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Templar Heresy


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Table of Contents

Map of the Region

A Note to the Reader on the Historical Context

Marco Polo's Tale of the Assassins

The Papal Charges against the Templars

part one The Qiyama and the Assassins

part two The Mission of the Templars

part three The Teachings of Sinan

part four The Gnosis Spreads West

part five Return to Al-Kaph and Death

part six Suspicion and Surveillance

part seven The Teachings of the Cathars

part eight Initiation and Arrest

part nine The Albigensian Crusades



Other Books by James Wasserman

About the Author

James Wasserman (1948-2020) was the author of several books, including The Templars and the Assassins and The Temple of Solomon. A longtime student of the occult and a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976, he lived in New York City. Keith Stump is a religious scholar and documentary screenwriter who spent many years in the Middle East studying the beliefs, history, and culture of the world's great monotheistic faiths. Harvey Rochman is an international financier and film producer who envisions global media advancing human consciousness.


"An erudite, gripping novel of one man's journey, set during the tumultuous Crusades, where a series of totally unexpected twists and turns leads to a subsequent initiation process, creating extraordinary transformative changes, forever altering his perception of himself, the world, and those around him. This fascinating account parallels a far greater universal theme--that of a profound spiritual quest of heart and soul, of timeless wisdom and raw courage, where definitions and boundaries change, new doorways open as others close, where peace is valued and challenges are met, and longstanding cultural 'mythconceptions' on both sides undergo a dramatic metamorphosis--never to be the same again! A riveting read, the kind you can't put down . . . a panacea for a battle weary world." * Karen Ralls, Ph.D., The Templars and the Grail *
"James Wasserman has risen to the challenge of the daunting task of making medieval history, and especially esoteric history, entertaining and compelling. Things were so very different then, but some things never change. Wasserman has located the spiritual Gnosis in relations between a few remarkable Templars and the survivals of the antique Gnosis in Syria and Languedoc. Templar Heresy is a story of personal illumination the reader can easily share because it is clearly, sincerely, and excitingly expressed." * Tobias Churton, author of The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians *
"Templar Heresy is a unique tale of spiritual growth and initiation-- words that have been so abused of late they seemingly have little meaning. In his rescuing of these sacred terms, Wasserman creates a teaching tool of vital importance. Unlike similar books, loosely wrapped in a historical veneer or vague spiritual teachings (often channeled from a past life), Templar Heresy is rigorous in its spiritual content and historical context. Readers cannot come away unchanged--as Templar Heresy will teach you about the past, the present (and possibly give a glimpse of the future), as well as authentic spiritual initiation. It will also teach you something about yourself. Readers be warned!" * Mark Stavish, director of studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies *
"Historians struggle to strip away the dark veils of the ancient days and reveal just a glimpse of the panorama of life in the distant past. The attempts are frequently pallid portraits of times that cry out for a rich palette of many tones with the deft hand of an artist. In Templar Heresy, James Wasserman gives us just such a vivid portrait of the burgeoning disparate movements of the medieval Crusades--from the infamous cult of Assassins to the Order of the Knights Templar. The evolution of the Western esoteric tradition is revealed as we follow the lives of Sinan the Assassin and the Templar Roland de Provence through these journeys of Spiritual Aspiration and Realization, Betrayal and Persecution, Love and Reconciliation. This is history imbued with the colors of life that only life can reveal. Templar Heresy is a dramatic tour de force not to be missed." * J. Daniel Gunther, author of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child *
"Wasserman's style is delightful. He reminds me of classical French authors like Alexandre Dumas the younger. Moving straight ahead with his story, he wastes no time with excessive explanation while providing a real study of the political circumstances of the period. This book brings together accurate and insightful historical investigation with well-written and intuitive storytelling." * Georg Dehn, editor of The Book of Abramelin: A New Translation *
"Wasserman's Templar Heresy reads like a colorful and addicting novel while deconstructing everything you thought you knew about the Templars and the history of Western civilization. To say that it offers new and disturbing insights on today's geopolitical realities would be a gross understatement. Highly recommended." * Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Key to Solomon's Key *
"Templar Heresy invites us to consider that a mystical or esoteric explanation of our own times is the only one that makes any sense. Wasserman tells the story of the Templars in a fictional way but also with a sense of the context of the times--there are both real and invented characters, both real and invented events. There is magic and mystery and esoteric philosophy; in these pages we see that Muslims and Christians may have more in common with each other than we ever realized. Templar Heresy is a treatise on that struggle between ignorance and knowledge--not just from an intellectual perspective but from a spiritual one. It forces us to confront the whole concept of 'heresy' and to find that inner heretic in our own souls." * Peter Levenda, author of The Lovecraft Code *
"With the tumult between the West and the Middle East as part of our daily news cycle, James Wasserman has conjured up a riveting narrative that is as pertinent to today's world struggles as it is a romantic and evocative adventure of a bygone era. Wasserman casts the adept's spell, sweeping up the reader onto a magic carpet ride of Assassins and Templars, heresy and intrigue, rituals, hashish, initiation, and sexual exploration. The tale explains much about the cultural cataclysm that marks every aspect of our contemporary world." * Peter Seals (Frater Puck), host of Thelema Now! *

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