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Strategy of Relegional and Polotical Terrorism in Middle East during Historical Ages: Comparative Study between Templars and Assassins “Historical Theorization” Interdisciplinary Study


Prepared by the researcher  : Dr. Galal Zanaty Alexandria University- Egypt

Democratic Arab Center

Journal of Strategic and Military Studies : Twelfth Issue – September 2021

A Periodical International Journal published by the “Democratic Arab Center” Germany – Berlin

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Journal of Strategic and Military Studies

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This study deals with the strategy of religious and political terrorism in the Middle East during historical times, a comparative study between the Templars and the Assassins, an intersectional study, and the study relied on the historical approach that relies on sources in documenting events. Certainly, there is no difference in composition between the Sicari, the Templars, or the Assassins, as these organizations relied on religious propaganda to spread, despite the fact that all of them were linked to political goals.Which explains the multiplicity of ISIS’s international association with a number of countries supporting the achievement of political interests, and the study recommended that addressing terrorism must take into account the historical aspect in knowing the roots of the phenomenon and providing available solutions to that phenomenon that has become a threat to global security.


During this project we doing our best to create a new theory of security  “Terrorism as Violence attack” by critic the theory of Dr. Naef Al- Rodhan ([1])  in Security an intenational relation because the most whriter in field of middle east conflict ignor the effect of Historical Elements which I could called it “Historo- Polotic” if we understand those elements we could found soulotions for the conflict because all of types of conflicts like Ehnic & Terrorism have roots from Middle ages till  21th Century.Most believe that private security is a relatively new invention, with some thinking it’s a phenomenon created from Neolithic ages, in old Civilization, Ancient Egyptian Kings. At The first written Historical accounts refer that, the great pharaohs and their court officials hired private security to protect themselves and their possessions, pharaoh Ramses II ,in 1300 B.C privately hired Nubian Medjai ,Syrian,Lyban,and Sardinian warriors to supplement his official military and police forces.During the story of Hoopoes of Solomon, in 1000 B.C, we could learn from this Agent Rating, Arrangement, Analyzing, and Prioritization of Security Information by this little Bird.

Middle Ages, the period in European history from the collapse of civilization, Ancient Roman Empire in the 5th century CE to the period of the Renaissance variously interpreted as beginning in the 13th Century, 14th Century, or 15th century, depending on the region of Europe and other factors. A brief treatment of The Middle Ages follows. It would seem unnecessary to observe that the men and women who lived during the thousand years or so preceding the Renaissance Era were not conscious of living in The Middle Ages. ([2]) The Concept “Middle Ages” tell us more about the Renaissance that followed it than it does about the era itself. Starting around the 14th century, European philosophers, thinkers, writers and artists began to look back and celebrate the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Accordingly, they dismissed the period after the fall of Rome as a Middle or even Dark Age in which no scientific accomplishments had been made, no great art produced, no great leaders born. ([3]) The Catholic Church in the middle Ages era, after the fall of ancient Roman empire, no single state or government united the people who lived on the European continent. Instead, the Catholic Church became the most powerful institution of the medieval period. The Kings, the queens and other leaders derived much of their power from their alliances with and protection of the Church. ([4])

Terrorism can be seen as a specific phenomenon to an asymmetric conflict, waged from inferior states or states, organizations that abstain from the rules imposed by the Geneva Conventions.This is the overriding reason why prevention and combat of this scourge must be found in the national security strategies of all the states in the world..During the whole history, terrorism has existed since ancient times – since antiquity and the middle Ages – its purpose was to cause terror and panic, aggression on human beings and, at the same time, civilization and systems values. The first organization that brings today’s terrorist forms of organization is considered by specialists and historians as the zealots of Judea who were organized in various forms to assassinate the Romans (as occupation forces) as well as the Jews, these the latter accusing him of collaborating with the Romans. The motivation of the zealots was of a religious nature, given the differences of religion between them and the Romans, considering that because of the Romans they cannot practice their own religion.Then followed the actions of those in the Order of Assassins, actions that were strikingly similar to those of today’s organizations – sending one man to kill an important leader from the enemy. The group disappeared in 1273, after two centuries of its actions sowed terror in the Middle East.From the disappearance of the Assassins’ Order to the end of the 1700s, no significant terrorist groups have been registered, and after the French Revolution, the modern era of terrorism began. In 1795, during the French Revolution, for the first time, the word terrorist and the word terrorism were used when the revolutionary government initiated a regime of terror. In response to the regime set up by the government, those who did not recognize. ([5])

The Difference between Startegy and Tactics., the complementary nature of stategy and tactics has defined intertwined military realm,tactics teach the use of armed forces in engagements,while strategy teaches the use of engagaments to achieve the goals of the war.just as the term “Startegy” originated with the Greeks,so too did term “Tactics”.The  original meaning of tactics is order literally the “ordrering of information on the battlefield”.Chinese general Sun Tzu described   the difference this way : All the men can see tactics I use to conquer,but what none can see is the strategy out of which great victory “.([6]) Strategy and Tactics atre both how you will achieve your goals and objectives.

The revolution – its opponents – used assassination and intimidation of revolutionary agents as terrorist tactics.Romania has been considered, for a long period of time, a small state without being facing acts of terrorism. That is the reason why, in the real sense of the subject, without having the power we could not reach our way of life and the security of the state.The change has occurred since our country joined the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) and the European Union (EU). These moments meant the assumption of obligations, including those to support the Member States and to participate – alongside them – in the fight against terrorist acts.The phenomenon of terrorism is at the moment wide and the reasons are multiple: from the increase in the resources available to certain terrorist organizations, the easy access to modern technologies, the improvement of the organizational systems of the terrorist groups, the worrying increase in the number of sympathizers, especially in Western states.All of the above considerations are, in my opinion, sufficiently serious reasons to initiate the study of the phenomenon of terrorism and neoterorism from its own perspective, which – I am sure – will lead to the knowledge of all the procedures and of the ways of action, with the aim of managed to provide confidence, security and freedom to all the inhabitants of the country.The ancient Greeks Developed a Sophisticated system of security forces to protect essential government officials as well as the public highways leading into major cities. The practice continued in ancient Rome, where government and wealthy individuals hired private security for protection, often professional soldiers who became mercenaries between the wars and needed the work. About 400 AD.During the Byzantine era, the emperor created the Varangian Guard, to protect himself and his family. The Romans also wrote the “twelve tablets” they formed as Praetorian Guard around this time, thought to be the first official police force. In Middle Ages, In Europe in 1215 AD king John of England Refer to duty in fighting crime, Asia (china, Mongol & Japan like Ninja assassins branch of Samurai ,Arab Gulf) the warlords and their wealthy subjects once again were able to utilize private security forces to protect their land and possessions,  for Example Prophet Muhammad Created two Individual Agencies for security, first For National Security, Second for National Intelligence.The Concept of National Security., A countries national security is its ability to protect itself from threat of violence attack.That is often understood as a capacity of nation to Mobilize Military forces to guarantee its borders and to deter or successfully defend against physical threats including military aggression and attacks by non-state actors such as Terrorism.International security also called global security is the measures taken by states and international organizations, such as the United Nations, European Union, and others, to ensure mutual survival and safety. ([7])

Term of “Middle East” (ME), refers to the region from Afghanistan to Morocco geographically, but historically it refers to Mesopotamian region of the Levant.Estimation of Sitiuation & Expextations: We could expect that during the conflict during Cold War 1945 till 2019 there is three projects in Geopolotical map in Middle East:  First National project from Abd El Nasser to Sadam to El Qadafi to Al Assad, Second, Islamic project in Musslim Brothehood Turkey and Iran as a sympole.Third Poject of Democratic Middle East its has three vision by Israel, Arabs, Kurds). ([8])

There were some instances of aircraft hijackings and bombings (such as over Lockerbie Scotland), and a few embassies were attacked or even seized (such as in Tehran), but these operations were not carried out by groups of the Extreme Left The most deadly terrorist act in the United States prior to September 11, 2001, was the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, carried out by right-wing extremist sectarians. Nationalist, terrorism continued (in Ulster, the Basque region of Spain, Sri Lanka,Israel, and some other places), but the Islamist terrorism that figures,so prominently today was, as yet, hardly in appearance except sporadically, in some Middle Eastern countries.Today, terrorism and al-Qaida, and similar groups motivated by religious fanaticism, have virtually become synonyms, inevitably perhaps, because most contemporary terrorism is carried out by their adherents. But the temptation to equate terrorism with these groups should be resisted for the simple reason that terrorism  ntedates militant Islamism by a very long time and, for all one knows, will continue to exist well after the present protagonists of jihadism have disappeared.Terrorism is not a political doctrine, even though some have attempted to transform it into an ideology; it is, instead, one of the oldest forms of violence—even though it goes without saying that not all violence is terrorism. It probably antedates regular warfare because the fighting of armies involves a certain amount of organization and sophisticated logistics that primitive man did not have ([9]). By 18th century, migration into cities was well underway in Europe, with a resultant rise in crime .in 1737 taxes were first used to pay for a night patrol in London and other cites, and in 1748 Hennery Fielding proposed creating a permanent official professional force of security guards. America soon followed the Example .in 1850 created Pinkerton.During World War II (1939-1945 AD) the U.S government used private security to protect vital industries. Afterward, the Cold War created a further need for security for protection against espionage. Security was developed from old to Modern Ages.

For our aims of study this Research  is Interdisciplinary Study aims to explain relation between Branches Social Science Like History, Sociology, Economic, Political Science and security and Fostering A Historical Theorization by demonstrate  that  The Concept of  Terrorism have a roots during Historical Ages.Methodology: Methodology of this research is a comparative analytical study that uses Historical Methodology and the descriptive method and trying to Answer a Research questions: What are the concept of Terrorism in Middle East?, For that the different understanding for this reasons and for the study approach I used in the study is based really on contemporary events, sources close timetable of events and time – delayed sources, while reference is relied upon in the case of thought or idea.

