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The Templar Continuum

by Alan Butler and Stephen Dafoe

This is the latest release from the publishing entity known as Templar Books, owned by the co-author Stephen Dafoe. If you saw his appearance on the “Secret Societies” episode of Investigative Reports, then you know that this guy knows his stuff. He’s a Royal Arch Mason (or at least, that’s the rank he’d achieved last time I checked), and he was just named the Masonic Grand Historiographer for all of Canada. And with good reason. With seemingly no axe to grind except a desire for the truth, Butler and Dafoe lay out, once again, explanations for elements of Templar history that have never been suggested before.

It starts out by making the case for the existence of supposed “Salt lines”, first proposed by the author Xaviar Guichard. These are analogous to the ‘ley lines’ constantly written about by occult researchers, who note that a number of significant religious monuments from the past 2000 years, plus a number of ancient megalithic structures, seem to fall into prescribed patterns that create straight lines when charted across a map of Europe and the UK, where most of them occur. Most researchers chalk this up to mystical lines of energy created by our Earth’s magnetism, which the ancients were somehow able to “feel”, and Guichard calls them “Salt Lines” because they also correspond to ancient routes used in the European salt trade. The authors believe that the knowledge of these salt lines was passed down, from generation to generation, and finally to a group of noble families from the Burgundy area whom Butler and Dafoe call “the Troyes Fraternity” (consisting of Merovingian descendants and their Grail blood offshoots), who also chose to live, and build their most important monuments, along the salt lines. They in turn were responsible for creating the Knights Templar, who also choose to live and work along the salt lines. They further influenced a monastic group called the Cistercians, headed, effectively, though not officially, by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, which preceded the Templars and seems to have been intimately involved with them. Dafoe and Butler make the most solid case ever presented demonstrating that the Cistercians and the Templars were in fact two halves of the same entity. The authors even dub St. Bernhard “The most important man in Western history”, seeing as he basically helped to form and to ensure the success of the Templars, who then when on to reshape the entire economy of Europe by instituting the modern banking system of fractional reserve lending. They also brought about significant scientific changes in the fields of architecture (especially Cathedral building), shipbuilding, and agriculture, and they certainly brought the Pope‘s authority into question. If it weren’t for the Templars, the authors say, we’d still be living in a age of feudalism, and nations would still be subject to the ultimate rule of the Pope. The Merovingians (preceeders of the Troyes Fraternity) had, they claim, intended to use the Vatican to solidify their empire spread their spiritual tradition, which was much more in line with the Catholicism that was developing at that time, they claim, being closer to the “original” Christianity practiced by Jesus’ followers, and also closer to the megalithic religions that their ancestors practiced. But as soon as the Vatican started to morph into the autocratic monster that we remember from the Middle Ages, the Merovingians began to pull away from them. Eventually, the Vatican betrayed the pact they had made with the Merovingians to preserve for them the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire for all time, and arranged for the assassination of Merovingian King Dagobert II. At that point, the Merovingians, and the related salt line families that were to make up the “Troyes Fraternity” made it their life’s mission to bring down the Catholic/Feudalists regime.

To understand the relationship between the Merovingian/Troyes Fraternity (which is analogous to the Priory of Sion) and the megalithic cultures of ancient Britain and France, you have to understand the genealogy of culture proposed by Butler and Dafoe. They believe that the Minoan culture of Ancient Crete settled in the Levant area of modern Palestine after being chased off of their homeland by marauders. There they became the Philistines of the Bible (a totally new suggestion, as far as I can tell) who, apart from being the frequent opponents of the Hebrews in various wars, also influenced them a lot culturally, especially David and Solomon, who may have learned from them about the Salt lines, and other mystical info, regarding, perhaps, sacred geometry. This info could have been buried or encoded within the Temple of Solomon, with hints of it passed down to their descendants, who eventually became, you will recall, the royal dynasties of France and Britain. Later, these families made sure that all the information was reacquired by creating the Templars, who then had the opportunity to excavate and recover any materials deposited beneath the Temple Mount. After their stay in the Holy Land, the Templars became incredibly wealthy. They then began building magnificent Gothic structures all over Europe, utilizing the ancient principles of sacred geometry that they had recently reacquired. They also began reinventing the financial system of Europe, beginning the downfall of the noble feudalists who had betrayed their Merovingian ancestors so may years earlier, and creating the system that we are all familiar with today.

Anyone who’s heard of Butler or Dafoe knows the sober approach they take to their research. They never speculate without a firm basis for it, and they never suggest anything too weird. They are also very methodical about presenting detailed information. This may make for patches of dry reading, but at least you know that all the hypotheses have been thoroughly tested. And yet at the same time, they manage to present ground-breaking new theories on Templar history that shed fresh light on our preconceived notions. This book is great for all fans of the Knights Templar, and for those looking to learn more about the relationship between the sacred royal bloodlines of Europe and these mysterious fighting monks.

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