A heretic in medieval times was anyone who dissented from the
established Church's view, and to be branded a heretic invited
torture and execution. Such dissenters included the Knights
Templar, the Freemasons, the Cathars, and scientists of the day.
Their mission was to safeguard the truth about Jesus Christ and his
ministry, which they believed was revealed in certain early
scriptures and had been rejected and suppressed ruthlessly in the
name of the Church. They devised an ingenius and complex secret
code for communicating with others of like minds and to preserve
the truth for future generations. This code was concealed in
symbols which they hid in the art, artefacts and architecture of
the medieval world. Symbolism has always been used by man in his
exploration of the world of the spirit, and Christian symbolism was
prevalent throughout medieval religious art and architecture. It is
a relatively recent discovery that there were deeper layers of
meaning disguised within that symbolism: "heretical" ideas that
were kept hidden from the prying eyes of a repressive hierarchy.
Decoding this "hidden symbolism" is on two levels. There are
certain keys, but there will always be an intuitive element to the
understanding of the coded messages. This book is an inspiration to
search out the secret messages that were meant for us and our
descendants as much as for the artists' contemporaries.
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