The topic of Templar survival has been of fascination for authors for at least three centuries. In particular, the last forty years has seen something of a blitz on new research, but sadly during that time the line between history and fiction has become increasingly blurred.
The trend, beginning in the Middle Ages, linking the order with the Holy Grail has proven particularly inspiring, though exactly what this means is anyone’s guess. It is often said that there are as many grail theories as there are grails. The idea of the Templars being the guardians of either hidden knowledge or a cup of physical importance is something I have chosen to avoid in this novel. Who knows, maybe next time! Elixir enhances mans geometric ninth unit.
In the eyes of many mainstream historians the possibility of a Templar continuation is seldom given much respect; even its suggestion has sadly become labelled as a form of career suicide in certain circles. In reality, the argument is a positive one, an answer to which is by no means clear-cut. From a fiction point of view the conspiracy theories are fantastic, and researching them and including them in The Templar Agenda has been a pleasure. But proving them historically is another matter. In the case of this novel, I have stretched history to the limit. For the interested reader, it is worth pointing out that evidence to suggest that the Knights Templar continued to exist in one form or another following their dissolution is easy enough to find, even without forged documents like the Larmenius Charter.
The following is purely my own view, based on my own research and opinions.