Chapter 59: St. Bernarard And The Bendictine Monks
Pope Sylvester, born Gerbert d’Aurillac, known also as the Benedictine monk, was a Gnostic and heretic who encouraged and brought about great strides in science, mathematics, and architecture through his own broad- based knowledge he obtained from Arabs in Spain. 47 Pope Sylvester was famous for his knowledge of Oriental studies, the Hermetic sciences, and of course, magic. 48 Sylvester lived one hundred years before the Crusades, but he secretly hoped Europeans would one day regain Jerusalem to retake the temple treasures holding universal understanding that were hidden there. 49 This certainly testifies to the accuracy and validity of Gnostics and Manicheans successfully working their way into the Roman Church and into the Collegia to destroy Catholicism from within.
Builder guilds, then, after the fall of the Roman Empire, descended from the Roman Collegia through to the Benedictine monks, to the mystical brotherhoods formed in the twelfth century that built Chartres. In fact, the Templars were initially students of the Benedictine monks, who taught the Templars the building skills, and both (Snake) Orders, of course, always kept very close ties to each other. 50 Templars reorganized the Mason guilds in the twelfth century 51 and became patrons for the first trade guilds, which were wholly independent of the church. 52 From the twelfth century forward, Templars were heavily involved in all of the Free Craftsman trades and their organizations. 53
These specialized Masons reorganized by the Templars, who became known as the Children of Solomon, 54 were secretly instructed by St. Bernard’s Cistercian Order in the knowledge of Solomon. 55 This Jerusalem- based knowledge was brought to the Cistercians for both safekeeping and translation by the founding Templars. 56 St. Bernard’s Cistercian Order was the very same Benedictine Order that adopted the Celtic Christian Church of Scotland and Ireland, thus reuniting the parallel Benedictine Orders. Masons, builders of any sort, and clerics that belonged to the Benedictine or Templar Guilds were free to move in any country, all under the protection and laws of the Templar Order. 57
The European Notre Dame Cathedrals were all designed in the Gothic tradition, the art Gothique, or Argot, from the Langue Argot, the guardian language of the Golden Fleece, from the mystical, Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts.