October 13, 1307 the French King Philip IV, who was deeply indebted to the
Knights Templar, ordered them arrested and charged with heretical practices and
on November 22 of that year under pressure from Philip, Pope Clement V issued
the papal bull Pastoralis
instructing all the monarchs of Europe to seize their assets.
Whether or not the Knights Templar
practiced heretical beliefs as charged, the immolation of Templar Grand Master
Jacques de Molay at the hands of the Pope’s Inquisitors in 1314 would serve as
an inspiration to generations of people who did.
Pope Innocent III’s brutal Albigensian Crusade of 1209-29 against the powerful dualist Cathar movement
pitted Northern France’s Catholic nobility against the lesser nobility of the
south who were tolerant and supportive of it.
As a pre-Christian faith deeply
rooted in the ancient world and spread by Rome’s legions through Mithraism to the four corners of the pagan
Roman Empire, Catharism represented an old and powerful belief system which
refused to be suppressed by the sterile and often contradictory doctrines of
Rome’s Christian Empire.
As described by Reverend V.A.
Demant, Canon of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in a preface to a 1947 book on
the subject titled The Arrow and the Sword:
“To mention only its roots in Mithraism, its
links with the Gnostics, its theological dualism, its asceticism, the ritual of
life and death as cosmic mysteries, the appeal of the troubadours, Arthurian
legends and the cult of the Holy Grail, the passions aroused for and against
witchcraft, the intimate connection between sex and religion — all these things
are sufficient testimony to the deep rooted vitality of a stream of religious
consciousness which cannot be superciliously dismissed by rationalists and
Writing on the heels of World War
II, and with Europe still in ruins from the rise of an irrational and immoral
pagan faith called Nazism, Demant feared that such a vital apocalyptic belief
system with its “robust religiousness” and commitment to a struggle against an
evil material world was bound to rise again, as it had so many times in the
Yet, he might not have been
surprised to know that his own “Protestant” faith, of which he was a senior
officer as the Canon of St. Paul’s, had its own roots in the same heresy.
Now lost in the cross weaves of
history, Britain’s version of the heresy represented a new and far more
dangerous version of life-denying Catharism than was ever imagined by the
Templars, Bernard of Clairvaux or Jacques DeMolay.
A Grudge that lasted through the
been speculated about the survival of the Templars following their dissolution in 1312. Today’s popular
fiction about their life as a secret society rests not on any particular
historical accounting but mainly on 18th century Masonic myth-making
and Sir Walter Scott’s early 19th century stories that romanticized the Templar Knighthood.
The 18th century men of
the Enlightenment found great interest in mystical illumination through Masonic
rituals. To these men, the newly industrializing West needed a new prophetic
tradition to anchor it in history. Rediscovery of the ancient world, as a
result of imperial interventions in the Near East and Egypt, spawned a renewed
interest in Renaissance Neo-Platonism and Cabbalism and their roots in a
life-denying Gnostic creed. In fact, the very act of returning in victory to
the origin of these Gnostic beliefs was in itself proof that they had been
chosen to fulfill a cosmic cycle, as prophesied by the ancients.
Bestowing the Templars with occult
mystical powers fit neatly into the early Romantic Movement and helped to
promote Enlightenment thinking as part of God’s plan for mankind.
But the ravages of the Inquisition
and the growing anger over a corrupt Roman Catholic Church were anything but
myth to those living in the thirteenth and fourteenth century.
As a military order of religious
warriors responsible only to the Pope, the Templars and their Cathar backers in
France and England represented a powerful autonomous deep-state within medieval
society. In many ways orthodox Christianity was no match for the life-denying,
dualist doctrine of the Cathars. Catharism’s simple focus on the cosmic battle
between a spiritual good and a material evil, and its promise of a time-ending
apocalypse in which the material world would be consumed in fire, was an
Driven to ground by a corrupted
Roman Catholic Church and greedy French King, “the heresy” appeared to have
been trampled out by the middle of the 14th century. But with the
onset of the Reformation in the early 16th century, Rome’s authority
faced a new challenge and as it spread to Ireland, the old Anglo/Norman
warlords like the Fitzgeralds,
The Protestant Reformation
represented a heresy that was at once secular and religious. Martin Luther and
John Calvin confronted a Papacy that claimed a material domain, as well as a
spiritual one. In 1534, the English Parliament’s Act of Supremacy solved
that problem by declaring Henry VIII “Supreme Head on earth of the Church of
England”, and in 1559, his daughter Queen Elizabeth I became the Church’s
Cathar territory remained fertile
ground for insurrection against the church and that insurrection came with the
Protestant Reformation. The French Calvinist Huguenot movement of the late 16th
century grew from exactly the same ground in France, where 200 years earlier,
the Cathars had been brutally suppressed by the Papal Crusade.
In England, Queen Elizabeth I’s deep-state, comprised of the Earl of Leicester Sir Francis Walsingham
and Sir Philip Sydney, found common cause with the Huguenots and supported them
with soldiers, guns and money. Their armies waged holy war against the Papacy
across Europe and in Catholic Ireland where they targeted the last visible
threat to Elizabeth’s supremacy at home, the Fitzgeralds.