Historical Background

Terrorism appears in the Bible’s Old Testament, and there were frequent incidents of political murder, even systematic assassination in Greek and Roman history.The  murder of Julius Caesar, to give but one example, preoccupied writers and artists for the next two millennia. The question of whether tyrannicide (such as undertaken by Investigators examine the remains of Pan Am flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 22, 1988. All 259 persons on board and 11 people on the ground died. Sicarius” redirects here. For the terrorist group named after the Sicarii, For the Haredi gang named after the Sicarii, see Sikrikim. For the Roman-era laws concerning the usurping occupant of lands in Judea.The Sicarii (Modern Hebrew: סיקריים (siqariyim) were a splinter group of the Jewish Zealots who, in the decades preceding Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 CE, strongly opposed the Roman occupation of Judea and attempted to expel them and their sympathizers from the area. The Sicarii carried sicae, or small daggers, concealed in their cloaks. At public gatherings, they pulled out these daggers to attack Romans and alleged Roman sympathizers alike, blending into the crowd after the deed to escape detection.The Sicarii are regarded as one of the earliest known organized assassination units of cloak and daggers, predating the Islamic Hashishin and Japanese ninja by centuries.The derived Spanish term sicario is used in contemporary Latin America to describe a hitman working for a drug cartel. ([10])

Philosophers and theologians were aware even then that there was a grave danger of misusing the doctrine of justifiable tyrannicide.claiming ultima ratio when, in fact, there was no justifiable reason for killing (such as in the case of the murder of the good King Henri IV of France) or when there existed other ways to express protest and Resistance In the meantime, small groups engaging in systematic terrorism over long periods had arisen, such as the secret sect of the Assassins, an offshoot of the Muslim Ismailis, which operated from the 8th into the 14th century from what is now Iraq and Iran, killing governors prefects, caliphs, and a crusader king of Jerusalem. They pioneered suicide terrorism—their weapon was always the danger, and since their victims were usually well guarded, the chances of escaping were virtually nil. Even the language they used has survived—a fighter was a fida’i, a term used to this day Terrorism continued to be active through the end of the Middle Ages into Modern Times, though on a somewhat reduced scale. This was the age of great wars such as the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). And in such periods, when a great many people were killed and wounded on the battlefields, no one would pay much attention if terrorist violence occurred here and there on a small scale ([11]).

Terrorism is a highly complex and constantly changing phenomenon, which makes headlines on a daily basis and stands at the forefront of national and international agendas. It has many forms and is associated with a wide variety of groups. They range from nationalist-separatist organisations and right-wing and left-wing groups, to political religious networks and groups and individuals that commit terrorist acts based on other or mixed motivations or ideologies .Of all different kinds of political-religious terrorism, (transnational) jihadi terrorism is the most threatening one to western values, interests and societies. This form of terrorism is the product of a combination of Islamist ideology and the idea of the jihad. The latter term can be translated as a fight or a quest. It connotes a wide range of meanings and has two distinct forms.The first is the so-called ‘greater jihad’ as explained by The Prophet Mohammed. This jihad is inward-seeking: it involves the effort of each Muslim to become a better human being, to struggle to improve him- or herself and, as a result, to be a good Muslim. In addition, the greater jihad is a test of each Muslim’s obedience to God and willingness to implement His commands on earth. The second form is the so-called ‘lesser jihad’. It sanctions the use of violence against an unjust ruler, whether Muslim or not, and can become the means to mobilize that political and social struggle.Today’s most radical and violent Islamic groups ignore the greater jihad and adopt the lesser jihad as a complete political and social philosophy.1 These groups also advocate the lesser jihad as a duty for all individual Muslims ([12]).

What impact will terrorism have on ME cities? Historically, large-scale violence has impacted cities in three ways. First, concentrations of people have an advantage in defending themselves from attackers, making cities more appealing in times of violence. Second, cities often make attractive targets for violence, which creates an incentive for people to disperse. Finally, since warfare and terrorism often specifically target means of transportation, violence can increase the effective cost of transportation, which will usually increase the demand for density. Evidence on war and cities in the 20th century suggests that the effect of wars on urban form can be large (for example, Berlin in World War II), but more commonly neither terrorism nor wars have significantly altered urban form. As such, across America the effect of terrorism on cities is likely to be small. The only exception to this is downtown New York which, absent large-scale subsidies, will probably not be fully rebuilt. Furthermore, such subsidies make little sense to us.The tendency of marauders to destroy large urban areas helps us to understand why, historically, urban life disappears during chaotic periods. For example, the urban world.that grew under the Pax Romana disappeared from much of Europe during the subsequent middle ages. In no small part, this disappearance occurred because large cities were regularly being sacked. The most famous example, of course, is Rome itself which was sacked regularly for centuries after Alaric first seized the city. A farmer in the campagna might hope to avoid the attention of the marauding hordes. A shopkeeper in Rome was pretty sure to have his goods and shop stolen or destroyed. Unsurprisingly the Rome in 800 A.D. had less than 10 percent of its 400 A.D. population Rome is, of course, far from being the only example of a target city. Indeed, as Pounds. Writes “the destruction of urban life. Was on a far greater scale along the empire’s northern frontier and in the Balkan peninsula.” Trier in Belgium was sacked three times in other times and in other places, wars have also decimated cities. The Thirty Years War led to a massive de-population of German cities. Wedgwood, writes that between 1620 and 1650, “the population of Marburg, eleven times occupied, dwindled by half.” Augsburg also lost more than one-half of its population. The great cities of pre Columbian America all but disappeared during the Spanish conquest. The urban world of the Byzantine Empire collapsed along with imperial authority when cities end up without the military strength to protect their riches, they are invariably targets, and destruction tends to follow. The objective of terrorists is destruction, not plunder, but cities are still ideal targets. The best evidence for this is that the September 11 attack targeted the single highest density area in the United States. It seems likely that this attraction of terrorism to density will continue and will create an added cost to urban agglomeration ([13]).

 while identifying many of the same characteristics, adds that the “Middle Ages in Western Christendom between the 11th and the 14th centuries was nevertheless held together by the dual yet competitive universalistic claims of the Empire and the Church.21 In his view, the notion of the Middle Ages as a disorderly system ignores the forces which gave it coherence. He then argues that a similar dualism exists today with regard to the state on the one side and the globalized market economy on the other.There are several difficulties with this, however. First, Friedrichs discussion of the Middle Ages is highly selective both geographically and temporally. Second, even if we accept that the universalistic claims he identifies provided a critical degree of order, it is not clear that either the state or the transnational market economy can do the same in the 21st century. On the contrary as suggested below—globalization, far from helping to impose a degree of order, actually compounds the disorder Clearly, Cerny’s encapsulation of the new medievalism is far more compelling than Friedrichs especially in terms of its emphasis on disorder Unlike Friedrichs, Cerny sees contemporary forces such as globalization and connectivity as having profoundly negative as well as positive effects. When combined with technology that has become more diffused and easily acquired, the result is not only an empowerment of what James Rosenau almost 20 years ago termed “sovereignty-free actors,” but also a turbocharging of global politics.23 The speed of travel and communications, the ease and low cost of business transactions, the volume and velocity of financial flows the pervasiveness of television, and the growing reach of the Internet have created a world that would be unintelligible not only to citizens in the Middle Ages but also to many of those who lived in the first half of the 20th century.We live in a somewhat paradoxical era when political conditions and the dispersion of authority increasingly resemble the Middle Ages, but the forces of modernity, technology, and globalization add a whole new set of challenges to the viability and integrity of the state system and make the provision of security—at the national, public, and individual levels—increasingly problematic. Cerny, of course recognizes all this and sums it up in his notion of the security deficit.” 24 This is based on the contention that traditional state approaches to the provision of security such as the maintenance of a global or regional balance of power are increasingly irrelevant to contemporary and future challenges At the same time, Cerny contends that “such turbulence does not necessarily mean chaos.

In the late 1980s, Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) theorists began to recognize a shift in warfare which they assumed was both in the character and nature of war their ideas and publications triggered a captivating dialogue on how warfare was changing. This debate helped prompt the U.S. military to recognize the change and begin its transformation. However, over the ensuing years, a number of military thinkers and strategists demonstrated that the 4GW theorists did not get it all right. They set the stage for a generation of subsequent theorists to follow with their own predictions of future warfare. Frank Hoffman entered the scene near the end of the future war debate He compellingly argued that warfare is converging, blending into a hybrid form, wherein adversaries will use all capabilities at their disposal. The key to success in such a period of change and persistent conflict is an agile strategic approach that relies on a wide array of capabilities. Accordingly, the U.S. must review and adjust its national strategies, warfighting concepts, and force structures. The nation must be able to adaptively and effectively combine these new capabilities to prevail in the hybrid conflicts that will dominate the near to mid-term.

There are four prior generations of warfare: First Generation involves mass anpower. Second Generation is mass firepower that replaced mass manpower where movement became based on advancing lines of firepower. Third Generation involves qualitative maneuver opposed to quantitative fire. Lastly, the Fourth Generation represents nsurgency. In Fourth Generation we see global insurgency involving franchises on non-state actors acting in coordinated concert against the state-based system. This entailed psychological warfare and the fighting against the technology of westernized, developed states where groups, such as al-Qaeda, thrived. 5GW involves conflict between identity-based groups, which broadly includes cultural, social, economic conflict. This can be seen as warfare designed to end democracy. It is not aimed at the state, but is focused on the erosion of state institutions, and weakening the bonds that hold states together. 5GW can therefore be used by a state, but equal, represents a move away from the state towards a particular cause empowered by its populations ([14]).

One of the characteristics of human beings is that we make war with weapons our limbs and teeth are unimposing, and have probably atrophied over evolutionary time because our big brains allowed us to hunt and fight as a cooperative enterprise. Big brains also allowed us to fashion clubs, spears and other such instruments of violence The earliest weapons—clubs, spears, slings, bows and arrows—typically required wood construction, even if the business end was made of sharpened stone or, at later times, of metal ([15]).

