If you’ve read the book “Hidden By Order” you know more than 99% of the people around about the truth behind the Templars, and their involvements in the Crusades.
It will be interesting to see whether the main researcher Dr Thomas Asbridge has read the material in Hidden By Order and been allowed to reveal some or all of the Templar Secrets, or if the conventional historical lines will be followed.
The show’s promotion material promises new insights, and so it will be of interest to those who know the truth, and those enquiring to see what is shared.
Quoting the BBC website:
Tonight – The story of the Crusades is remembered as a tale of religious fanaticism and unspeakable brutality, but using fresh evidence, Dr Thomas Asbridge re-examines this medieval drama
Dr Thomas Asbridge is an internationally renowned medieval historian and author of the critically acclaimed books The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land and The First Crusade: A New History. In the course of his research, he has travelled extensively across the Middle East and walked from Turkey to Jerusalem along the route of the First Crusade.
Thomas studied for a BA in Ancient and Medieval History at Cardiff University, and then gained his PhD in Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is now Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London and director of the groundbreaking MA in Islam & the West.
Hidden By Order is one of those rare books that you genuinely can’t seem to put down. Whether it is the sense of mystery or the revelations that occur late in the book I am not sure. Certainly there has not been a better book about the Knights Templar since Dan Brown nearly 10 years ago. It is written as a discovery essay allowing the reader to access the information and make decisions for themselves. It is not a ‘fois gras’ of a book- nothing is force fed or too rich to digest. The structure is contemporary and is a fascinating description of the history and links to other cultures. The reader is lead, like the author with his guide John, on a journey with the shields of logic, science and philosophy.
History is always relative (our own relative truth) and is always potentially wrong as it is written by those with an interest in the recording of such events. This book derives information for a wide variety of sources and is clear in its evaluation of the context and significance of that history. Some of the information appears to be completely original in its origin. There is an element of psychology and undercurrent of fear associated with some of the chapters. The novel is part of the exploration of alternative religious history, whose central plot point wide ranging and extra ordinary in its nature. The book will provoke a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Magdalene’s role in the history of Christianity as well as how the Knights Templar were part of our own history.
This book reveals many of the Knights Templar secret legends, including exposé photos of creatures known to the Templars but ‘hidden by the Order’ (The Knights Templar Order). The Knights Templar offers alternative viewpoints to currently accepted history. The book is necessarily a blend, containing much which is fact but, at times, interpreting facts through conjecture. At such times, there are insufficient facts to provide indisputable proof, and we must employ analysis and rational thinking in order to arrive at a logical conclusion. The subjects covered in the book, while somewhat diverse, are in fact strongly linked, forming evidence of a cover-up of knowledge throughout history, controlling the beliefs of our ancestors, and perpetuating untruths through ruthless censorship for political, monetary or spiritual gain.
The book is already causing waves and some of the material is very disturbing. Part of the joy of reading a good book (and this is a good book) is to be stimulated, drawn in to the narrative and left with a sense of real change. By reading the prose carefully, allowing the full story to develop, expand and interlink- will leave you feeling that there are, indeed, many things Hidden by Order.