The flamboyant Gothic church became a third Temple of Solomon for the Knights Templar, under the patronage of the St Clairs of Rosslyn. In the eighteenth century the Templars supported the Jacobite cause, and after the final defeat at Culloden, moved their radical Scots Lodges to America and France, where they played a powerful part in the revolutions in both countries. This book offers an enthralling trail through the rich tapestry of events witnessed by Rosslyn over the centuries. Andrew Sinclair, himself descended from Prince Henry St Clair, who could have taken the Templar treasure from the original vaults beneath Rosslyn Chapel to the medieval Newport Tower, Rhode Island, explores - and sometimes explodes - the many myths and misinterpretations that have grown up around Rosslyn, as the fortunes of the Sinclair family declined and the Church and Castle fell into ruin.
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Andrew Sinclair is a leading novelist, historian and film-maker, and has lectured widely in Europe and America. His books include biographies of Jack London, John Ford, Che Guevara and Dylan Thomas. Andrew Sinclair appears in a special feature DVD to be released in May 2005 of Jerry Bruckheimer's Disney blockbuster, NATIONAL TREASURE. The film, released in the UK on Boxing day 2004, stars Nicholas Cage, who discovers the Templar treasure trove in America from a code and map written on the back of the Declaration of Independence.Review:
'Comprehensive and scholarly ... Andrew Sinclair has written a fascinating book' - The Literary Review 'Andrew Sinclair guides us through this romantic story that has preoccupied poets, priests and pilgrims from Zeus to Jung and Indiana Jones. This is an absorbing history that transcends the frontiers and creeds of cultures and religions' - The Independent
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