The Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon is the only chivalric Order with legally documented direct succession from the original “Knights Templar”, with full legitimacy as the authentic historical institution of the Templars. Magistral Succession of the original Grand Mastery, plus autonomous sovereignty and independence, was granted by Royal TutelaProtection in perpetuity by the legalized descendants of King Fulk of Jerusalem through the “Stanley Kings”.


Vatican Chinon Parchment & Knights Templar Trial Records

Widely repeated in ordinary history books is the misconception that the Order of the Temple of Solomon of the Knights Templar was supposedly “dissolved” by the Vatican Holy See of Rome. This popularized idea, and its misleading implication that the Order could not be restored in the modern era, is proven false by clear evidence in the historical record.

Opposing the French King Philip IV who persecuted the Templar Order, Pope Clement V made all possible efforts to protect the Templars [1], and Vatican theologians at the University of Paris declared the King’s persecution to be in violation of Canon Law, stating that it was a secular abuse of the local French Inquisition under duress by the King, and was not sanctioned by the Vatican [2].

The “Chinon Parchment” Papal decree of 1308 AD dismissed the “confessions” to the French Inquisition under torture, and absolved the Templars of all accusations, “restoring” and “reinstating” the Order in communion with the Church [3].

Although the Papal Bull Vox in Exelsis of 1312 AD has been misinterpreted as supposedly “dissolving” the Order, it was a mere redistribution of assets, stating that it was “not by definitive sentence”. Under Canon Law, the Vatican had no authority to dissolve the Order itself as an autonomous institution, but rather could only suspend its own ecclesiastical patronage of Templar chivalric sovereignty.

Vatican Secret Archives Chinon Parchment & Knights Templar Trial Scrolls Set

In October 2007, in memoriam of the 700 year anniversary of the Knights Templar persecution, the Vatican Secret Archives released numbered limited edition authenticated replica copies of the Chinon Parchment to recognized Templar historians and descendants of Templar nobility. Social leaders of cultural Templarism interpreted this as a grand gesture of implied apology, and a diplomatic signal of proposed reconciliation.

The reemergence of the Chinon Parchment, made available for the first time to prominent cultural Templars of the modern era, inspired a group of Templar historians to undertake the full restoration of the original Order. This began a major project to reestablish the authentic Magistral Succession of the Order to full legal legitimacy. Under the leadership and sponsorship of Prince Matthew of Thebes, a group of Western European university historians were assisted by Eastern European geopolitical strategists, and supported by Vatican scholars.

That gracious and voluntary outreach and encouragement by the Vatican, by apparent synchronicity (often believed to indicate “God’s plan”), came during the same year as legalization of the Fons Honorum sovereignty of the descendant of King Fulk under the UK constitutional monarchy system in 2007, who the same year met Templar historian Judge Matthew of Thebes. This convergence of events laid the foundation for the later reestablishment of the Grand Mastery and royal grant of TutelaProtection autonomous sovereignty of the original Order of the Temple of Solomon in 2013.

The Grand Mastery of the Order of the Temple of Solomon possess two of the rare, cherished, registered “museum reproduction” copies of the Chinon Parchment scrolls and book sets from the Vatican Secret Archives, being authenticated historical documents. In November 2007, both sets were entrusted by the Vatican to Prince Matthew, who at that time was the historian and advisor to descendants of the original Order of the Temple of Solomon, which survived as a “secret society” prior to its restoration with official sovereignty and its later public reemergence.


King Fulk d'Anjou of Jerusalem (ca.1090-1143 AD), founder and royal patron of the Knights Templar

A group of university historians and archaeologists of medieval Templarism, based in London, had traced the lineage of the most historically important dynastic Royal House of the key founder of the Knights Templar, King Fulk of Jerusalem. Count Fulk of Anjou (ca. 1090-1143 AD), the King of Jerusalem (who succeeded King Baldwin II), was one of the first 9 founding Knights, and gave original Royal Patronage to the Templar Order starting with its first 2 Grand Masters. He was also the Regent of Antioch and dynastic Royal Patron of the Templar Principality of Antioch.