Guerrilla warfare as a global concern despite the impressive technological innovations of the twentieth century, the principles of warfare are not modern but ancient; they were well established when Caesar marched out on his first campaign. And what is true of war in general is even more true, if possible, of guerrilla warfare in particular. In the works of modern theorists certain parallel terms such as people’s war, mobile war and protracted war are often found, as well as the expressions of terrorism and urban-terrorism. In essence these may all be related to guerrilla warfare, yet there are fundamental differences which should be kept in mind. Laqueur warns in the preface of his book that terms such as revolutionary war, people’s war or iberation struggle may be applicable to certain specific cases, yet can be misleading if used elsewhere. Furthermore the description urban-guerrillas is more accurately expressed as urban-terrorists ([16]).

In the year 1118–nineteen years after the first crusade had ended with the defeat of the Moslems, the capture of Antioch and Jerusalem, and the instalment of Godefroi de Bouillon as king of the latter city–a band of nine French gentilshommes, led by Hugues de Payens and Godefroi de Saint-Omer, formed themselves into an Order for the protection of pilgrims to the Holy Sepulchre. Baldwin II, who at tmoment succeeded the throne of Jerusalem, presented them with a house near the site of the Temple of Solomon–hence the name of Knights Templar under which they were to become famous. In 1128 the Order was sanctioned by the Council of Troyes and by the Pope, and a rule was drawn up by St. Bernard under which the Knights Templar was bound by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. ([17]) But although the Templars distinguished themselves by many deeds of valour, the regulation that they were to live solely on alms led to donations so enormous that, abandoning their vow of poverty, they spread themselves over Europe, and by the end of the twelfth century had become a rich and powerful body. The motto that the Order had inscribed upon its banner, “Non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam,” was likewise forgotten, for, their faith waxing gold, they gave themselves up to pride and ostentation. Thus, as an eighteenth-century masonic writer has expressed it: The war, which for the greater number of warriors of good faith proved the source of weariness, of losses and misfortunes, became for them (the Templars) only the opportunity for booty and aggrandizement, and if they distinguished themselves by a few brilliant actions, their motive soon ceased to be a matter of doubt when they were seen to enrich themselves even with the spoils of the confederates, to increase their credit by the extent of the new possessions they had acquired, to carry arrogance to the point of rivalling crowned princes in pomp and grandeur, to refuse their aid against the enemies of the faith, as the history of Saladin testifies, and finally to ally themselves with that horrible and sanguinary prince named the Old Man of the Mountain Prince of the Assassins ([18]).

The truth of the last accusation is, however, open to question. For a time, at any rate, the Templars had been at war with the Assassins. When in 1152 the Assassins murdered Raymond, Comte de Tripoli, the Templars entered their territory and forced them to sign a treaty by which they were to pay a yearly tribute of 12,000 gold pieces in expiation of the crime. Some years later the Old Man of the Mountain sent an ambassador to Amaury, King of Jerusalem, to tell him privately that if the Templars would forgo the payment of this tribute he and his followers would embrace the Christian faith. Amaury accepted, offering at the same time to compensate the Templars, but some of the Knights assassinated the ambassador before he could return to his master. When asked for reparations the Grand Master threw the blame on an evil one-eyed Knight named Gautier de Maisnil ([19]). It is evident, therefore, that the relations between the Templars and the Assassins were at first far from amicable ; nevertheless, it appears probable that later on an understanding was brought about between them. Both on this charge and on that of treachery towards the Christian armies, Dr. Bussell’s impartial view of the question may be quoted: When in 1149 the Emperor Conrad III failed before Damascus, the Templars were believed to have a secret understanding with e garrison of that city; . . . in 1154 they were said to have sold, for 60,000 gold pieces, a prince of Egypt who had wished to become a Christian; he was taken home to suffer certain death at the hands his fanatical family. In 1166 Amaury, King of Jerusalem, hanged twelve members of the Order for betraying a fortress to Nureddin.And Dr. Bussell goes on to say that it cannot be disputed hat they had ” long and important dealings ” with the Assassin ” and were therefore suspected (not unfairly) of imbibing their precepts and following their principles ([20]).

By the end of the thirteenth century the Templars had become suspect, not only in the eyes of the clergy, but of the general public. “Amongst the common people,” one of their latest apologists admits” vague rumours circulated. They talked of the covetousness and want of scruple of the Knights, of their passion for aggrandizement and their rapacity. Their haughty insolence was proverbial. Drinking habits were attributed to them ; the saying was already in use ‘ to drink like a Templar.’ The old German word Tempelhaus indicated house of ill-fame ([21]).The same rumours had reached Clement V even before his accession to the papal throne in 1305,and in this same year he summoned the Grand Master of the Order, Jacques du Molay, to return to France from the island of Cyprus  where he was assembling fresh forces to avenge the recent reverses of the Christian armies.Du Molay arrived in France with sixty other Knights Templar and 150,000 gold florins, as well as a large quantity of silver that the Order had amassed in the east. ([22]) The Pope now set himself to make enquiries concerning the charges of  unspeakable apostasy against God, detestable idolatry, execrable vice, and many heresies ” that had been ” secretly intimated ” to him. But, to quote his own words Because it did not seem likely nor credible that men of such religion who were believed often to shed their blood and frequently expose their persons to the peril of death for Christ’s name and who showed such great and many signs of devotion both in divine offices as well as in facts, as in other devotional observances, should be so forgetful of their salvation as to do these things, we were unwilling . . . to give ear to this kind of insinuation (hujusmodi insinuacioni ac delacioni ipsorum…aurem noluimus inclinare). ([23])

