The Quest – Episode One
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The Quest – Episode One – The Journey Begins,
Much has been written about the history of the Knights Templar, the warrior monks that for two centuries, fought a ferocious ‘Holy War’ on Islam.
During this period, the Templars experienced unprecedented growth in wealth, power, influence and property across England, Europe and the Middle East. Protected by the Pope, honored by nearly every land owner in Europe, immune from taxes and accountability, they exerted control over banking (inventing the cheque and branch banking system), warehousing, commerce and even Papal appointments.
Their tales of carrying out the work of the church and as guardians of the ‘secret bloodline’ has captured imaginations for centuries. But exactly what they were protecting has remained a mystery. There have been numerous theories, may have tried to ‘break the codes’ but very little hard evidence and even less documentation has ever come to light. It would appear that the secrets of the Knights Templar went with them to their graves.
Forty years ago, Barry Walker, a young boy of 14 years of age, started work as an apprentice restorer of fine arts and antiquities. For the next ten years, working under his mentor, he restored pieces for the British Museum, the V&A and many of the prominent auction houses. During this time, Barry’s tutor taught him all he knew, including his theories on the Knights Templar.
Since that time, with privileged access to many books and documents from the museums, Barry has studied and endeavoured to unravel the Templar mystery. His wealth of knowledge on the subject has astounded many eminent Historians. Self-taught and from a humble upbringing on a council estate in Hertfordshire, with no college education, Barry Walker is no stranger to unraveling mysteries. He was solely responsible for tracking down ‘Napoleon’s Christening Cup’ a significantly important artifact which was believed until a few years ago, destroyed in the mid 19th century. It is now housed in the British Museum.
Episode One includes the formation of the Templars, Jerusalem & the Crusades, The Warren Tunnels, Chartres, the Bloodline of Christ, The Shroud of Turin, The Templecombe head, Denny Abbey, The Gough Map and the painting at Cottered. Barry Walker discusses his theories and how he came to study the Knights Templar
|Running Time||55 minutes|
|Screen Ratio||16 x 9|
|Subject||The Knights Templar|
|Year of Production||2010|
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Dr Nick Barratt is a prolific reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, has been a regular contributor to the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are, History Mysteries, The Great British Story, Tracing Your Roots; and other programmes including Not Forgotten, Faces of Britain, Hidden House Histories and Secrets From The Attic.
1960-2010) was a self-taught historian, with a somewhat less than conventional approach in trying to discover the facts behind the myths. Barry was a fascinating character, with a wealth of knowledge, that could only have been obtained by years of dedicated research.
Historian and expert in Medieval British Studies, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Helen is a notable lecturer on the Study of the Crusades; and has written many books on the subject of the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitallers. She has also been responsible for many important translations of medieval text.
A well known author on the subject, was one of Britain’s most highly respected dowsers, tracking down ancient ley lines and sacred sites throughout the world. The best known of his findings were the re-discovery of the Michael and Mary lines which traversed southern England and the Athena and Apollo lines from Ireland to Israel.
One of the world’s leading experts on the Knights Templar. This author, medieval historian and world religions scholar is widely recognised for her ground-breaking work. Karen is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the British Association of the Study of Religion and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
A Professor of History, Ronald is considered an expert in the field of the study of ancient and medieval paganism. His work on the exploration on the myths of the antiquity of ancient festivals, practises and the origins of secret societies is widely acclaimed.
Is considered the leading expert on the Royston Cave and Subterranean Britain. Given that Royston Cave and it’s famous carvings, thought to have been carved out by members of the Knights Templar, make up the starting point for the Quest, her knowledge has been invaluable.
Paul is a senior lecturer in Archeology at Cardiff University. A member of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Paul is a renowned expert and lectures on on Egyptology and archeological science.
Is the Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. Nick is an expert on the details of the 14th Century Gough Map, which is the earliest known road map of Great Britain.
This theory was based on the work of the 18th century antiquarian and archeologist, William Stukeley. Stukeley, an eminent Freemason, was best known for his pioneering investigative work on the ancient sites of Stonehenge and Avebury.
Stukeley also investigated Royston Cave when it was first discovered by accident in 1742; and subsequently his findings were published as ‘Palaeographia Britannica, Antiquities in Britain no.II, Origines Roystonianae’.