This exploration of the remarkable people and influential activities of
the Knights Templar and Freemasonry is truly stunning. It sheds
considerable new light on how the practices, symbols and rituals of
these two brotherhoods took shape and affected the world around them.
"Born in Blood" began this work before its author passed away in 1996.
Now historian Sanford Holst has gathered many more discoveries and
internal documents that give a deeper look into the workings of the
Templars and Freemasons. The roots of Masonry are traced to Solomon's
Temple, the rise of Christianity, and the Crusades, causing this
society's relationships with stonemasons and the Templars to take on new
and significant meaning. We come to see how actions by Templars and
Masons affected the fall of kings in Europe, the rise of democracy, and
the Vatican's loss of its supreme position atop the Christian world.
After Masonry emerged into public view in 1717, it had a strong
influence on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other Masons who
worked to create a new country in America. These experiences are often
seen through the eyes of people who lived through the actual events --
told in their own words and drawn from remarkable collections of records
dating from those times. A tantalizing question is asked: what
practices among the Templars and Masons still affect our lives today?
This well-documented look inside the secretive Templar and Masonic
societies provides answers that may surprise you.