The King of France, Philippe le Bel, who had hitherto been the friend of the Templars, now became alarmed and urged the Pope to take action against them; but before the Pope was able to find out more about the matter, the King took the law into his own hands and had all the Templars in France arrested on October 13, 1307. The following charges were then brought against them by the Inquisitor for France before whom they were examined. The ceremony of imitation into their Order was accompanied by insults to the Cross, the denial of Christ, and gross obscenities.  The adoration of an idol which was said to be the image of the true God., The omission of the words of consecration at Mass.,the right that the lay chiefs arrogated to themselves of giving absolution., authorization of unnatural vice .To all these infamies a great number of the Knights, including Jacques du Molay, confessed in almost precisely the same terms ; at their admission into the Order, they said, they had been shown the cross on which was the figure of Christ, and had been asked whether they believed in Him, when they answered yes, they  were told in some cases that this was wrong (dixit sibi quod male credebat) ([24]) because He was not God, He was a false prophet (quia falsus propheta erat, nec erat Deus).Some added that they were then shown an idol or a bearded head which they were told to worship ([25]); one added that this was of such ” a terrible aspect that it seemed to him to be the face of some devil, called in French un maufé, and that whenever he saw it he was so overcome with fear that he could hardly look at it without fear and trembling. ([26])All who confessed declared that they had been ordered to spit on the crucifix, and very many that they had received the injunction to commit obscenities and to practise unnatural vice. Some said that on their refusal to carry out these orders they had been threatened with imprisonment, even perpetual imprisonment ; a few said they had actually been incarcerated ([27]); one declared that he had been terrorized, seized by the throat, and threatened with death. ([28]) Since, however, a number of these confessions were made under torture, it is more important to consider the evidence provided by the trial of the Knights at the hands of the Pope, where this method was not employed Now, at the time the Templars were arrested, Clement V, deeply resenting the King’s interference with an Order which existed entirely under papal jurisdiction, wrote in the strongest terms of remonstrance to Philippe le Bel urging their release and even after their trial, neither the confessions of the Knights nor the angry expostulations of the King could persuade him to believe in their guilt. ([29]) But as the scandal concerning the Templars was increasing, he consented to receive in private audience ” a certain Knight of the Order, of great nobility and held by the said Order in no slight esteem,” who testified to the abominations that took place on the reception of the Brethren, the spitting on the cross, and other things which were not lawful nor, humanly speaking, decent([30]) The Pope then decided to hold an examination of seventy-two French Knights at Poictiers in order to discover whether the confessions made by them before the Inquisitor at Paris could be substantiated, and at this examination, conducted without torture or pressure of any kind in the presence of the Pope himself, the witnesses declared on oath that they would tell ” the full and pure truth.” They then made confession which were committed to writing in their presence, and these being afterwards read aloud to them, they expressly and willingly approved them (perseverantes in illis eas expresse et sponte, prout recitate fuerunt approbarunt) ([31]).Besides this, an examination of the Grand Master, Jacques du Molay, and the Preceptors of the Order was held in the presence of ” three Cardinals and four public notaries and .many other good men.” These witnesses, says the official report, ” having sworn with their hands on the Gospel of God ” (ad sancta dei evangelia ab iis corporaliter tacta) that they would on all the aforesaid things speak the pure and full truth, they, separately, freely, and spontaneously, without any coercion and fear, deposed and confessed among other things, the a denial of Christ and spitting upon the cross when they were received into the Order of the Temple. And some of them (deposed and confessed) that under the same form, namely, with denial of Christ and spitting on the cross, they had received many Brothers into the Order. Some of them too confessed certain other horrible and disgusting things on which we are silent. . . . Besides this, they said and confessed that those things which are contained in the confessions and depositions of heretical depravity which they made lately before the Inquisitor (of Paris) were true.Their confessions, being again committed to writing, were approved by the witnesses, who then with bended knees and many tears asked for and obtained absolution([32]).The Pope, however, still refused to take action against the whole Order merely because the Master and Brethren around him had ” gravely sinned,” and it was decided to hold a papal commission in Paris. The first sitting took place in November 1309, when the Grand Master and 231 Knights were summoned before the pontifical commissioners. ” This enquiry,” says Michelet, ” was conducted slowly, with much consideration and gentleness (avec beaucoup de ménagement et de douceur) by high ecclesiastical dignitaries, an archbishop, several bishops, etc. ([33]) But although a number of the Knights, including the Grand Master, now retracted their admissions, some damning confessions were again forthcoming. It is impossible within the scope of this book to follow the many trials of the Templars that took place in different countries–in Italy, at Ravenna, Pisa, Bologna, and Florence, where torture was not employed and blasphemies were admitted, ([34]) or in Germany, where torture was employed but no confessions were made and a verdict was given in favour of the Order. A few details concerning the trial in England may, however, be of interest. It has generally been held that torture was not applied in England owing to the humanity of Edward II, who at first, absolutely refused to listen to any accusations against the Order.On December 10, 1307, he had written to the Pope in these terms : And because the said Master or Brethren constant in the purity of he Catholic faith have been frequently commended by us, and by all our kingdom, both in their life and morals, we are unable to believe in suspicious stories of this kind until we know with greater certainty about these things.We, therefore, pity from our souls the suffering and losses of the Sd. Master and brethren, which they suffer in consequence of such infamy, and we supplicate most affectionately your Sanctity if it please you, that considering with favour suited to the good character of the Master and brethren, you may deem fit to meet with more indulgence the detractions, calumnies and charges by certain envious and evil disposed persons, who endeavour to turn their good deeds into works of perverseness opposed to divine teaching ; until the said charges attributed to them shall have been brought legally before you or your representatives here and more fully proved ([35]).(21 Edward II also wrote in the same terms to the Kings of Portugal, Castile, Aragon, and Sicily. But two years later, after Clement V had himself heard the confessions of the Order and a Papal Bull had been issued declaring that «the unspeakable wickednesses and abominable crimes of notorious heresy ” had now ” come to the knowledge of almost everyone,” Edward II was persuaded to arrest the Templars and order their examination. According to Mr. Castle, whose interesting treatise we quote here, the King would not allow torture to be employed, with the result that the Knights denied all charges ; but later, it is said, he allowed himself to be overpersuaded, and torture appears to have been applied on one or two occasions ([36])with the result that three Knights confessed to all and were given absolution ([37]).At Southwark, however, ” a considerable number of brethren ” admitted that ” they had been strongly accused of the crimes of negation and spitting, they did not say they were guilty but that they could not purge themselves . . . and therefore they abjured these and all other heresies. ([38]) Evidence was also given against the Order by outside witnesses, and the same stories of intimidation at the ceremony of reception were told. ([39]) At any rate, the result of the investigation was not altogether satisfactory, and the Templars were finally suppressed in England as elsewhere by the Council of Vienne in 1312. In France more rigorous measures were adopted and fifty-four Knights who had retracted their confessions were burnt at the stake as “relapsed heretics” on May 12, 1310. Four years later, on March 14, 1314, the Grand Master, Jacques du Molay, suffered the same fate.Now, however much we must execrate the barbarity of this sentence–as also the cruelties that had preceded it–this is no reason why we should admit the claim of the Order to noble martyrdom put forward by the historians who have espoused their cause. The character of the Templars is not rehabilitated by condemning the conduct of the King and Pope. Yet this the line of argument usually adopted by the defenders of the Order. Thus the two main contentions on which they base their defence are, firstly, that the confessions of the Knights were made under torture, therefore they must be regarded as null and void; and, secondly, that the whole affair was a plot concerted between the King and Pope in order to obtain possession of the Templars’ riches. Let us examine these contentions in turn. In the first place, as we have seen, all confessions were not made under torture. No one, as far as I am aware, disputes Michelet’s assertion that the enquiry before the Papal Commission in Paris, at which a number of Knights adhered to the statements they had made to the Pope, was conducted without pressure of any kind. But further, the fact that confessions are made under torture does not necessarily invalidate them as evidence. Guy Fawkes also confessed under torture, yet it is never suggested that the whole story of the Gunpowder Plot was a myth. Torture, however much we may condemn it, has frequently proved the only method for overcoming the intimidation exercised over the mind of a conspirator; a man bound by the terrible obligations of a confederacy and fearing the vengeance of his fellow-conspirators will not readily yield to persuasion, but only to force. If, then, some of the Templars were terrorized by torture, or even by the fear of torture, it must not be forgotten that terrorism was exercised by both sides. Few will deny that the Knights were bound by oaths of secrecy, so that on one hand they were threatened with the vengeance of the Order if they betrayed its secrets, and on the other faced with torture if they refused to confess. Thus they found themselves between the devil and the deep sea. It was therefore not a case of a mild and unoffending Order meeting with brutal treatment at the hands of authority, but of the victims of a terrible autocracy being delivered into the hands of another autocracy.Moreover, do the confessions of the Knights appear to be the outcome of pure imagination such as men under the influence of torture might devise? It is certainly difficult to believe that the accounts of the ceremony of initiation given in detail by men in different countries, all closely resembling each other, yet related in different phraseology, could be pure inventions. Had the victims been driven to invent they would surely have contradicted each other, have cried out in their agony that all kinds of wild and fantastic rites had taken place in order to satisfy the demands of their interlocutors. But no, each appears to be describing the same ceremony more or less completely, with characteristic touches that indicate the personality of the speaker, and in the main all the stories tally.The further contention that the case against the Templars was manufactured by the King and Pope with a view to obtaining their wealth is entirely disproved by facts. The latest French historian of mediæval France, whilst expressing disbelief in the guilt of the Templars, characterizes this counter-accusation as “puerile.” “Philippe the Bel,” writes M. Funck-Brentano, ” has never been understood ; from the beginning people have not been just to him. This young prince was one of the greatest kings and the noblest characters that have appeared in history ([40]).

Without carrying appreciation so far, one must nevertheless accord to M. Funck-Brentano’s statement of facts the attention it merits. Philippe has been blamed for debasing the coin of the realm; in reality he merely ordered it to be mixed with alloy; as a necessary measure after the war with England,([41]) precisely as our own coinage was debased in consequence of the recent war. This was done quite openly and the coinage was restored at the earliest opportunity. Intensely national, his policy of attacking the Lombards, exiling the Jews, and suppressing the Templars, however regrettable the methods by which it was carried out, resulted in immense benefits to France ; M. Funck-Brentano has graphically described the prosperity of the whole country during the early fourteenth century–the increase of population, flourishing agriculture and industry. «In Provence and Languedoc one meets swineherds who have vineyards, simple cowherds who have town houses. ([42])

The attitude of Philippe le Bel towards the Templars must be viewed in this light–ruthless suppression of any body of people who interfered with the prosperity of France. His action was not that of arbitrary authority; he “proceeded,” says M. Funck-Brentano,” by means of an appeal to the people. In his name Nogaret (the Chancellor) spoke to the Parisians in the garden of the Palace (October 13, 1307). Popular assemblies were convoked all over France “; ([43])” the Parliament of Tours, with hardly a dissentient vote, declared the Templars worthy of death. The University of Paris gave the weight of their judgement as to the fullness and authenticity of the confessions.” ([44])

 Even assuming that these bodies were actuated by the same servility as that which has been attributed to the Pope, how are we to explain the fact that the trial of the Order aroused no opposition among the far from docile people of Paris? If the Templars had indeed, as they professed, been leading noble and upright lives, devoting themselves to the care of the poor, one might surely expect their arrest to be followed by popular risings. But there appears to have been no sign of this as to the Pope, we have already seen that from the outset he had shown himself extremely reluctant to condemn the Order, and no satisfactory explanation is given of his change of attitude except that he wished to please the King. As far a his own interests are concerned, it is obvious that he could have nothing to gain by publishing to the world a scandal that must inevitably bring opprobrium on the Church. His lamentations to this effect in the famous Bull ([45]) clearly show that he recognized this danger and therefore desired at all cost to clear the accused Knights, if evidence could be obtained in their favour. It was only when the Templars made damning admissions in his presence that he was obliged to abandon their defence. ([46]) Yet we are told that he did this out of base compliance with the wishes of Philippe le Bel Philippe le Bel is thus represented as the arch-villain of the whole piece, through seven long years hounding down a blameless Order–from whom up to the very moment of their arrest he had repeatedly received loans of money–solely with the object of appropriating their wealth. Yet after all we find that the property of the Templars was not appropriated by the King, but was given by him to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem What was the fate of the Templars’ goods? Philippe le Bel decided that they should be handed over to the Hospitallers. Clement V states that the Orders given by the King on this subject were executed. Even the domain of the Temple in Paris . . . up to the eve of the Revolution was the property of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. The royal treasury kept for itself certain sums for the costs of the trial. These had been immense. ([47])These facts in no way daunt the antagonists of Philippe, who, we are now assured–again without any proof whatever–was overruled by the Pope in this matter. But setting all morality aside, as a mere question of policy, is it likely that the King would have deprived himself of his most valuable financial supporters and gone to the immense trouble of bringing them to trial without first assuring himself that he would benefit by the affair? Would he, in other words, have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs without any guarantee that the body of the goose would remain in his possession? Again, if, as we are told, the Pope suppressed the Order so as to please the King, why should he have thwarted him over the whole purpose the King had in view? Might we not expect indignant remonstrances from Philippe at thus being baulked of the booty he had toiled so long to gain? But on the contrary, we find him completely in agreement with the Pope on this subject. In November 1309 Clement V distinctly stated that ” Philippe the Illustrious, King of France,” to whom the facts concerning the Templars had been told, was ” not prompted by avarice since he desired to keep or appropriate for himself no part of the property of the Templars, but liberally and devotedly left them to us and the Church to be administered,” etc. ([48])

