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Fact and Fiction
In Immortal Hope there are many historical facts that I both built upon and then also tweaked to fit the storyline.
If you have a particular question about something mentioned in IMMORTAL HOPE, please feel free to email me!
In IMMORTAL HOPE, I used the "binding of Azazel" to cast Raphael as one of the key players in both the cursing of the Templar and the subsequent leading of the armies. I changed his appearance to a fair-skinned blonde, and altered his role as that of fighter, not healer.
In IMMORTAL HOPE, Gabriel maintains his role of messenger, working with the seraphs under the directive of the Almighty. Even his fellow archangels are not privvy to the knowledge Gabriel bears. I played off his variable appearances and have made Gabrial appear to seraphs differently. Also, as he directly works with the modern women and modern society, he is the most contemporary of the archangels.
Keeping with the vast majority of accepted fact, Mikhail in IMMORTAL HOPE is the Templar leader. He also acts as the redeemer of souls by carrying out the task of bringing a nearly-transformed knight to death before his soul can fully turn. The spelling variant of his name depicts old world Hebrew pronunciation.
In Immortal Hope, Uriel assumed the position of healer, and is as mystical as his precise purpose.
In IMMORTAL HOPE, I chose to assume the belief that expecting men to be chaste for hundreds of years was implausible and amended this oath to be a minor vow.
This is, as it can be considered, historical fact. When the Order was eradicated by the Pope and the King of France, King Edward, in England had been excommunicated by the Pope and allowed the Templars to continue in England. In 1322 when the Templar refused to finance the king, Edward changed his tune. Upon Ralph de Sudeley’s death (a leader of the Templar), the Herdewyke preceptory had been bequeathed to the Templar order, and they were still in residence at the time of Edward’s purge. Some of the treasure was claimed by the crown. Locals relayed stories the Templar hid some of it away, which led to vigorous excavating by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1600.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are as Merrick describes, however, whether they were ever buried beneath the Temple Mount is left for you to decide.The Copper Scroll is an actual artifact found with the Dead Sea Scrolls. It mystifies scholars today because it is written differently than the other items found with it. The descriptions are written in familiar language, such as “behind the red barn”, and it is believed to document, in some fashion, the lost treasure of Jerusalem.
The building that houses the Knights Templar in North America, does in fact exist. It is the Odd Fellows home, in Liberty, MO, and it was also owned and founded by a secret society. To my knowledge, the Knights Templar do not have a temple beneath the dilapidated brick shell. But ghosts evidently linger on the premises. It is now known as the Belvoir Winery.
Fulk I did imprison his brother at Chinon, thus claiming all Geoffrey’s power and property, and Geoffrey did stay in prison until near the end of his life. He did, in fact, die shortly after his release. He did not, however, have any heirs.
Chinon did house Templar prisoners after King Phillip’s forced Inquisition. There are Templar engravings in the stone walls where the men were confined. In recent years, documentation has been discovered showing that these particular men were given pardons from the Catholic Church for reasons unexplained. This pardon has been essentially ‘buried’ in Church history.
Anne’s house in Atchison Kansas is indeed on the city’s list of haunted attractions. It is currently unoccupied, and it is believed an “old witch” last lived in the house… her and her many cats. The tower room does not have power running to it. Yet often a light is seen on in the room. Cats have been heard purring inside, but no cats are in residence.
Contrary to many larger, urban areas, the practice of teaching classes at the college level with only an MA is common in the midwest, particularly in smaller, private schools, not state-funded universities. Often the college itself will pay for the classes necessary to obtain one's doctorate. Further, conditional promises do occur, as politics is an undercurrent of higher education, in many environments. But conditional means exactly as it sounds - if the conditions are not met, the outcome is not given.
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