Crowd turns out to discuss the history of the Knights of Templar
Marlborough - Marlborough Public Library drew a large crowd of Holy Grail enthusiasts Aug. 27 for a lecture about the Knights of Templar, a secret religious organization that existed for two centuries during the Middle Ages. The Knights of Templar, a Christian military organization, became one of the groups featured in Dan Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code."
The book quickly rushed to the top of the bestsellers' list in 2004. The mystery detective novel stemmed interest in the Holy Grail, the role of Mary Magdalene in Christianity, and Knights of Templar as the protectors of the Holy Grail.
Hudson resident Andrew Linell, a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and a children's book author, also has a keen interest and academic understanding of the secret societies and ancient wisdom of the Middle Ages.
Linell led the discussion at the library, presenting the group with a Power Point presentation about the history of the Knights of Templar.
He described the group's humble beginning as the protector of religious pilgrims, and then the rise of the knights to positions of prominence in the medieval society. He also followed the downfall of the knights at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition in the Middle Ages.
Linell then explored with the audience the impact the knights had on the past and present society.
The popularity of the "Da Vinci Code" has led to a blockbuster film released in 2006 and the publication of several books discussing the role of the knights, Magdalene and the possibility of descendents of Jesus of Nazareth.
Brown's book also launched allegations against the Vatican about their knowledge of both the role of women in the ancient church and the authenticity of a bloodline descended from Jesus.
Library director Salvatore Genevose was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came to the event. As the new director, this was the first time Genevose was involved in an event organized for adults and he looks forward to more quality programs being off ered for both children and adults in the fall.
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