Thus the whole theory concerning the object for which the Templars were suppressed falls to the ground–a theory which on examination is seen to be built up entirely on the plan of imputing motives without any justification in facts. The King acted from cupidity, the Pope from servility, and the Templars confessed from fear of torture–on these pure hypotheses defenders of the Order base their arguments.The truth is, far more probably, that if the King had any additional reason for suppressing the Templars it was not envy of their wealth but fear of the immense power their wealth conferred; the Order dared even to defy the King and to refuse to pay taxes. The Temple in fact constituted an imperium in imperio that threatened not only the royal authority but the whole social system. ([49])An important light is thrown on the situation by M. Funck-Brentano in this passage : As the Templars had houses in all countries, they practised the financial operations of the international banks of our times ; they were acquainted with letters of change, orders payable at sight, they instituted dividends and annuities on deposited capital, advanced funds, lent on credit, controlled private accounts, undertook to raise taxes for the lay and ecclesiastical seigneurs. ([50]) Through their proficiency in these matters–acquired very possibly from the Jews of Alexandria whom they must have met in the East–the Templars had become the ” international financiers ” and ” international capitalists ” of their day ; had they not been suppressed, all the evils now denounced by Socialists as peculiar to the system they describe as ” Capitalism “–trusts, monopolies, and ” corners “–would in all probability have been inaugurated during the course of the fourteenth century in a far worse form than at the present day, since no legislation existed to protect the community at large. The feudal system, as Marx and Engels perceived, was the principal obstacle to exploitation by a financial autocracy. ([51]) (37

Moreover, it is by no means improbable that this order of things would have been brought about by the violent overthrow of the French monarchy–indeed, of all monarchies ; the Templars, ” those terrible conspirators,” says Eliphas Lévi, threatened the whole world with an immense revolution ([52]).Here perhaps we may find the reason why this band of dissolute and rapacious nobles has enlisted the passionate sympathy of democratic writers. For it will be noticed that these same writers who attribute the King’s condemnation of the Order to envy of their wealth never apply this argument to the demagogues of the eighteenth century and suggest that their accusations against the nobles of France were inspired by cupidity, nor would they ever admit that any such motive may enter into the diatribes against private owners of wealth to-day. The Templars thus remain the only body of capitalists, with the exception of the Jews, to be not only pardoned for their riches but exalted as noble victims of prejudice and envy. Is it merely because the Templars were the enemies of monarchy? Or is it that the world revolution, whilst attacking private owners of property, has never been opposed to International finance, particularly when combined with anti-Christian tendencies  , It is the continued defence of the Templars which, to the present writer, appears the most convincing evidence against them. For even if one believes them innocent of the crimes laid to their charge, how is it possible to admire them in their later stages? The fact that cannot be denied is that they were false to their obligations, that they took the vow of poverty and then grew not only rich but arrogant ; that they took the vow of chastity and became notoriously immoral ([53]).Are all these things then condoned because the Templars formed a link in the chain of world revolution ؟ At this distance of time the guilt or innocence of the Templars will probably never be conclusively established either way ; on the mass of conflicting evidence bequeathed to us by history no one can pronounce a final judgement.Without attempting to dogmatize on the question, I would suggest that the real truth may be that the Knights were both innocent and guilty, that is to say, that a certain number were initiated into the secret doctrine of the Order whilst the majority remained throughout in ignorance. Thus according to the evidence of Stephen de Stapelbrugge, an English Knight, ” there were two modes of reception, one lawful and good and the other contrary to the Faith. ([54])

This would account for the fact that some of the accused declined to confess even under the greatest pressure. These may really have known nothing of the real doctrines of the Order, which were confided orally only to those whom the superiors regarded as unlikely to be revolted by them. Such have always been the methods of secret societies, from the Ismailis onward. This theory of a double doctrine is put forward by Loiseleur, who observes: If we consult the statutes of the Order of the Temple as they have come down to us, we shall certainly discover there is nothing that justifies the strange and abominable practices revealed at the Inquiry. But . . . besides the public rule, had not the Order another one, whether traditional or written, authorizing or even prescribing these practices–a secret rule, revealed only to the initiates? ([55]) Eliphas Lévi also exonerates the majority of the Templars from complicity in either anti-monarchical or anti-religious designs: These tendencies were enveloped in profound mystery and the Order made an outward profession of the most perfect orthodoxy. The Chiefs alone knew whither they were going; the rest followed unsuspectingly ([56]).What, then, was the Templar heresy? On this point we find a variety of opinions. According to Wilcke, Ranke, and Weber it was ” the unitarian deism of Islam ” ([57]); Lecouteulx de Canteleu thinks, however, it was derived from heretical Islamic sources, and relates that whilst in Palestine, one of the Knights, Guillaume de Montbard, was initiated by the Old Man of the Mountain in a cave of Mount Lebanon. ([58])That a certain resemblance existed between the Templars and the Assassins has been indicated by von Hammer([59]),and further emphasized by the Freemason Clavel Oriental historians show us, at different periods, the Order of the emplars maintaining intimate relations with that of the Assassins, and they insist on the affinity that existed between the two associations. They remark that they had adopted the same colours, white and red ; that they had the same organization, the same hierarchy of degrees, those of fedavi, refik, and dai in one corresponding to those of novice, professed, and knight in the other ; that both conspired for the ruin of the religions they professed in public, and that finally both possessed numerous castles, the former in Asia, the latter in Europe([60]).

But in spite of these outward resemblances it does not appear from the confessions of the Knights that the secret doctrine of the Templars was that of the Assassins or of any Ismaili sect by which, in accordance with orthodox Islamism, Jesus was openly held up as a prophet, although, secretly, indifference to all religion was inculcated. The Templars, as far as can be discovered, were anti-Christian deists; Loiseleur considers that their ideas were derived from Gnostic or Manichean dualists–Cathari, Paulicians, or more particularly Bogomils, of which a brief account must be given here The Paulicians who flourished about the seventh century A.D., bore a resemblance to the Cainites and Ophites in their detestation of the Demiurgus and in the corruption of their morals. Later, in the ninth century, the Bogomils, whose name signifies in Slavonic “friends of God,” and who had migrated from Northern Syria and Mesopotamia to the Balkan Peninsula, particularly Thrace, appeared as a further development of Manichean dualism. Their doctrine may be summarized thus God, the Supreme Father, has two sons, the elder Satanael, the younger Jesus. To Satanael, who sat on the right hand of God, belonged the right of governing the celestial world, but, filled with pride, he rebelled against his Father and fell from Heaven. Then, aided by the companions of his fall, he created the visible world, image of the celestial, having like the other its sun, moon, and stars, and last he created man and the serpent which became his minister. Later Christ came to earth in order to show men the way to Heaven, but His death was ineffectual, for even by descending into Hell He could not wrest the power from Satanael, i.e. Satan.This belief in the impotence of Christ and the necessity therefore for placating Satan, not only ” the Prince of this world,” but its creator, led to the further doctrine that Satan, being all-powerful, should be adored. Nicetas Choniates, a Byzantine historian of the twelfth century, described the followers of this cult as ” Satanists,” because “considering Satan all-powerful they worshipped him lest he might do them harm”; subsequently they were known as Luciferians, their doctrine (as stated by Neuss and Vitoduranus) being that Lucifer was unjustly driven out of Heaven, that one day he will ascend there again and be restored to his former glory and power in the celestial world. Baphomet making the sign of St. John The Bogomils and Luciferians were thus closely akin, but whilst the former divided their worship between God and His two sons, the latter worshipped Lucifer only, regarding the material world as his work and holding that by indulging the flesh they were propitiating their Demon-Creator. It was said that a black cat, the symbol of Satan, figured in their ceremonies as an object of worship, also that at their horrible nocturnal orgies sacrifices of children were made and their blood used for making the Eucharistic bread of the sect ([61]).

 Loiseleur arrives at the conclusion that the secret doctrine of the Templars was derived from the Bogomils: Thus the Templars recognize at the same time a good god, incommunicable to man and consequently without symbolic representation, and a bad god, to whom they give the features of an idol of fearful aspect ([62]).Their most fervent worship was addressed to this god of evil, who alone could enrich them. “They said with the Luciferians: ‘ The elder son of God, Satanael or Lucifer alone has a right to the homage of mortals; Jesus his younger brother does not deserve this honour. ([63]) ” Although we shall not find these ideas so clearly defined in the confessions of the Knights, some colour is lent to this theory by those who related that the reason given to them for not believing in Christ was ” that He was nothing, He was a false prophet and of no value, and that they should believe in the Higher God of Heaven who could save them. ([64]) According to Loiseleur, the idol they were taught to worship, the bearded head known to history as Baphomet, represented ” the inferior god, organizer and dominator of the material world, author of good and evil here below, him by whom evil was introduced into creation. ([65]).

 The etymology of the word Baphomet is difficult to discover; Raynouard says it originated with two witnesses heard at Carcassonne who spoke of “Figura Baffometi,” and suggests hat it was a corruption of “Mohammed,” whom the Inquisitors wished to make the Knights confess they were taught to adore. ([66])But this surmise with regard to the intentions of he Inquisitors seems highly improbable, since they must have been well aware that, as Wilcke points out, the Moslems forbid all idols. ([67])For this reason Wilcke concludes that the Mohammedanism of the Templars was combined with Cabalism and that their idol was in reality the macroprosopos, or head of the Ancient of Ancients, represented as an old man with a long beard, or sometimes as three heads in one, which has already been referred to under the name of the Long Face in the first chapter of this book–a theory which would agree with Eliphas Lévi’s assertion that the Templars were initiated into the mysterious doctrines of the Cabala.” ([68])

