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    The Knights Templar on Chateau Fitou.

    Once upon a time there was some extremely competent soldiers in white sleeveless shirts with a mighty red christian cross on the front – they were called the Templars.

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    Well, the correct name was the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple, the Knights Templar, or simply as Templars.
    Poor ?? – not exactly – they actually became a very rich order with many properties around Europe.
    It is said they were as prominent in Christian finances as is the Vatican today – and that should tell you something
    Their purpose was to protect the Christians on pilgrimage to Jerusalem – to protect the poor.
    They themselves were under the protection of both the King and the Patriarch of Jerusalem, together with being recognized as a catholic military order by the Pape.
    They got money, land, businesses, and noble-born sons coming to them during the app. 200 years they existed as an order (primo a.d. 1100 – primo a.d. 1300).
    They got quarters in Jerusalem on the ruins of the Temple of Solomon, hence that part of their name.
    They were in many heavy battles e.g. against the muslim army – don’t forget that Jerusalem used to be in the power of the muslims, before the christian conquered it and transformed their great holy mosque to a christian cathedral – yes, there was indeed plenty to feel affronted by.
    It actually would be very difficult to take sides in this part of the world, where the three abrahamic religions (Judaïsm, Christianity, and Muhamedanism) always had lived (more or less in peace – hm-hm) together – one can say that it’s the cradle of the religions of the Western World.
    May be the Judaïsm is the more peaceful of those three, as the two younger religions: christianity and muhammedanism frequently has been at war with each other – and still pretty much are
    But now we actually are drifting from the Templars, who when they become too powerfull were exterminated by King Philip IV of France, who also forces the pope Clement, Avignon to agree.
    But before that the Templars were merged with the Hospitallers [another Christian military order from some time before the Templiers, real name: the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (Latin: Ordo Fratrum Hospitalis Sancti Ioannis Hierosolymitani)] ….
    Well, I think I better stop here because there’s an immense lot of interesting history about the Knights Templars – as there is about the Knights Hospitallers (Cyprus, Rhosed, Malta) – but in the end they all got tortured and burned at the stake as was the habit during those times – don’t ever take the names de Molay or de Villaret as names – or you’ll end up likewise
    In a Castle close to here, Chateau Fitou (more known from the Wine Fitou ), there was some years ago an exhibition about the Knights Templar with very lively look-alike mannequin dolls representating the life at the castle during the times of the Knights Templar – and it actually was those photos I wanted to show, but before I could do that, you needed to have a bit of a background.

    Some of the photos are a bit dark – and may be blurry, but if you think on the photos as been taken by somebody, who wasn’t really in the clear whether taking photos there was allowed – you’ll get it about right .
    O.K. – here it goes, the medieval highlife in a Knights Templar chateau :

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    First we take a look up in the salons – etc.

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    And then in the cellars, where torture was performed, and the dark alchemy reigned.

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    Refreshed after the beauty and the shocks
    We leave Chateau Fitou

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    The Templars bear fame long into our times with secret and mysterious orders, and freemasonrys - many stories are spun over the theme, which I'm sure you'll know
    BOBO is an abbreviation for BOurgeois-BOhème
    Lighten up, there – things look different in Light than in Shadow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Me and my friends, there was a time we were going to be mountain men--that was if it got bad or we didn't make it makin' it. I was a little off from the rest, thinking I'd hunt in the sea; not the hills, but it was the same, really. None of us became mountain men, though one did become a hermit that lives on a hill up in the woods.

    sas is right, your writing bone is showing... I think this is definitely a poem in the making... I was always going to be a horseback riding nomad....



    Quote Originally Posted by midnightpoet View Post
    Don Edwards is one of my favorite singers; the old west was mostly myth, but western songs remind me of the old cowboy movies of my youth when the good guys wore white hats and always won in the end - they didn't always get the girl but usually rode off into the sunset ready to fight for good tomorrow. Sigh. It's always just a dream, isn't it?
    Dear midnight, I had hoped you would read this.. I always think of you when I hear this song... the bad guys won this round... they destroyed the place where the buffalo roam.... there isn't any wild places left for misfits and dreamers... so we write poetry... love you, my fabulous friend....
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

  3. #1293

    Me amd Bobby McGee

    Busted flat in Baton Rouge
    waitin' for the train
    feelin' nearly faded as my jeans
    Bobby thumbed a diesel down
    just before it rained
    rode us all the way to New Orleans
    I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
    and was playin' soft
    while Bobby sang the blues
    with them windshield wipers slappin time
    I was holdin Bobby's hand in mine
    we sang every song that driver knew
    freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
    nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free

    Feelin' good was easy. Lord
    when Bobby sang the blues
    and feelin' good was good enough for me
    good enough for me and Bobby McGee

    From Kentucky coal mines
    to the California sun
    Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
    through all kinds of weather, Lord
    through everything I done
    Bobby baby kept me from the cold
    then somewhere near Salinas, Lord
    I let him slip away
    lookin for the home I hope he'll find it
    and I'd trade all my tomorrows
    for a single yesterday
    holdin' Bobby's body next to mine
    freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
    nothing's left is all Bobby let me

    Feelin' good was easy, Lord
    when he sang the blues
    and buddy that was good enough for me
    good enough for me and Bobby McGee

    Song writer: Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson
    Janis Joplin's greatest hits
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    Dear bobo... wow! I am enthralled ... these photos are exquisite... what a fabulous tour! Thank you so much for the History lesson, you made it soooo intriguing....
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    This is the last cowboy song, the end of a hundred year waltz
    Voices sound sad as they're singing along, another piece of America's lost

    He rides a feed lot and clerks in a market
    On weekends selling tobacco and beer
    His dreams of tomorrow surrounded by fences
    But he'll dream tonight of when fences weren't here

    He blazed the trail with Lewis and Clark
    And eyeball to eyeball Ol' Wyatt backed down
    He stood shoulder to shoulder with Travis in Texas
    And rode with the Seventh when Custer went down

    This is the last cowboy song the end of a hundred year waltz
    Voices sound sad as they're singing along another piece of America's lost

    Remington showed us how he looked on canvas
    And Louie L'Amore has told us his tale
    And Willie and Waylon and me sing about him
    And wish to God we could have ridden his trail

    The Old Chisholm Trail is covered in concrete now
    And they truck 'em to market in fifty foot rigs
    They blow by his market never slowing to reason
    Like living and dying was all he did

    This is the last cowboy song the end of a hundred year waltz
    Voices sound sad as they're singing along another piece of America's lost

    This is the last cowboy song the end of a hundred year waltz
    Voices sound sad as they're singing along another piece of America's lost

    This is the last cowboy song the end of a hundred year waltz
    Voices sound sad as they're singing along another piece of America's lost






    • Writer(s): Ed Bruce, Ron Peterson
    "The blind may be leading the blind, but the seeing have been leading the seeing for years without any visible results."

    "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

    Walt Kelly's Pogo

    "Put brain in gear before putting mouth in motion."

    Anon (as far as I know)

    "If you climb upon your high horse, don't be surprised if you get bucked off."

    Midnightpoet (as far as I know)

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    Love this, midnight... it fits my melancholy mood tonight... I was cleaning my saddle and missing my horse... she was a big Buckskin Tennessee walkin horse... we had a bond that I have never experienced since...
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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