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The Templar Code For Dummies [Paperback]

Christopher Hodapp , Alice Von Kannon
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June 25 2007 For Dummies
A captivating look into the society of the Knights Templar

Brought to you by the author of Freemasons For Dummies, The Templar Code is more than an intriguing cipher or a mysterious symbol – it is the Code by which the Knights Templar lived and died, the Code that bound them together in secrecy, and the Code that inspired them to nearly superhuman feats of courage and endurance. The Templar Code for Dummies reveals the meaning behind the cryptic codes and secret rituals of the medieval brotherhood of warrior monks known as the Knights Templar. This intriguing guide will cover such topics as who the Knights Templar were, how they rose so high and fell so far, and most importantly why there is so much interest in them today. The Templar Code For Dummies will explore myths and theories of Christian history that appear in the Da Vinci Code such as the quest for the Holy Grail, the Catholic Church's relationship with women that are hotly debated now with special emphasis on the Templar connection. It also explores the surprising part the Templars have played in some of the most important historic events of these past seven centuries, including the French Revolution, the birth of groups such as the Freemasons, and even the American Civil War.

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Follow the quest for the Holy Grail and its link to the Templars

Explore the legends and lore of this powerful, influential society

Did The Da Vinci Code leave you hungry for more details about the Knights Templar? This plain-English guide explains who these mysterious figures were, how they rose so high, and why they fell so far. You'll explore Christian theories that involved the order and discover the role they played in important events, such as the French Revolution and the Civil War.

  • How Knights lived their lives
  • What led to the demise of the order

  • The Templars' relationship to other secret societies

  • What became of the fabled Templar treasure

  • Who the modern-day Templars are

About the Author

Christopher Hodapp is a Freemason who has traveled extensively reporting on the Masonic practices in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and elsewhere.

Alice Von Kannon is a historian and writer, who has worked for many years in the advertising and commercial production business.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, to the point, great overall view July 28 2010
I have quite an assortment of Knight Templar books, video et al. A friend suggested purchasing this to compliment my collection - so I did. It was worth the purchase.

For anyone who is interested in the fascinating beginning, middle and alleged end of the Knight Templar's, this is a fantastic start. It also gives those readers who are not interested in the minute details of crusades, a very good overview of the SMOTJ major events.
Book guides you through the formation of the original Knights and their development. Also gives insight into their major victories and losses during the crusades. Ultimately, the end of the Templar's in 1307 is explored as well.

What this book also delivers is thought provoking theories into continuing Knight Templar factions and persons in history who were interested in their past as well, Hitler, Napoleon.
Some intriguing symbolism is also revealed such as the Templar cars in the United States in the WWI years, brought a smile to my face. An ahead of its time vehicle, surpassing the Ford Model T. You will smile at why we do not see them around today. Hint, like the Knights in 1307, the Templar automobile hit a critical time in its life as well, ending in tragedy.

Easy to read and understand. Worth the purchase
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of info Oct. 28 2011
These "Dummies" books are good aides. The ones that I have read so far have obviously been authored by people who know the subject matter. They contain lots of information and are written in a manner that is easy and enjoyable to read. There's a ton of stuff being written and shown on TV about the Templars these days and this book ties together much of it. It's a good guide to help separate the sensationalism from reality. I've been interested in the Templars for years and have read a fair amount about them. I still found new stuff in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about the Knights Templar...and more. Oct. 15 2007
By Nathan C. Brindle - Published on
The team of Chris Hodapp, P.M. and Alice Von Kannon turn out his second and her first "For Dummies" book just in time to catch the coattails of -- or more accurately, to serve as a sort of "pre-viewing guide" to -- author Dan Brown's long-promised and long-anticipated Da Vinci Code sequel. And whether or not that sequel ever sees the light of day, this book will be a revelation for "Brownites", as it terms them, who may have been a bit too eager to accept Brown's self-serving rewrite of Templar and Masonic history.

The book's first five chapters are a straightforward historical account of how the Templars came to be, and what they were all about. From defining knighthood and monkhood, to the Templar Rule established by St. Bernard of Clairvaux for their government, to their mission of protecting pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land and their creation of the first international banking system and letters of credit, through their last years of defeat, denunciation and final destruction, everything you would ever want to know about the Templars is laid out in the freewheeling but accessible "Dummies" style to which Hodapp and Von Kannon are becoming very well accustomed.

