When Arminius von Welterod joins the order of the Temple in 1277, he has high expectations. Some of them are fulfilled, but the fall of the Holy Land in 1291 plunges him into a severe personal crisis. He overcomes the crisis, rises to new heights, penetrates the deepest esoteric secrets of the order, and decides to covertly expose them in a series of secret letters to the Beguines, who disseminate them into the public mainstream. After the dissolution of the order in 1307 he is tried for heresy, barely escapes being burned at the stake, writes his memoirs and hides them in a cave. This novel is meticulously researched and as historically authentic as can be. Above and beyond its historical accuracy, it gives the reader rare and precious insights into the daily life, the religious practices, the spiritual and secular goals as well as the secret initiation rites of the order of the Temple. It is vividly and compellingly written, as if the author himself had been there and experienced what he describes. Perhaps the source of the author's authoritative knowledge goes back to the Templar cave, which he himself excavated in the location described in this novel, and which inspired him to write the book? Or, perhaps, his own intuitive insights and mystical experiences enabled him to gain some glimpses into the inner workings of the mystical order of the Temple, inside knowledge that can be obtained only by direct mystical experience?
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Hermann Harlos was born in the year 1940 in the city of Krakow, Poland. Near the end of the Second World War his parents fled from Poland to West Germany, where he grew up. Over the course of a richly varied life, which led him from Germany to Australia and from there to Canada, Hermann Harlos was first a blacksmith, then a farm machinery mechanic, later a fitter and welder, eventually a self employed farmer, and finally a mystic. His mystical experiences compelled him to become a self-taught writer in his mature years, after his retirement from farming. He writes fiction, poetry, and non fiction, in both German and English. His first publishing success was the German language publication of "Non nobis, Domine!" in 2004. He now resides with his wife in the quiet rural community of Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, where he currently works on his second novel, also in both languages.
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Book Description CreateSpace, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 528 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.19 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1477575847