The King, the Pope, the Castle, the Knights, the Girl, the Freemasons and the American Army of Occupation


In 1312, after King Philip and the Pope set out to obliterate the Knights Templar, the last remaining twelve knights escaped to the Rhine hoping a castle would protect them. History tells of their heroic fight against the armies of the Archbishop. So renowned is this legend, American soldiers serving in the Army of Occupation petitioned the Masonic Grand Master to relax the rules and allow them to charter a lodge near ancient Castle Lahneck.

Five-hundred-thirty-nine-years later, a young Scottish girl was drawn to Castle Lahneek too. Idilia Dubb was only seventeen in the summer of 1851 when under the spell of the castle and the joy of vacation, she decided to explore. She climbed the wooden stairs that led to the castle’s high tower. As she did, the ancient stairs fell away behind her. Stranded in the tower, the wall too tall for her to climb, Idilia called for help. Again and again she called out but no one heard her cries. It was nine years before her body was found. When they found her diary she had drawn two hearts at the bottom, below a prayer and her belief that death would surely come.

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Arabic Culture Brought Trade… Including Banking

During the medieval era, crusading knights thought they were the most civilized and advanced in all the world. Little did they know that the Turks saw them as ignorant barbarians. Because the Mohammedan culture was so much more advanced than that of the European crusaders, it caught the knights by surprise. The Eastern civilization dazzled the knights with their arts and culture. After they brought back precious stones, colorful rugs, spices and jewelry, to the European world, the people wanted more. Retrieving these fabulous treasures required ships to be built, bankers to handle the transactions and middlemen to sell the wares. Trading increased and brought great prosperity to European cities.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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ANCIENT HISTORY: What’s Self-Flagellation?

When Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” came out, his self-flagellating monk had a lot of us wondering, what’s that about? In 1347, the Black Death (plague) descended from China to Europe. People were ignorant and superstitious so came up with a variety of rationalizations for why the plague was killing their loved ones. Not understanding cleanliness, biology, and the nature of disease, they believed God was punishing them. A cult arose, called the Flagellants and cult members swore to flog themselves three times a day. With bare-torsos, cult members, sometimes a thousand strong, sauntered down the street singing hymns while their leader whipped them and they whipped themselves. Ironically, many of them died, not from the Black Death, but from infected wounds from the self-flagellation because cult dogma forbade bathing, even the wounds. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:


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