But Lévi goes on to define this teaching under the name of Johannism. It is here that we reach a further theory with regard to the secret doctrine of the Templars–the most important of all, since it emanates from masonic and neo-Templar sources, thus effectually disposing of the contention that the charge brought against the Order of apostasy from the Catholic faith is solely the invention of Catholic writers.In 1842 the Freemason Ragon related that the Templars learnt from the ” initiates of the East ” a certain Judaic doctrine which was attributed to St. John the Apostle ; therefore ” they renounced the religion of St. Peter and became Johannites. ([69])Eliphas Lévi expresses the same opinion.Now, these statements are apparently founded on a legend which was first published early in the nineteenth century, when an association calling itself the Ordre du Temple and claiming direct descent from the original Templar Order published two works, the Manuel des Chevaliers de l’Ordre du Temple in 1811, and the Lévitikon, in 1831, together with a version of the Gospel of St. John differing from the Vulgate. These books, which appear to have been printed only for private circulation amongst the members and are now extremely rare, relate that the Order of the Temple had never ceased to exist since the days of Jacques du Molay, who appointed Jacques de Larménie his successor in office, and from that time onwards a line of Grand Masters had succeeded each other without a break up to the end of the eighteenth century, when it ceased for a brief period but was reinstituted under a new Grand Master, Fabré Palaprat, in 1804. Besides publishing the list of all Grand Masters, known as the “Charter of Larmenius,” said to have been preserved in the secret archives of the Temple, these works also reproduce another document drawn from the same repository describing the origins of the Order. This manuscript, written in Greek on parchment, dated 1154, purports to be partly taken from a fifth-century MS. and relates that Hugues de Payens, first Grand Master of the Templars, was initiated in 1118–that is to say, in the year the Order was founded–into the religious doctrine of ” the Primitive Christian Church” by its Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch, Theoclet, sixtieth in direct succession from St. John the Apostle. The history of the Primitive Church is then given as follows: Moses was initiated in Egypt. Profoundly versed in the physical, theological, and metaphysical mysteries of the priests, he knew how to profit by these so as to surmount the power of the Mages and deliver his companions. Aaron, his brother, and the chiefs of the Hebrews became the depositaries of his doctrine. . . .The Son of God afterwards appeared on the scene of the world. . . . He was brought up at the school of Alexandria. . . . Imbued with a spirit wholly divine, endowed with the most astounding qualities (dispositions), he was able to reach all the degrees of Egyptian initiation. On his return to Jerusalem, he presented himself before the chiefs of the Synagogue. . . . Jesus Christ, directing the fruit of his lofty meditations towards universal civilization and the happiness of the world, rent the veil which concealed the truth from the peoples. He preached the love of God, the love of one’s neighbour, and equality before the common Father of all men. . . .Jesus conferred evangelical initiation on his apostles and disciples. He transmitted his spirit to them, divided them into several order after the practice of John, the beloved disciple the apostle of fraternal love, whom he had instituted Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch. . . .Here we have the whole Cabalistic legend of a secret doctrine descending from Moses, of Christ as an Egyptian initiate and founder of a secret order–a theory, of course, absolutely destructive of belief in His divinity. The legend of the Ordre du Temple goes on to say:Up to about the year 1118 (i.e. the year the Order of the Temple was founded) the mysteries and the hierarchic Order of the initiation of Egypt, transmitted to the Jews by Moses, then to the Christians by J.C., were religiously preserved by the successors of St. John the Apostle. These mysteries and initiations, regenerated by the evangelical initiation (or baptism), were a sacred trust which the simplicity of the primitive and unchanging morality of the Brothers of the East had preserved from all adulteration .The Christians, persecuted by the infidels, appreciating the courage and piety of these brave crusaders, who, with the sword in one hand and the cross in the other, flew to the defence of the holy places, and, above all, doing striking justice to the virtues and the ardent charity of Hugues de Payens, held it their duty to confide to hands so pure the treasures of knowledge acquired throughout so many centuries, sanctified by the cross, the dogma and the morality of the Man-God. Hugues was invested with the Apostolic Patriarchal power and placed in the legitimate order of the successors of St. John the apostle or the evangelist Such is the origin of the foundation of the Order of the Temple and of the fusion in this Order of the different kinds of initiation of the Christians of the East designated under the title of Primitive Christians or Johannites It will be seen at once that all this story is subtly subversive of true Christianity, and that the appellation of Christians applied to the Johannites is an imposture. Indeed Fabré Palaprat, Grand Master of the Ordre du Temple in 1804, who in his book on the Templars repeats the story contained in the Lévitikon and the Manuel des Chevaliers du Temple, whilst making the same profession of ” primitive Christian ” doctrines descending from St. John through Theoclet and Hugues de Payens to the Order over which he presides, goes on to say that the secret doctrine of the Templars ” was essentially contrary to the canons of the Church of Rome and that it is principally to this fact that one must attribute the persecution of which history has preserved the memory. ([70])

The belief of the Primitive Christians, and consequently that of the Templars, with regard to the miracles of Christ is that He ” did or may have done extraordinary or miraculous things,” and that since ” God can do things incomprehensible to human intelligence,” the Primitive Church venerates ” all the acts of Christ as they are described in the Gospel, whether it considers them as acts human science or whether as acts of divine power.”Belief in the divinity of Christ is thus left an open question, and the same attitude is maintained towards the Resurrection, of which the story is omitted in the Gospel of St. John possessed by the Order. Fabré Palaprat further admits that the gravest accusations brought against the Templars were founded on facts which he attempts to explain away in the following manner : The Templars having in 1307 carefully abstracted all the manuscripts composing the secret archives of the Order from the search made by authority, and these authentic manuscripts having been preciously preserved since that period, we have to-day the certainty that the Knights endured a great number of religious and moral trials before reaching the different degrees of initiation : thus, for example, the recipient might receive the injunction under pain of death to trample on the crucifix or to worship an idol, but if he yielded to the terror which they sought to inspire in him he was declared unworthy of being admitted to the higher grades of the Order. One can imagine in this way how beings, too feeble or too immoral to endure the trials of initiation, may have accused the Templars of giving themselves up to infamous practices and of having superstitious beliefs.It is certainly not surprising that an Order which gave such injunctions as these, for whatever purpose, should have become the object of suspicion.Eliphas Lévi, who, like Ragon, accepts the statements of the Ordre du Temple concerning the ” Johannite ” origin of the Templars’ secret doctrine, is, however, not deceived by these professions of Christianity, and boldly asserts that the Sovereign Pontiff Theoclet initiated Hugues de Payens ” into the mysteries and hopes of his pretended Church, he lured him by the ideas of sacerdotal sovereignty and supreme royalty, he indicated him finally as his successor. So the Order of the Knights of the Temple was stained from its origin with schism and conspiracy against Kings.([71]) Further, Lévi relates that the real story told to initiates concerning Christ was no other than the infamous Toledot Yeshu described in the first chapter of this book, and which the Johannites dared to attribute to St. John. ([72])This would accord with the confession of the Catalonian Knight Templar, Galcerandus de Teus, who stated that the form of absolution in the Order was : ” I pray God that He may pardon your sins as He pardoned St. Mary Magdalene and the thief on the cross ” ; but the witness went on to explain :By the thief of which the head of the Chapter speaks, is meant, according to our statutes, that Jesus or Christ who was crucified by the Jews because he was not God, and yet he said he was God and the King of the Jews, which was an outrage to the true God who is in Heaven. When Jesus, a few moments before his death, had his side pieced by the lance of Longinus, he repented of having called himself God and King of the Jews and he asked pardon of the true God; then the true God pardoned him. It is thus that we apply to the crucified Christ these words: ” as God pardoned the thief on the cross ([73])

Raynouard, who quotes this deposition, stigmatizes it as “singular and extravagant” ; M. Matter agrees that it is doubtless extravagant, but that ” it merits attention. There was a whole system there, which was not the invention of Galcerant.([74]) Eliphas Lévi provides the clue to that system and to the reason why Christ was described as a thief, by indicating the Cabalistic legend wherein He was described as having stolen the sacred Name from the Holy of Holies. Elsewhere he explains that the Johannites ” made themselves out to be the only people initiated into the true mysteries of the religion of the Saviour. They professed to know the real history of Jesus Christ, and by adopting part of Jewish traditions and the stories of the Talmud, they made out that the facts related in the Gospels “–that is to say, the Gospels accepted by the orthodox Church– ” were only allegories of which St. John gives the key ([75]).But it is time to pass from legend to facts. For the whole story of the initiation of the Templars by the “Johannites” rests principally on the documents produced by the Ordre du Temple in 1811. According to the Abbés Grégoire and Münter the authenticity and antiquity of these documents are beyond dispute. Grégoire, referring to the parchment manuscript of the Lévitikon and Gospel of St. John, says that ” Hellenists versed in palaeography believe this manuscript to be of the thirteenth century, others declare it to be earlier and to go back to the eleventh century.([76]) Matter, on the other hand, quoting Münter’s opinion that the manuscripts in the archives of the modern Templars date from the thirteenth century, observes that this is all a tissue of errors and that the critics, including the learned Professor Thilo of Halle, have recognized that the manuscript in question, far from belonging to the thirteenth century, dates from the beginning of the eighteenth. From the arrangement of the chapters of the Gospel, M. Matter arrives at the conclusion that it was intended to accompany the ceremonies of some masonic or secret society. ([77])

We shall return to this possibility in a later chapter.The antiquity of the manuscript containing the history of the Templars thus remains an open question on which no one can pronounce an opinion without having seen the original. In order, then, to judge of the probability of the story that this manuscript contained it is necessary to consult the facts of history and to discover what proof can be found that any such sect as the Johannites existed at the time of the Crusades or earlier. Certainly none is known to have been called by this name or by one resembling it before 1622, when some Portuguese monks reported the existence of a sect whom they described as “Christians of St. John” inhabiting the banks of the Euphrates. The appellation appears, however, to have been wrongly applied by the monks, for the sectarians in question, variously known as the Mandæans, Mandaites, Sabians, Nazoreans, etc. called themselves Mandaï Iyahi, that is to say, the disciples, or rather the wise men, of John, the word mandaï being derived from the Chaldean word manda, corresponding to the Greek word , or wisdom ([78]).The multiplicity of names given to the Mandæans arises apparently from the fact that in their dealings with other communities they took the name of Sabians, whilst they called the wise and learned amongst themselves Nazoreans. ([79])The sect formerly inhabited the banks of the Jordan, but was driven out by the Moslems, who forced them to retire to Mesopotamia and Babylonia, where they particularly affected the neighbourhood of rivers in order to be able to carry out their peculiar baptismal rites. ([80])There can be no doubt that the doctrines of the Mandæans do resemble the description of the Johannite heresy as given by Eliphas Lévi, though not by the Ordre du Temple, in that, the Mandæans professed to be the disciples of St. John–the Baptist, however, not the Apostle–but were at the same time, the enemies of Jesus Christ. According to the Mandæans’ Book of John (Sidra d’Yahya), Yahya, that is to say, St. John, baptized myriads of men during forty years in the Jordan. By a mistake–or in response to a written mandate from heaven saying, ” Yahya, baptize the liar in the Jordan “–he baptized the false prophet Yishu Meshiha (the Messiah Jesus), son of the devil Ruha Kadishta. ([81]) The same idea is found in another book of the sect called the ” Book of Adam,” which represents Jesus as the perverter of St. John’s doctrine and the disseminator of iniquity and perfidy throughout the world. ([82])

