Knights Templar in Oslo bombing? Paging Dan Brown
The investigation into last week's tragic bombing and shootings in Norway has taken an odd turn, as authorities probe a connection to right-wing radicals called the Knights Templar -- a name familiar to Dan Brown fans. In The Da Vinci Code, Brown's blockbuster novel, the order is crucial to uncovering and guarding a secret that could bring down the Catholic Church.
The Knights were an order that protected pilgrims headed to the Holy Land, and fought to win the land for the Christian faith. (They came to a bad end in the 14th Century -- torture and capital punishment -- after their power grew and threatened the establisment.)
Brown's more intriguing description of the Knights' mission has been "debunked" by many. But hey, it makes a great story. And Brown wasn't writing a textbook, was he?