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Posted on Monday, March 24 - 2008

Patrick Barkham: The accountancy firm that looks after children's entertainers the Wiggles is not an obvious place to search for the Holy Grail, but that's where the trail led last night. It started with a simple quest - what on earth is a large advertisment headlined "The Ancient and Noble Order of The Knights Templar" doing in the Daily Telegraph? - and it led your intrepid investigator to the wilds of west London and then all the way back to the 12th century.It was around 1118 when the order of the Knights Templar was founded in the Holy Land by Hughes de Payens and eight other French knights to protect pilgrims and defend Jerusalem, which hadbeen captured by the Crusaders in 1099.

Over almost two centuries, the order grew into one of the most rich and powerful institutions of the era. It all came crashing down when the Pope burnt the Templars' last grand master at the stake in Paris in 1314. The order seemed to have disappeared - until yesterday, when this tantalising advertisement appeared.Apart from the odd misplaced apostrophe and various arcane references to "annulling the bull", the advert gravely announced that the Knights Templar would petition the Pope to "restore the Order with the duties, rights and privileges appropriate to the 21st century and beyond". It called on all Templar groups and "brothers in arms" around the world to get in touch, either via its website,, or an address in west London, which could clearly become a mecca for long-lost Templars and baffled Telegraph readers alike.My quest was to decipher this advertisement and find out why someone would pay several thousand pounds to place it in the press.Historians agree that the Knights Templar were a powerful military order of warrior monks charged with defending the Holy Land. They amassed great wealth, although their prestige was damaged when the Christians were driven out of Jerusalem in the 13th century.

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Posted on Saturday, January 12 - 2013

The article was expected to detail the discovery of a 4th century parchment which references Jesus" wife.The controversial discovery was made by Professor Karen King who announced in September that dialogue written in Coptic on the parchment seemed to include a reference by Jesus which translates to "my wife". The delay in the publication of an article set to detail a full analysis of the parchment has cast new doubts on its authenticity."Publication ofProf.

King’s paper has been delayed, so that the results of the testing may be incorporated," said Kathryn Dodgson, director of communications for Harvard Divinity School. So far the discovery has been met with significant criticism with even the Vatican declaring it a fake. "There are thousands of scraps of papyrus where you find crazy things," said Coptic linguist Wolf-Peter Funk. "It can be anything." A long-awaited article on a Coptic papyrus fragment believed to reference the wife of Jesus hasbeen left out of the Harvard Theological Review, furthering doubts about the artifact’s authenticity.  

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Posted on Wednesday, September 19 - 2012

A message inked on an ancient scrap of papyrus seems to suggest that Jesus may have been married.The controversial discovery was made public yesterday by historian Karen L King at an international meeting of Coptic scholars. The scrap of papyrus is thought to have been written in the 4th century and is no bigger than a business card. In faded letters the text includes the words "Jesus said to them, "My wife.." and further on it reads "she will be able to be my disciple."The owner of the parchment has asked to remain anonymous, however experts who have studied ithave so far concluded that it is unlikely to be a forgery.

If it turns out to be genuine then it could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married and, as long rumored, whether his wife could have been Mary Magdalene. The discussion is particularly animated in the Roman Catholic Church, where despite calls for change, the Vatican has reiterated the teaching that the priesthood cannot be opened to women and married men because of the model set by Jesus.  

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Posted on Tuesday, August 21 - 2012

Did Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci paint his likeness in to one of his most famous paintings ?Art expert Ross King believes that Da Vinci used his own image when he painted Thomas and James the Lesser in The Last Supper. The claim is partly based on a poem by Da Vinci"s friend Gasparo Visconti who made references suggesting that Da Vinci may have included his likeness in some of hispaintings.

A chalk drawing thought to portray Da Vinci from 1515 also bears resemblance to the two figures in The Last Supper."The Last Supper is the only work that no one - either crackpot or academic - has tried to identify as a Leonardo portrait," said King. In humorous verse, Visconti mocks an unnamed artist for putting his self-portrait into his paintings – "however handsome it may be" – and with his own "actions and ways", namelygestures and expressions.  

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