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Grail Knights of North America: On the Trail of the Grail [Paperback]

Michael Bradley
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October 1, 1998 0888822030 978-0888822031

A decade ago, Michael Bradley published the Canadian bestseller, Holy Grail Across the Atlantic (Hounslow Press, 1988), presenting the astounding evidence that a European settlement in Canada had been established in Nova Scotia ninety-four years before Columbus and ninety-nine years before John Cabot. Incredibly, mediaeval documents and maps showed that this settlement had been founded by refugee Knights Templar from Scotland - knights who had been created for the sole purpose of guarding the Holy Grail. Bradley presented evidence that these Grail-believing religious refugees and their knightly protectors had been instrumental in discovering, settling, and influencing the development of New France and, later, the fledgling American Republic.

The book was automatically ridiculed by conventional North American historians, while at the same time serving as the model for European works (e.g. The Sword and the Grail by Britain's Andrew Sinclair). Michael Bradley's investigation stimulated some serious professional and academic researchers to join his quest to find further evidence of the Knights Templar in Canada and the United States.

Now, in 1998, comes the publication of the long-awaited sequel to Holy Grail Across the Atlantic - Grail Knights of North America.

Realizing from mediaeval documents that the initial Nova Scotia refuge of AD 1398 must have harboured many Grail believers, and that the secret colony must have expanded, Bradley began to trace evidence of Grail Knights from Nova Scotia, through New Brunswick to the St. Lawrence River, and on to the Great Lakes as far as Niagara, New York State, and central Pennsylvania. Evidence of their presence has been uncovered on both the Canadian and American sides of this great waterway. Bradley poses compelling questions about his discoveries, and offers plausible and provocative answers as we travel with him and his companions (both academic and amateur) along the trail of the Grail Knights of North America.

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Between the mundane and the bizarre lies the world of the possible, filled with unorthodoxies that range from the unconventional to the heretical. This is the world that Michael Bradley inhabits.

About the Author

Michael Bradley, born in the United States and now residing in Canada and France, has written seventeen books, including two novels. A former lecturer at Dalhousie University's Centre for African Studies, he has been invited to give guest lecture series at Kennedy-King College (Chicago), Yale University, The Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, Vanderbilt University, the University of Toronto, and York University (Toronto).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888822030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888822031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition... June 29, 1999
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What the author succeeds in accomplishing with "Grail Knights" is popularizing what many have known (or at least suspected) for some time. While this work will certainly be dismissed by as many critics as will welcome its "revelations" of a Templar base in Acadia and the "Grail Religion," its real significance may rest elsewhere. Primarily, in shining a spotlight on the neglected history of Atlantic Canada's medieval connections. Because of this, "Grail Knights" is a welcome addition to the library of any Mason, Templar or student of the history of Atlantic Canada or New England.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the quest for the grail comes to north america May 26, 2001
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I have been reading books about the templars and the search for the holy bloods for several years. Many of the books were filled with either geneology and much european history, all very interesting. but finally the quest arrives in my home and becomes what seems much more personal. this book is very readable and very convincing that the masons, the templars, the cathars and the founding fathers were all involved in bringing the word freedom into reality.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title, interesting tidbits, lacked an editor!!! January 31, 2005
By Adrian
Wrong title: It should have been "(My personal quest for) Grail Knights in North America", since the author is determined to tell the reader everything you never even dreamed of caring to know about the author, and his ocassional (albeit not always successful, yet determined and oh so honest effort) at trying to find some proof of his assertions.

Interesting tidbits:Some of his actual, factual, proven or otherwise independently ascertainable statements do give you food for thought, make you wonder and -why not?- even open your mind to some possibilities. But, oh brother!!!, to get to anything meaningful you have to cross the moving sands of the author's initial missgivings, which in turn lead to an unending series of "maybe, perhaps, possibly, probably, etc." caveats, all of which, suddenly and inexplicably, disappear into thin air, to be promptly replaced by firm and unequestionable assertions and statements without any inherent validity.

And finally...

Where's the editor, for God's sake's? If a book ever needed an editor, this one was it! Forget about keeping the author focused on a single subject at a time, skip the author's incessant personal ramblings, hop over his digressions... just keep the storyline on a clear direction. Is that too much to ask? I hope not. Hundreds of authors and books have managed, why not Mr. Bradley? 'cause the editor was probably fishing for gold with the Micmac indians and their blond celtic-Orkney-Scotish-Templar-Freemason-Holy Blood couterparts, that's why, of course!!!

Nonetheless, if you can circumvent the lousy style, you're bound to have an interesting read. You don't have to believe nor accept everything M. Bradley says, but it'll give you something to think about next time you start planning your Eastern Canadian vacation.

Adrian, from Mexico City.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Grail Across the Atlantic September 12, 2002
fantastic! All Nova Scotians and anyone interested with history should read this book.
I've read some of this book (a loaner)and I was quite surprised in the info related to Nova Scotia.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun But... March 16, 2005
By John
I love these kinds of books as much as I love all conspiracy theories, even though I have never found one that rings true. Most serious, professional academics dismiss easily this sort of thing for lack of evidence. Compare the Newport Tower and the knight's grave marker in Massachusetts (?).

Still, it's fun. Maybe it's true or has some truth associated with it. There is so much new archeology being done all over the world that I HOPE it's true.

Poor Mr. Bradley would like so much to be taken seriously and get the recognition he thinks he deserves. He does not have the credentials, though, and seems to have missed his opportunity to get them in the academic world.

Really, I hope someone proves him right. Living in the middle of North America -- on the Great Lakes -- this is fun stuff!
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