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Rise and fall of civilizations


As nations develop they go through stages. This process has repeated throughout history from the Greek and Roman empires at the dawn of written history to the British Empire that controlled 25% of the earth's surface; all have risen and fallen.


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

The Life of Reason by George Santayana

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 

To understand this episode in History, read the book: Ascanius; or, the Young Adventurer, written by Ralph Griffiths and first published in London in 1746. Notes and Queries 1923 p172 or visit the Blog.  


Is this History being repeated today or in the near future? 

Yes it is. Similar events are occuring in Africa, the Middle East, and South America
At dawn on Friday 13th October, 1307 (on a day that would forever after be known as 'Black Friday') the soldiers of King Philip (the Fair) IV of France simultaneously opened their orders all over the country. They were to arrest every Knight Templar they could find. The arrest, trial, and subsequent execution led to the disbanding of the Order of the Knight's Templar - or did it?

Class of 1307

 Where are they now?

King Philip's motive in carrying out this act was purely monetary. He had seen their fabulous wealth when he had sought protection from an angry mob in the Templar's Paris headquarters. He had almost bankrupted the nation with foreign wars and he wanted his loan from the Templar's wiped out and have their wealth for himself. He did not find but a small part of their famed wealth.
So where did they go? It would seem unlikely that with an organization this powerful and with its spies everywhere that they didn't know what was going to happen. In fact circumstances that happened before the arrests confirm that the Templars knew exactly what was going to happen. Just days before Black Friday the Templar fleet that had been in ports such as La Rochelle sailed and were never seen again. So let's try to figure out what may have happened to the remaining illustrious Knights.
I suggest they did what every good soldier has done before, and since, when put in an indefensible position —— they head for the hills. Similarly, the navy headed for island ports where they could more easily defend themselves. more ...