Kingdom of Heaven (not a movie review)

May 14, 2005 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

I saw “Kingdom of Heaven” and its portrayal of the Knights Templar as religious fanatics that make Inquisition Jesuits look like altar boys. A large shimmering cross in film accompanying the Christian armies appears strange at first, but Ridley Scott had read up on history:

Their secret power was supposedly that they held possession of a piece of the true cross of the crucifixion of Christ … they were said to have never lost a battle while in possession of the Cross.

They eventually lost the Cross in the battle of Hattin in 1187 to the Muslim Saladin. After marching on July 2nd, the Templars were surrounded and cut off from water supplies. On July 4th, they broke ranks in thirst and panic, abandoned the encampment and the Cross, and were wiped out by Muslim forces.

The above comes from a tinfoil-hat conspiracy site that links the Templars to the Freemasons, Founding Fathers, NASA, the 9/11/2001 attacks and, last but not least, Armageddon.

With that kind of intro, how can you not want to spend 15 minutes with some good entertainment? I found the astrological mumbo-jumbo boring, but the conspiracy theorist in me had some fun.

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