16th Century deep-state
Fitzgerald family had drawn their original power
from France and Italy in the 11th century as the muscle for the
Cathar-friendly Anglo/Norman royals. They had clearly performed their duties
well enough to be rewarded by their feudal lords with lands and titles, but
when they came to Ireland, their paths diverged. Gerald of Wales
makes clear in his book that, by 1170, this family of Anglo/Norman Samurai was
fed up with royal excess and wanted to strike out on their own under their own
But three centuries of the
Fitzgerald family’s immersion in Irish culture transformed them. Forsaking the
English language, English customs and English law, the Anglo/Normans married
the land and became “more Irish than the Irish themselves”. Known as the “Old English” (Seanghaill), their ongoing
intermarriage with Irish clans produced furious resentment from London, while
the coming of the Protestant Reformation produced outright hatred.
Known for their love of Ireland and
their willingness to renounce their loyalty to England, the Fitzgerald family
were feared and hated as representatives of a Roman Catholic deep-state bent on
reversing the Reformation. On the other hand, the Sidney Circle represented a
very old deep-state of its own; that “stream of religious consciousness,” that
had been suppressed for centuries, had risen in rebellion and was committed to
ridding the world of evil.
The Sidney Circle and its primary
operatives, Francis Walsingham, Edmund Spencer, Sir Walter Raleigh and John
Dee, represented the militarized edge of Renaissance Neoplatonism, bent on
establishing England not just as a global empire to rival Catholic Spain, but
as a spiritual empire headed by Queen Elizabeth I that would cleanse the
material world and restore its spiritual destiny.
The first step to that destiny was
the conquest of Ireland. Inspired by the Hermetic-Cabbalist Neoplatonism of
John Dee, the Sydney Circle would take on the Fitzgerald Earl of Desmond in a
genocidal war of extermination. Viewed from the 21st century, the
idea of an all-or-nothing Manichean holy war between white Europeans seems
But the feud between the European
deep-state factions of the Counter-Reformation was a no-holds-barred fight to
the death that embodied no less than the core principles of a cosmic war
between light and dark.
In 1580, the prospect of this
apocalyptic war of genocide coming to Ireland prompted the Holy See in Rome to
send an army of Italians and Spaniards to help the Fitzgeralds under the authority drafted by the “Just War Doctrine.”
Dubbed by Richard Berleth, author of
The Twilight Lords:
Elizabeth I and the First Irish Holocaust
as the “Twilight Lords”, the Fitzgeralds’ struggle against the Elizabethans and
their Renaissance Neoplatonism offers a window into a thousand year old factional struggle
of a European “deep-state” rooted in a Gnostic belief system. As allegorized in
Edmund Spencer’s Faerie Queene, the
Fitzgeralds satisfied the Manichean requirement for evil in the English
propaganda of the day, while Elizabeth and her Red Cross Templar knights
represented Christian purity in the tradition of King Arthur and the Round
It is of no small importance that
the death of Gerald Fitzgerald, the last Earl of Desmond in 1583, marks
the beginning of the British Empire. The eternal struggle of good against evil,
the ancient Iranian war of light against dark by design required a victory over
the darkness, and the Earl of Desmond filled that sacred role. As was the
custom at the time, his decapitated head was sent to London where, legend has
it, Queen Elizabeth sat with it for the morning before having it impaled on
incorporation of the British East India Company
in 1600, Elizabeth’s victory would be spread around the world through imperial
expansion. Elizabeth’s favorite courtier Walter Raleigh would sail to America
and establish the colony that came to be named Virginia for the “Virgin Queen.”
The East India Company would
establish trading posts from India to America and play a key role in the
economic causes leading to the American Revolution.
It would make its founding families
rich beyond dreams of avarice and make the English language universal and
English culture the standard by which all other cultures would be judged. But
the competition with Rome and the suspicion over its motives would never stop.
In the 400 plus years since
Elizabeth I’s time, much of what was once deemed heretical by Church
authorities has become commonplace. The Irish feudal society the Fitzgeralds
died to preserve was already obsolete by Elizabethan times, and would have
vanished with or without them.
The sexual practices of the
“heretics”, forbidden by law as recently as a generation ago, have become
accepted and even openly embraced. The perfection of the human race through
magic and alchemy sought by John Dee and the Sidney Circle has been replaced by
computer science, physics and biotechnology, but the final product of such
perfection is far from clear or even desirable.
Unknown and often unseen, the bitter
struggle for power within the Anglo/Norman deep-state has raged beneath the
surface down through the centuries.
November 22, 1963, Americans were shocked by the
public execution of their President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In the years
since every manner of conspiracy theory has been advanced to explain what
But killing the only Roman Catholic
President of the United States on the site of the first Masonic Temple in
Dallas on the Masonic day of revenge for the destruction of the Knights Templar
(November 22) bespeaks a ritual; and the ritual to which it bespeaks belongs to
the Cathars and the De Clare family.
The discovery that George Bush was
descended from Earl Richard de Clare, “Strongbow,” the same man who drew the Fitzgerald family en masse into
Ireland in 1169 was one of those moments few may understand without access to
the deep-state script.
If the assassination of President
John Fitzgerald Kennedy could have been an act of retribution for an eight
hundred year old vendetta, then we all must begin to view history from a much more
complex perspective. In order to understand a “deep-state”, we must all begin
to ask “deep-questions” and be willing to accept “deep-answers”, no matter
where they lead.
But with some clues to our own past,
with an understanding of the ancient cycles of revenge and retribution and a
rudimentary knowledge of the ancient rituals of death and rebirth, we can move
forward to enthusiastically greet whatever is about to come next in much better
shape than we might have thought possible.
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Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, published by City Lights (2009), Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire, published by City Lights (2011).
Their novel The Voice , was published in 2001. Their memoir, The Valediction Three Nights of Desmond was
published by TrineDay (2021) and The Valediction Resurrection was published by TrineDay (2022). For more information
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