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Guardians of the Holy Grail: The Knights Templar, John the Baptist, and the Water of Life [Paperback]

Mark Amaru Pinkham
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Sept. 1 2004
Proof that the Holy Grail existed thousands of years before Christ, and is as old as the Garden of Eden. For a thousand years the Knights Templar have been the guardians of the Holy Grail. During their hundred years in the Middle East, the Templars received the Holy Grail from a lineage of Holy Grail Guardians that had existed for many thousands of years previously. This ancient Grail lineage, which included John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and John the Apostle, originated on Sri Lanka, the island paradise recognized within the Arab world as the true location of the fabled Garden of Eden. A unique history of the Knights Templar and the Grail, Guardians of the Holy Grail includes chapters on: * Rosslyn Chapel and the Sinclairs of Scotland * John the Baptist and the Mandeans from Sri Lanka * The Mystery of Baphomet, the Templar "demon" * The Gnostic & Sexual Tantric rites of the Knights Templar * Alchemy & the Mystery of the Black Madonna * The Secrets of the Freemasons and Johannites

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic Sept. 18 2013
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Mark really did an amazing job at amassing all the information concerning the Knights Templar, the Johannites & Gnostic Mystics throughout the ages. A must read for anyone seeking to become an initiate into the path of the Gnostic Templars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Must take with a whole bag - not a grain - of salt Oct. 12 2005
By Brandy - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a big fan of anything Knight related (though nowhere near an expert), and am willing to read even the most 'out-there' theories, but in this case, Mark takes a great leap into the history and myth, then falls off the planet - literally.

He rehashes a lot of already known history of the Knights, which is fine in case some readers are just starting out learning about the Knights, but then he goes pretty much X-files when he adds in extraterrestrials to the mix, then adds other cultural legends into the story of the Knights, which kind of confuses me. I'm all for looking at the Knights from the view of other monotheistic and polytheistic religions around from the time of the Knights, but some seem to be just grasping.

To add to his image as a head honcho Modern Knight, his WIFE is his 'co-knight' (I thought the Knights were supposed to be MONKS and CELIBATE), maintains the present Earl Sinclair is the Fisher King (which I thought was supposed to be attached to the Arthurian legends and not the Knights Templar, and the Fisher King was supposed to be suffering from an unhealable wound), and I think that halfway through the original editing of this book his proofreader/spellchecker either quit or died.

He DOES add some little-known data of the Knights, which is why I won't use the book for kindling, but I was sort of hoping he would have organized the book a little bit better. I learned a bit more about some John the Baptist lore, but ended up confused. I'll try to read through the book again in case I missed something, but I was hoping for a better read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Content is interesting, but there are a lot of problems with this book March 9 2007
By John Forman - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are the type that gets annoyed by bad editing, you probably won't be able to read this book. Flat out, this has got to be the most poorly edited book I have ever seen - if you can even say that it was edited at all. One sentence early on started with "12". Come on! Who does that? It's brutal in terms of typos, gramatical errors, and just poor definition.

Editing (or the lack thereof) aside, the content is fairly interesting. The book's structure leaves a bit to be desired, but by the time you get to the end you have a good idea of what the author is trying to convey. The interviews at the end are quite interesting.

Whether some of the content is believable is another story. The author says things like "it's been proven" or "it is fact that.." in regard to a few things which are still very much in debate and/or have been debunked entirely. That definitely introduces a credibility problem.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but B.S. April 15 2012
By Harold Lime - Published on Amazon.com
Read this if you enjoy preposterous historical conjecture (I often do), but be aware that (as other reviewers have stated) many claims are made that are debatable or just plain wrong (the usual baloney Templar links to the Sinclairs, for instance, and his casual claim that William Keith of Galston was a Templar).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, yet doesn't quite hit the mark Nov. 9 2004
By Steven J. Sledziona - Published on Amazon.com
Mr. Pinkham begins with a growing in popularity theme, yet doesn't quite hit the mark with the book until the last few chapters (which comprise less then 1/3 of the book). The time spent on older traditions, the Fisher Kings, Vulcan-Lucifer, and Venus, all be them interesting, are not tied into the Templar Mystery terribly well, but his attempt to set the stage for understanding of John the Baptist, and his role in those lines is made. A lot of information is presented in the book, yet I finsihed feeling the book was lacking, and not as interesting as I had hoped. As a supplement to deeper understanding of the Templars, I think this book can add valuable information, as an introduction, I think there are better ones available.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Conjecture upon conjecture Oct. 20 2004
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The author builds conjecture upon misinterpretation of someone else's research, and then builds more conjecture upon that. And if that's not bad enough, he can't even get the grammar right.
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