When George Lucas created the concept for Star Wars, with his knowledge of history he must surely have been aware of the parallels with the history of the Knights Templar, a mysterious and secretive society of warrior monks.
Jedi in Star Wars are Templars in medieval Crusades
"In the first Star Wars scripts the Jedi Knights are called Jedi Templars," said Cavalorn, an historian of the occult seen recently in Channel 4's acclaimed Rasputin documentary. Lucas' involvement with the creation of the last Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade, demonstrates his awareness of the medieval Grail Legends, in which the Templars are the key.
During the Crusades the Knights Templar became the most powerful religious Order in the world. Today the Knights Templars enjoy cult status among those who know them. There are whispers in certain circles that the tale of the Jedi Knights in Star Wars was inspired by the tale of the Templar Knights in medieval history.
The Jedi are reminiscent of the Templars in certain key points. If the Jedi are a metaphor for the Templars, that would make the Jedi master Obe Wan Kenobi none other than Jaques de Molay the lost Grand Master and leader of the Templars. De Molay was murdered in the 14th Century by King Phillip of France who conspired with Pope Clement V. The Pope therefore represents Darth Vader, which makes the King of France The Emperor of the Dark Side. The Pope bestowed upon the King of France (called "the frog" by some) the title of Holy Roman Emperor.
In the ancient Grail Legends, which are loosely based on history, the Knights Templar are credited with supernatural powers. They are the guardians of the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant, and custodians of ancient wisdom. Could this be a clue to The Force that a Jedi Knights must learn to master?
There are many other links between the Templars and the Jedii. And like the Jedi, when the Templars lost their master, the tradition was almost lost...
May The Force Be With You.
"The Insider" mailing list article, 20 November 2004.
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