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Graves belonging to the Knights Templar found in Staffordshire

By T.K. Randall
August 16, 2023 · Comment icon 3 comments

The Knights Templar were an enigmatic order. Image Credit: Public Domain
The intriguing find has been likened to something out of Dan Brown's novel 'The Da Vinci Code'.
One of the most wealthy and powerful organizations of the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar have long been steeped in mystery and intrigue - not least in part due to the amount of treasure that they were said to have amassed and hidden at various locations throughout Europe.

The order was heavily featured in Dan Brown's popular novel The Da Vinci Code, which also helped to popularize the theory that the Templar may have even been in possession of the Holy Grail.

Now Historian Edward Spencer Dyas has made the fascinating discovery of 8 Knights Templar graves on the grounds of St Mary's Church in Enville, Staffordshire.
It's unclear exactly why there should be so many of them buried at this location, but the find could put the church on the map as one of the most significant Templar sites in England.

"I believe these discoveries make Enville one of the most nationally important churches in the country," he said. "That's due to its close links with William Marshall, who is considered one of the greatest warriors England ever produced."

"But there is a mystery of why an European Templar is buried at Enville and why they were secretly so prominent there."



Source: Mail Online | Comments (3)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 10 months ago
The word "Templar" starts with the letter "T", and there is a "T" in Staffordshire.  Coincidence?????
Comment icon #2 Posted by Antigonos 10 months ago
Nice. The article questions why there were as many as eight Templar graves in one location, which the most likely explanation is that it was the site of one of their preceptories and they died there. Or they may have all belonged to the same family, Staffordshire being their home. It wasn’t uncommon for joining the Templar order to be a family tradition.   Besides the Holy Land, the Knights Templar had many land holdings  throughout Europe,  including vast estates in areas of France, Portugal, Spain and England.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Wreck7 10 months ago
Regardless, it looks like a pretty cool place.   https://www.google.com/maps/place/St+Mary+the+Virgin,+Enville/@52.4789649,-2.2607765,81m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x48708f3d44515971:0x6201eae7a7e21931!8m2!3d52.479159!4d-2.2609293!16s%2Fg%2F11b8v72crp?entry=ttu


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