In a well-researched and sourced sixth chapter, Hodapp and Von Kannon examine in "Cold Case Files"-like detail the evidence used by French king Phillip IV ("The Fair") to force the downfall of the Templars, and they find much chaff and little if any meat in the wild accusations made by Phillip -- and they also report the surprising and only recently-made-public story of Pope Clement's secret absolution of the Templars following their arrests. Sadly, absolution was as far as the Pope, his power weakened by Phillip's domination and under what was essentially house arrest at Avignon, could go.

Chapters 7 through 11 detail the post-fall Templar myths, legends, and even a bit of fact, discussing among other things the legends of the Holy Grail and the alleged bloodline of Christ through his marriage to Mary Magadalene, who later is said to have settled in France and become one of the progenitors of the Merovingian royal family. Also discussed is the Priory of Sion hoax on which a lot of this recent mythology is based.

Then Hodapp and Von Kannon throw things into a different gear. Chapters 12-14 are not so much conceived as Templar history as they are a disputation of Dan Brown's fictional history, in which Brown plays fast and loose with the history of the Catholic Church, the Templars and Opus Dei, the fraudulent Priory of Sion, and the "suppression" of the "Feminine Divine" by the Church. It will perhaps be not surprising to Templar-savvy Freemasons that the Brownite version of history does not fare well in these chapters.

The last three chapters of the book are, of course, the Dummies-standard "parts of tens."

Overall the book is never boring, always an informative and interesting read. The authors have turned out yet another fine addition to any Masonic library.

(This review was written by me for publication in the October 2007 issue of the Indiana Freemason Magazine. Full disclosure: I have been a personal friend of both authors for 30 years, and Chris and I were raised in the same Masonic Lodge.)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference to All Things "Knights Templar" Oct. 21 2007
By Michael Chesbro - Published on
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Christopher Hodapp, the author of "Freemasons for Dummies", has come up with another excellent reference in "The Templar Code for Dummies". Written in the standard "for Dummies" format, Christopher Hodapp, writing with Alice Von Kannon, offers seventeen chapters and multiple sections that discuss the history, rise, fall, and legends of the Knights Templar.

"The Templar Code for Dummies" is useful for Freemasons as it draws parallels and shows the divisions between the Masonic Order of the Knights Templar, and the historical Knights Templar. Throughout the book, there are also "Dan Brown Alerts" which alert the reader to Templar topics that have to do specifically with the works of author Dan Brown (primarily "The Da Vinci Code); and the "Templar Code for Dummies" serves to dispel many of the myths being fostered by "Internet Templars" (those who claim the title of knight and Templar based on a click of a mouse and their membership in an on-line forum).

No matter what your interest in the Knights Templar, "The Templar Code for Dummies" will almost certainly have something to peak your interest. If you are interested in Templar history, there is plenty of it in this book. Interested in the Templar quest for the Holy Grail? There is something about that here too. Did the Church suppress the `Divine Feminine', and is this what the secret found by the Templars? Chapter 13, discusses this Truth or Feminist Fiction. And... if you are a Freemason of the Scottish or York Rite, this book is essential reading.

Easy to read, informative, and entertaining. "The Templar Code for Dummies" is Highly Recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall view March 29 2008
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Hodapp has a great sense of humor, and along with his co-writer, gives a nifty little overall view of one of histories most controversial orders of knighthood. While I can't agree with all their OPINIONS (vis a vie Zerubbabel and the line of David), their history is spot on, and for a quick reference, this book can't be beat. Even if you have one of those big, massive books on the order, get this for quick look-ups and reading, you will be glad you did.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Templar Code for Dummies Sept. 5 2008
By Mary Allen - Published on
Well worth the money. I've read extensively about the Knights Templar but much of this material was new to me. Quick read and not the least boring. This guy does a great "Cliff Notes" for anyone interested in a thorough history of the Crusades and the Knights of this period.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Read for any Student of the Knights Templar Story Sept. 30 2008
By J.M. Smith - Published on
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This book is easily read. It laid out well and flows from one subject to the next easily. This is a necessary read for any student of the period and for anyone interested in the masonic story of the Templars. Generally historically accurate.
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