The Secret Scroll

The Secret Scroll

The Secret Scroll

The Secret Scroll

Synopsis

"The Secret Scroll is the story of how a little known manuscript in a Masonic Lodge in Orkney has become one of the most important historical documents of the Middle Ages. Brought there by the mysterious and condemned Order of the Knights Templars, its immense significance has only recently been brought to light. In this book, the result of a meticulous survey of historical documents and artefacts, Andrew Sinclair, himself a direct descendant of Henry St. Clair, Earl of Orkney and Grand Master of the Knights Templars, unlocks the secrets of the Kirkwall Scroll to reveal an extraordinary story which shatters many long-held opinions about the Templars, the Holy Grail and the discovery of America." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

For ten years, I have been making a voyage of research and discovery. Hundreds of books have been written on the Ark of the Covenant and the Garden of Eden, the Holy Grail and the Dead Sea Scrolls. All of them confuse fact with speculation. There are said to be sacred bloodlines from the union of Jesus Christ with Mary Magdalene and their children. There are, perhaps, cosmic patterns linking temples and churches and megaliths and peaks in the Near East and the South of France. a claim has been staked for the finding of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. the Grail has been sighted serially across the Levant and Europe and even in North America. the Dead Sea Scrolls and Essene mysteries deriving from earth-mother worship in Egypt have spawned claims that these reached the Knights Templars in Jerusalem and Europe and Scotland. the lost city of Atlantis has been located in Peru and off Land's End. How will this ever end?

I hope in this book. I am a trained historian. I deal in probability, backed by fact, rather than speculation. I intend to demonstrate how the ancient Gnostic heresy of the personal vision of God came with the Knights Templars and the Cathars and the medieval Grail romances into the early Masonic movements, which now have tens of millions of followers. the secret lies in the Kirkwall Scroll in Orkney, where the answer would be revealed. At last, the mysteries of the Ark and the Garden of Eden and the Grail were to be explained by . . .

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