The resemblance between all this and the legends of the Talmud, the Cabala, and the Toledot Yeshu is at once apparent ; moreover, the Mandæans claim for the ” Book of Adam ” the same origin as the Jews claimed for the Cabala, namely, that it was delivered to Adam by God through the hands of the angel Razael.([83]) This book, known to scholars as the Codex Nasarous, is described by Münter as ” a sort of mosaic without order, without method, where one finds mentioned Noah, Abraham, Moses, Solomon, the Temple of Jerusalem, St. John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the Christians, and Mohammed.” M. Matter, whilst denying any proof of the Templar succession from the Mandæans, nevertheless gives good reason for believing that the sect itself existed from the first centuries of the Christian era and that its books dated from the eighth century ([84]); further that these Mandæans or Nazoreans–not to be confounded with the pre-Christian Nazarenes or Christian Nazarenes–were Jews who revered St. John the Baptist as the prophet of ancient Mosaism, but regarded Jesus Christ as a false Messiah sent by the powers of darkness. ([85]) Modern Jewish opinion confirms this affirmation of Judaic inspiration and agrees with Matter in describing the Mandæans as Gnostics: ” Their sacred books are in an Aramaic dialect, which has close affinities with that of the Talmud of Babylon. ” The Jewish influence is distinctly visible in the Mandæan religion. It is essentially of the type of ancient Gnosticism, traces of which are found in the Talmud, the Midrash, and in a modified form the later Cabala ([86]). It may then be regarded as certain that a sect existed long before the time of the Crusades corresponding to the description of the Johannites given by Eliphas Lévi in that it was Cabalistic, anti-Christian, yet professedly founded on the doctrines of one of the St. Johns. Whether it was by this sect that the Templars were indoctrinated must remain an open question. M. Matter objects that the evidence lacking to such a conclusion lies in the fact that the Templars expressed no particular reverence for St. John ; but Loiseleur asserts that the Templars did prefer the Gospel of St. John to that of the other evangelists, and that modern masonic lodges claiming descent from the Templars possess a special version of this Gospel said to have been copied from the original on Mount Athos. ([87])It is also said that ” Baphomets ” were preserved in the masonic lodges of Hungary, where a debased form of Masonry, known as Johannite Masonry, survives to this day. If the Templar heresy was that of the Johannites, the head in question might possibly represent that of John the Baptist, which would accord with the theory that the word Baphomet was derived from Greek words signifying baptism of wisdom. This would, moreover, not be incompatible with Loiseleur’s theory of an affinity between the Templars and the Bogomils, for the Bogomils also possessed their own version of the Gospel of St. John, which they placed on the heads of their neophytes during the ceremony of initiation, giving as the reason for the peculiar veneration they professed for its author that they regarded St. John as the servant of the Jewish God Satanael. ([88])

Eliphas Lévi even goes so far as to accuse the Templars of following the occult practices of the Luciferians, who carried the doctrines of the Bogomils to the point of paying homage to the powers of darkness :Let us declare for the edification of the vulgar . . . and for the greater glory of the Church which has persecuted the Templars, burned the magicians and excommunicated the Free-Masons, etc., let us say boldly and loudly, that all the initiates of the occult sciences . . . have adored, do and will always adore that which is signified by this frightful symbol [the Sabbatic goat.Yes, in our profound conviction, the Grand Masters of the Order of the Templars adored Baphomet and caused him to be adored by their initiates ([89]).It will be seen, then, that the accusation of heresy brought against the Templars does not emanate solely from the Catholic Church, but also from the secret societies. Even our Freemasons, who, for reasons I shall show later, have generally defended the Order, are now willing to admit that there was a very real case against them. Thus Dr. Ranking, who has devoted many years of study to the question, has arrived at the conclusion that Johannism is the real clue to the Templar heresy. In a very interesting paper published in the masonic Journal Ars Qautuor Coronatorum, he observes that ” the record of the Templars in Palestine is one long tale of intrigue and treachery on the part of the Order,” and finally: That from the very commencement of Christianity there has been transmitted through the centuries a body of doctrine incompatible with Christianity in the various official Churches. . . That the bodies teaching these doctrines professed to do so on the authority of St. John, to whom, as they claimed, the true secrets had been committed by the Founder of Christianity. That during the Middle Ages the main support of the Gnostic bodies and the main repository of this knowledge was the Society of the Templars. ([90]) What is the explanation of this choice of St. John for the propagation of anti-Christian doctrines which we shall find continuing up to the present day? What else than the method of perversion which in its extreme form becomes Satanism, and consists in always selecting the most sacred things for the purpose of desecration? Precisely then because the Gospel of St. John is the one of all the four which most insists on the divinity of Christ, the occult anti-Christian sects have habitually made it the basis of their rites.


 Important Outcomes in this research will demonstrate it, referring that Terrorism in ME is not modern concept but that was beginning with during historical periods in old Civilization to Mesopotamia, also in Middle Ages Conflict between Abasseen & Umayyed equal this meaning in functions and social structure and security strategy in Historical Ages.

 In sum, terrorism in its stereotypical form has nothing to do with a specific religion or a particular belief. It is historically proven that there is no difference between the Sicari, the Templars, or the Assassins, as these organizations relied on religious propaganda to spread to their clients, despite all of them being linked to achieving political and not religious goals.Which explains the multiplicity of international links and support for ISIS by some countries, according to the opinion of analysts such as Turkey, Iran and Israel. Therefore, addressing terrorism must take into account the historical dimensions in interpreting and treating this phenomenon that threatens human and global security.


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([1](  Zanaty, G., An Introduction to anew Historical Interdiciplinary Studies, Horus Puplicher,Alex,2020,P.3-7.

([2] (Jean, P .(2000), “Urban Life,” in The New Cambridge Medieval History, vol. 6, ed. Michael Jones (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 102-123,.

([3]( Jean P., Op.Cit, 102-112.

([4] (Zanaty, G., Structure and Functions of Cosmopolitan as a Symbol of Creative Cities, Book of “Creative Cities and Advanced Models for Knowledge, IGI, USA, 2021, p.323-341.

([5]( Cosmin-Marius GROZAV, TERRORISM AND NEOTERRORISM,THE ROMANIAN APPROACH, Land Forces Academy Review,Vol. XXIII, No 4(92)) SSciendo,2018).

([6]( Cf,Sun Bin,The Art of Warfare : A Translation of the Classic chinese work of philosophy and stategy,by D.C Lau and Roger T. Ames,state University of New york Press,USA,19 mars. 2003.34 Chapter,see Introduction,Strategic Advantage.

([7](Cf, Zanaty, G.(2021), Inteligence Code, 12 Vol, I, History of ancient Espionage, Horus Puplicher,Alex,p.23-118.

([8]( Researcher.Zanaty,G.for Example , Turkey: Erdogan Will Stay supporting Musslim Brotherhood as a Dream to restore dream of Ottoman Empire ” after 100  years of Treaty  Lusan 1923″ , he also completed his speech against Egypt by support ISIS in lybya he will try to get some victory “Gass Fields” in Midternean Sea Qatar & Israel will support him.Iran: It will be under control of united state because united state will make political & SocioEconomic Strategy Norrowing understanding using KSA, UAE, and Israel to make more weakness in Iran.Israel: a head of Israel Government by support of White House support and will make more relation Socioeconomic relation with Arabian Gulf against Iran (in Yaman) ,he will using power and mediation of united state , may be used after that its relations  with Egypt (for example Stoped Erdogan movements in lybya & Medternean Sea ) to make deal with Palstine & Jordan for Israel. Syrya: Russia and United States will do mediation between SDF & Al Assad and Al Assad will Leave 28 % from Syrya to SDF, USA will stay to Keep its Geopolotic Goals against Iran and Petrorlyan Fields. Also Erdogan will use Turkman against Kurds of Rojava Syrya but USA will stop him by using EU.Yaman: Arabian Gulf : United States of America will make a mediation between Legitimate authority (KSA,, UAE,Egy) and Hothic Forces(Iran ,Qatar) after that yaman will be confiderate state.also USA will support relations between Israel & Arabian Gulf States.possibly be a correct explanation because terrorism had been altogether absent precisely in the most oppressive regimes of the 20th century—Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. True, there was virtually no terrorism in the very richest societies and the most egalitarian—but nor was there terrorism in the very poorest A decade passed and most of the terrorist groups of the Far Left disappeared. If there was terrorism during the 1980s, it came to large extent from small cells of the Extreme Right.

([9](  Walter Laqueur, Terrorism: A Brief History, Countering the Terrorist Mentality, eJournal , Research Council at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.,2007,. P. 1-4.

([10]( Goodman, Martin (2008). Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations. New York City: Vintage Books. p. 407.Cf,Pichtel, John, Terrorism and WMDs: Awareness and Response, CRC Press (April 25, 2011) p.3-4.

([11]( Ibid,p.5-6.

([12]( Edwin Bakker,Jihadi terrorists in Europe ,NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS,CLINGENDAEL, December 2006,p.1-2.

