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July 25, 2011

Knights Templar in Oslo bombing? Paging Dan Brown

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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?

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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