Burning of Knights Templar
The idea that the Knights Templar and the Freemasons are connected is a story told since the rise of the Freemasons. The Freemasons and Templars had allegedly existed side by side in both France and Jerusalem. Theoretical evidence of this idea includes the Gothic architecture of the Templars Buildings. The Knights Templar, with their new found wealth, had learned from the Jewish Kabbalah that mysticism and dark powers influence the world. The Knights had been overcome by their desire for wealth and power which led them to abandon their Christian founding and pursue Black Magic. This process took many years and was discussed by documents from various Kings as well as The Pope. After King Philip had led the absolution of the Templars, the Knights had infiltrated other secret societies of the time, including the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians. From there, the Templars were able to continue their quest for World Domination.
Knights Templar and Freemasons
Cross of the Knights Templar
There are many flaws within this theory. The most obvious one is that there are no details. No names, dates, or places are related to these theories. Furthermore, the Freemasons earliest documentation, their Religious Poem, is dated to 1445 which is 133 years after the Templar Knights were dissolved. It’s important to keep in mind that between 1300 and 1400 AD, the Life Expectancy in England was 34 years. 133 years would be almost 4 generations. Furthermore, this knowledge would have to be maintained for 4 generations during the Black Plague which killed half of Europe’s Population.
Freemasons degree of Knights Templar
Cross of the Knights Templar within Freemasonry
The only link between the Knights Templar and the Freemasons is the highest degree within the York Rite or as an Independent order. The Knights Templar within Freemasons was founded in 1743 as a philanthropic organization. The order claims that they have no lineage to the original Knights Templar. The name was taken to honor the Christian order and their holy crusade.