Posted by: Nyxks | December 5, 2007

Christopher Columbus, The Last Templar

Christopher Columbus, The Last Templar
By Ruggero Marino © 2007
Destiny Books
ISBN 978-1-59477-190-3
368 pages
$19.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

In spite of the title of this book, which is a translation of a book written in Italian, there is very little data regarding Templar beliefs or connections between Columbus and the Templars. There are occasional, passing references to Templars in the first half of the book, but the word itself does not even appear in the index. This is predominantly, a study of the revelation (not the discovery) of the American continents. It is thick with references to the papacy, European explorers of unknown lands, religious conflicts, and the covering up of inconvenient facts.

Along the way the author makes contact with some figures well known to the average layperson and, other, more obscure personages who were, or may have been, instrumental in orchestrating what became known as the discovery of the New World.

Although the publisher categories this book as “History/Secret Societies” it would (in my opinion) be more properly classified as simply history. There is some speculation of underlying motives, but nothing substation relating to the Templars or any other organized secret society. So, if you are looking for conspiracy theories and secret plots, I’m afraid this book is going to be a bit of a disappointment. Likewise, if you are hoping for documentation of Columbus’ involvement with the outlawed Templars, this book is not going to give you much pleasure.

On the other hand, this is a well-written look at how history is written, edited, and transmitted through the centuries. It accomplishes this without being over-bearing or condescending. It is presented in a readable, enjoyable style and still provides enough do*****entation, albeit predominantly in Italian, to make it possible for those who are seriously interested to pursue investigations on their own.

This is NOT a “must have” book, but it is definitely one which is capable of opening one’s eyes and stimulating an interest in the past.


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