The Quest – Episode Two – Saints or Sinners,
Episode Two includes Royston Cave, The Centre of the Earth, the Knights Templar, Saints or Sinners. The Quest team investigate the cave at Royston, using ground penetrating radar.
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.
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’.