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The foreword to
Turning The Templar Key
by Martin Faulks
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Turning The Templar Key
Timeline 1 -The Barons of Roslin
Timeline 2 -William the Chapel-builder
Timeline 3 - The Original and Masonic Templars
Timeline 4 - Farming Symbolism
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1

Are the Knights Templar Alive and Well?

Did They Survive?

Templar Fact, Templar Fiction

My Path to Templarism

Modern-Day Templars

Carlile the Radical

Carlile's Early Masonic Templar Ritual

The Early Grand Rite of Templar Masonry

The Rite of "The Pilgrim"

Passing the Templar Veils

The Mystery of the Sacred Delta


Chapter 2

Will the Real Knights Templar Please Stand Up!

The Invention of Holy Violence

The Abbot of Clairvaux

The Political Balance: Trading Skill and Royal Support

How to Become Immortal: Guard the Holy Grail


Chapter 3

Friday the Thirteenth and its Aftermath

The Strategic Advantage of a Sudden Death

A Family of Saints and Bankrupts

Accusation, Torture and Royal Larceny


Chapter 4

Did the Knights Templar Become Freemasons?

My Introduction to Templar Masonry

Seditious Secret Societies?

The Royal Order of Scotland


Chapter 5

Survival or Revival?

How Templar Lore Might Have Passed to the Freemasons

The Kilwinning Hoax?

Enter Chevalier Ramsay


Chapter 6

Rosslyn Chapel and the Genesis of Freemasonry

What's in a Name?

Evidence in Stone

Plaques, Council Minutes, and Church Builders


Chapter 7

The Templar Escape to Scotland

That Missing Templar Fleet Again

Aberdeen-The Oldest Lodge in the World


Chapter 8

The Legend of Prince Henry St Clair

The Flight of the Templar Fleet

The Viking Order: Thralls, Churls and Jarls

Enter the Longships

Viking America

A New Look at "Prince" Henry of Orkney

"'Tis a Noble Thing to be a Pirate King?"


Chapter 9

The St Clair Grand Masters

Ancient Knowledge Passed Down the Generations

The First St Clair Charter

William Schaw-The Architect of the Craft

Mother Kilwinning Makes a Stand

The Mason Who Was King

The Second St Clair Charter


Chapter 10

The Grand Birth Pangs

The St Clair Hereditary Grand Masters

A Spreading of Grand Lodges

Canongate Kilwinning's Grand-Master Stroke


Chapter 11

Why Build Roslin Chapel?

A Far-Sighted Building Plan

Two Williams but One True Cross

The Rise of the St Clairs


Chapter 12

Relics, Shrines and Crowns

William St Clair's Cathedral of Codes

William St Clair, Political Pragmatist


Chapter 13

The Temple and the Spin Doctor

A Medieval Solomon

Unraveling the Myth and Symbolism of Roslin


Chapter 14

Eden Was a City

Secret Symbols of the Dead

The Rise of Farming

Hunting for Early Cities


Chapter 15

A History of Irrational Acts

Caught Wearing Your Mother's Genes!

Farmer's Wives or the Midwives of Farming?


Chapter 16

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Read Me a Sacred Tablet

The Story of Gilgamesh

The Masonic Myth of Initiation

Gilgamesh Comes to Roslin


Chapter 17

Freemasonry, Physics, and the Triumph of Templarism

The Last Great Adventure

From Knight Templar to Masonic Templar

A Defense of Intellectual High Treason

The Old and the New


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