ONLINE: The Knights Templar was one of the most mysterious and powerful religious orders in history. Highly trained and adherents of a strict chivalric code, the Templars' successes on the battlefield brought them both extraordinary wealth and political influence. The Knights Templar was a secret society whose purpose remains a mystery, or is at least vigorously debated among scholars and historians to this day. The Templars left behind many clues to their actions that have been passed down through generations, hidden in ancient manuscripts and discovered by archaeologists in the modern era. Their story is one that has fascinated and intrigued people throughout the ages: Were they sent to the Holy Land to protect Christians on pilgrimages, or were they sent there on secret missions by higher authorities to unearth lost artifacts and buried treasure under temples and sacred sites? Students will seek answers to the questions surrounding the actions, myths and legends of the Knights Templar. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 200.
Class sessions are recorded.
Barry Schoenfeld has over 40 years’ experience in business in New York and Los Angeles. He graduated from Cornell University, and has taught online for OLLI; Tufts University; Johns Hopkins University; the University of California, Riverside; Arizona State University; and California State University, San Bernardino. He teaches from his passions, which are wide and varied — opera, ballet, musical theater; archaeology, history, currents events; and his “How To” series (e.g., How to Facebook).