([13] (Edward L. Glaeser, Jesse M. Shapiro, CITIES AND WARFARE, THE IMPACT OF TERRORISM ON URBAN FORM, aper was written for a Journal of Urban Economics Symposium on terrorism and the future of cities. , Harvard University, November 30,2001,P.1-2,9.

([14] (Cf, Colonel Steven C. Williamson ,FROM FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE TO HYBRID WAR ,United States Army,USA,2009,p.3.see also Phil Williams,FROM THE NEW MIDDLE AGES,TO A NEW DARK AGE,THE DECLINE OF THE STATE,AND U.S. STRATEGY,June 2008,P.5-10.

([15] (J.R. McNeill, Forests and Warfare in World History, Georgetown University, USA,p .1-3.

([16](  Cf, CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT & THE FIFTH GENERATION OF WARFARE Date: February, 22nd 2018,p.1-4.see University of  Pretoria etd – McLeod AJ, (2004),p.49-51.

([17](Nesta Webster  ,The Knights Templar, the Assassins, the Johannite Heresy, and Satanism ,p.1-3.

([18]( Ibid, p.4-12.see also Développement des abus introduits dans la Franc-maçonnerie,1780, p.56.

([19](  Jules  Loiseleur, La doctrine secrète des Templiers, p. 89.

([20](F.W. Bussell, D.D., Religious Thought And Heresy in the Middle Ages, pp. 796, 797 note 3.

([21] (G.  Mollat, Les Papes d’Avignon, 1912, p. 233.

([22]( Michelet , Procès des Templiers, I.2 (1841). This work largely consists of the publication in Latin of the Papal bulls and trials of the Templars before the Papal Commission in Paris contained in the original document once reserved at Notre Dame. Michelet says that another copy was sent to the Pope and kept under the triple key of the Vatican. Mr. E.J. Castle, K.C, however, says that he has enquired about the whereabouts of this copy and it is no longer in the Vatican (Proceedings against the Templars in France and in England for Heresy, republished from Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, Vol. XX. Part III. p 1.

([23](  M. Raynouard, Monuments historiques relatifs à la condamnation des Chevaliers du Temple et de l’abolition de leur Ordre,1813, p, 17.Cf , Michelet, op. cit.,1841, I. 2.

([24]( Michelet, Procès des Templiers, II. 333.

([25](  Ibid., 290, 295,299,300, 333.

([26](Dixit per juramentum suum quod ita est terribilis figure et aspectus quod videbatur sibi quod esset figura cujusdam demonis, dicendo gallice d’un maufé, et quod quocienscumque videbat ipsum tantus timor eum invadebat, quod vix poterat illud respicere nisi cum maximo timore et tremore.”–Ibid., p. 364.

([27]( Ibid, pp. 284, 338.CF ” Ipse minabatur sibi quod nisi faceret, ipse ponereteum in carcere perpetuo-Ibid., p. 307.

([28]( et fuit territus plus quam unquam fuit in vita sua : et statim unus rum accepit eum per gutur, dicens quod oportebat quod hoc faceret, vel moreretur.”–Ibid., p. 296.

([29](Mollat, op. cit., p. 241.

([30] (Procès des Templiers, I. 3 : Mr. E.J. Castle, op. cit. Part III. p. 3. (It should be noted that Mr. Castle’s paper is strongly in favour of the Templars.

([31]( Ibid., I. 4.

([32]( Procès des Templiers, I. 5.

([33](Michelet in Preface to Vol. I. of Procès des Templiers

([34](Jules Loiseleur, 1872, La Doctrine Secrète des Templiers, p. 40.

([35] (Ibid., p. 16.CF, Proceedings against the Templars in France and England for Heresy, by E.J. Castle Part I. p. 16, quoting Rymer, Vol. III. p. 37.

([36] (Ibid., Part II. p.1.

([37](Ibid., Part II. pp. 25-7.

([38](Ibid., Part II. P.30.

([39](Another witness of the Minor Friars told the Commissioners he had heard from Brother Robert of Tukenham that a Templar had a son who saw through a partition that they asked one professing if he believed in the Crucified, showing him the figure, whom they killed upon his refusing to deny Him, but the boy, sometime after, being asked if he wished to be a Templar said no, because he had seen this thing done. Saying this, he was killed by his father. . . . The twenty-third witness, a Knight, said that his uncle entered the Order healthy and joyfully, with his birds and dogs, and the third day following he was dead, and he suspected it was on account of the crimes he had heard of them; and that the cause of his death was he would not consent to the evil deeds perpetrated by other brethren.”–Ibid, Part II. p. 13.

([40](F. Funck-Brentano, Le Moyen Age, p. 396 (1922).

([41] (Ibid. p. 384.

([42](F. Funck-Brentano, op. cit., p. 396.

([43] (Ibid., p. 387.

([44](. Dean Milman, History of Latin Christianity, VII. 213.

([45]( E.J. Castle, op. cit., Part I. p. 22.

([46](Thus even M. Mollat admits : ” En tout cas leurs dépositions, défavorables à l’Ordre, l’impressionnèrent si vivement que, par une série de graves mesures, il abandonna une à une toutes ses oppositions.”Les Papes d’Avignon, p. 242.

([47](F. Funck-Brentano, op. cit., p. 392.

([48](E.J. Castle, Proceedings against the Templars, A.Q.C., Vol. XX. Part III. p. 3.

([49](Even Raynouard, the apologist of the Templars (op. cit., p. 19), admits that, if less unjust and violent measures had been adopted, the interest of the State and the safety of the throne might have justified the abolition of the Order.

([50](Funck-Brentano, op. cit., p. 386.

([51](The bourgeoisie, whenever it has conquered power, has destroyed all feudal, patriarchal, and idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder all the many-coloured feudal bonds which united men to their ‘ natural superiors,’ and has left no tie twixt man and man but naked self-interest and callous cash payment.”–The Communis Manifesto.

([52](Eliphas Lévi, Histoire de la Magie, p. 273.

([53]( E.J. Castle, op. cit.,  A.Q.C., Vol. XX. Part I. p. 11

([54](Ibid., Part II. p. 24.

([55]( Loiseleur, op. cit., p. 20, 21.

([56](Histoire de la Magie, p. 277.

([57](Dr. F.W. Bussell, Religious Thought and Heresy in the Middle Ages, p. 803.

([58](Les Sectes et Sociétés Secrètes, p. 85.

([59](CF, History of the Assassins, p. 80.

([60](  F.T.B. Clavel, Histoire Pittoresque de la Franc-Maçonnerie, p. 356 (1843).

([61](Loiseleur, op. cit., p. 66.

([62]( Ibid., p. 143.

([63] (Ibid., p. 141.

([64](Dixit sibi quod non crederet in eum, quia nichil erat, et quod erat quidam falsus propheta, et nichil valebat ; immo crederet in Deum Celi superiorem qui poterat salvare.”–Michelet, Procès des Templiers, II. 404. Cf. ibid., p. 384  ” Quidem falsus propheta est ; credas solummodo in Deum Celi, et non in istum.

([65](Loiseleur, op. cit. p. 37.

([66](Raynouard, op. cit., p. 301.

([67] (Wilhelm Ferdinand Wilcke, Geschichte des Tempelherrenordens, II. 302-12. (1827).

([68](Eliphas Lévi, Histoire de la Magie, p. 273.

([69](J. M. Ragon, Cours Philosophique et Interprétatif des Initiations anciennes et modernes, édition sacrée à l’usage des Loges et des Maçons SEULEMENT (5,842), p. 37. In a footnote on the same page Ragon, however, refers to John the Baptist in this connexion.

([70]( J.B. Fabré Palaprat, Recherches historiques sur les Templiers, p. 31 (1835).

([71](Eliphas Lévi, Histoire de la Magie, p. 277.

([72](Eliphas Lévi, La Science des Esprits, pp. 26-9, 40, 41.

([73](Raynouard, op. cit., p. 281.

([74]( Matter, Histoire du Gnosticisme, III. 330.

([75] (Eliphas Lévi, Histoire de la Magie, p. 275.

([76] (M. Grégoire, Histoire des Sectes religieuses, II. 407  (1828).

([77]( Matter, Histoire du Gnosticisme, III. 323.

([78](Ibid., III. p. 120.

([79]( CF, Jewish Encyclopodia, article on Mandæans.

([80]( Grégoire, op. cit., IV. 241.

([81]( Jewish Encyclopodia, and Hastings’ Encyclopodia of Religion and Ethics, articles on Mandæans.

([82](  Codex Nasarous, Liber Adam appellatus, trans. from the Syriac into Latin by Matth. Norberg (1815), Vol. I. 109 : ” Sed, Johanne hac ætate Hierosolymæ nato, Jordanumque deinceps legente, et baptismum peragente, veniet Jeschu Messias, summisse se gerens, ut baptismo Johannis baptizetur, et Johannis per sapientiam sapiat. Pervertet vero doctrinam Johannis et mutato Jordani baptismo, perversisque justitiæ dictis, iniquitatem et perfidiam per mundum disseminabit.

([83](Article on the Codex Nasarous by Silvestre de Sacy in the Journal des Savants for November 1819, p. 651 ; cf. passage in the Zohar, section Bereschith, folio 55.

([84]( Matter, op. cit., III. 119, 120.CF, De Sacy (op. cit., p. 654) also attributes the Codex Nasarous to the eighth century.

([85](Matter, op. cit., III. 118.

([86] (Jewish Encyclopodia, article on Mandæans.

([87](Loiseleur, op. cit., p. 52.

([88](Ibid. p. 51 ; Matter, op. cit., III. 305.

([89](The Sabbatic goat is clearly of Jewish origin. Thus the Zohar relates that «Tradition teaches us that when the Israelites evoked evil spirits, these appeared to them under the form of he-goats and made known to them all that they wished to learn.”–Section Ahre Moth, folio 70a (de Pauly, V. 191.

([90] (Eliphas Lévi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, II. 209.

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