King Fulk died in 1143 AD, buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, evidencing his central historic importance to the Knights Templar. The sovereign dynastic Fons Honourum authority of the Kings of Jerusalem survived through the royal line from King Fulk’s first wife (Ermengarde of Maine, who died 1126). Fulk was succeeded by Count Geoffrey V of Anjou (1113-1151), the father of King Henry II of England (1133-1189), then King Richard the Lionheart (1157-1199), then Kings Henry III (1207-1272), Edward I (1239-1307), Edward II (1284-1327), Edward III (1312-1377), and seven generations later Prince George Stanley (1460-1503).

From this research, supported by official records in the archives of the Anglican Church, the Templar historians identified the legal general heir of the King Fulk line, a direct descendant of the British “Stanley Kings” of the Isle of Man.

Queen Elizabeth II, painting (ca.2007)

Barristers arranged and supported by the Templar historians succeeded in obtaining Royal Assent of Queen Elizabeth II and official recognition and legalization by the British Crown of His Royal Highness (H.R.H.) Prince David – King of Mann. This irrevocably established the legal fact of the existence of the sovereign “Independent Kingdom of Mann”, including “Fons Honourum” rights to restore Magistral Succession of the Templar Grand Mastery and grant Royal Protection of independent sovereignty to the Templar Order.

In January 2007, Her Majesty (H.M.) Queen Elizabeth II of the British Crown, with experts from Buckingham Palace, conducted a full month of legal and political review of a requested public legal notice, prepared and certified by the Barristers, as required to assume titles of royalty or nobility under UK law. As a result, with full knowledge and understanding of all issues involved, Queen Elizabeth II gave Royal Assent, and made official Royal Proclamation, to legalize the legitimate royal status of the Templar descendant of King Fulk.

That royal act of recognition was performed by means of publishing legal notice in the London Gazette on 16 January 2007 (called “Gazetting”), which cannot be printed without the prior approval of the legal department of the British Crown. That act created a binding legal fact of public law, by force of law under the British Crown Office Act of 1877, Section 3.3, as follows:

Noseley Hall - Templar Chapel (13th Century)

In October 2007, a special gathering for the purpose of restoring the original Knights Templar was hosted at the historic site Noseley Hall in Leicestershire, England, which features an authentic 13th century Chapel built by the original Knights Templar. (Noseley Hall is the estate of the Hazelrigg nobility family since 1419 AD, a line of Lord Barons established in the British Peerage in 1622 AD.) This private event attracted some media publicity, which misidentified the group as an unspecified “secret society” which became known as the “Noseley Group”.

At this historic meeting, the future Grand Master Prince Matthew was established as the historian and Curator of the Templar Order, and the King of Mann was established as its Royal Patron. The Curator and Patron were introduced to each other, and both restored and reinstated the Temple Rule and swore the Templar Vow of Chivalry in the sacred 13th century Chapel.

Noseley Hall Estate of Lord Baron Hazelrigg (ca.1419 AD)

A 7-year plan was developed for the full restoration of the original Order of the Temple of Solomon. (Already begun by the Templar historians in January 2007, the plan was targeted for completion by December 2013.)

That plan was successfully implemented by April 2013, ahead of schedule, in fulfillment of the medieval Gnostic Cathar Prophecy of 1313 AD based upon the ancient Melchizedek Scroll of the Essenes.

At that point, the temporary Royal Patronage was no longer needed, and was replaced by permanent Royal Protection of sovereignty with independence. The Order of the Temple of Solomon thus remains separate, as an autonomous Templar nation-state, with legitimacy of Magistral Succession from the source of its original Grand Mastery.

The Order is wholly independent as a nation-state subject of international law in its own right, and the Royal House of Mann is not involved in any policies, operations or activities of the Order.

All of the above documented history, well preserved in the historical record, gives the Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon the most complete and direct connection to the founding roots and unbroken continuation of the original Order of the “Knights Templar” from 1118 AD.


In March 1513 AD, when Pope Leo X was elected, the Cathars associated that event with another related Coptic scroll from the Essenes (later re-discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt with other “Lost Gospels”) called the “Prince Melchizedek Scroll”, applying the prediction that “In 10 Jubilees Prince Melchizedek will rise as the [fearsome] Judge”. Ten “Jubilees” is exactly 500 years, interpreted by the Cathars as occurring in the year 2013, making the indicated date also 700 years after the suppression of the Order.


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