Interview with Cameron Thorne from Cabal of the Westford Knight by David S. Brody

cabal-of-the-westford-knight-coverQ: What is the Westford Knight?

A: I live in Westford, Massachusetts, and there is a local legend that Scottish explorers island-hopped across the North Atlantic and visited Westford in 1398. While climbing one of the highest hills in eastern Massachusetts, one of their party—a knight—died. As was the custom of the time, they carved an effigy in stone to memorialize their fallen comrade. That carving is visible today in Westford and is marked by a granite plaque.

Q: Do you believe the legend?

A: Well, I’m a lawyer by trade, so I’m naturally a bit skeptical. But it turns out that numerous other artifacts and sites around New England also evidence exploration of North America a century before Columbus. There is a medieval stone tower in Newport, Rhode Island; stones with runic writing (runic is a medieval Scandinavian language still spoken in Iceland) along the Maine coast and in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay; a boulder with a map of the Merrimack River and New Hampshire’s lakes carved on it in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts; and stone carvings up and down the coastline of medieval sailing ships.

Plus there’s another rune stone in Minnesota dated 1362 that has been scientifically proven to predate the earliest European settlers. And Native American oral history speaks of “fire-haired” men arriving from the east in the late 1300s on “one-winged gulls,” which is a vivid description of a sailing ship cresting over the horizon.

Q: So why do so few people know about this?

A: There seems to be an institutional resistance to revisiting the whole Christopher Columbus thing. In fact, the so-called professionals had to be dragged kicking and screaming up to Newfoundland in the 1970s by amateur archeologists before they were willing to acknowledge the Viking presence in North American in the early 11th century.

But there are almost 500 years between the Vikings and Columbus—did Europeans forget how to sail during that period? It never made sense to me that exploration of North America just stopped for almost five centuries.

Q: But archeologists tend to insist on seeing evidence. What do you say to them?

A: Well, first of all, the artifacts themselves are evidence. If you study them, they tell a clear, consistent story. For example, mortar from the Newport Tower was recently carbon-dated to the early 1400s. And the usage, grammar and syntax of the runic writing is medieval.

The archeologists like to point out that nobody has found any tools or pottery shards or other evidence of settlement. But the reality is that nobody has really looked. More to the point, these explorers were not settlers—they did not set up a village and stay for years at a time. They would have been constantly on the move. And they would have taken their tools with them, not discarded them haphazardly along the sides of the trails.

Q: So why do you think these explorers were here?

A: They were led by Prince Henry Sinclair, who was chief of a clan long associated with the Knights Templar. In fact, many believe that when the Templars were outlawed in 1307 that their fleet, laden with their treasures, escaped to Roslyn Castle in Scotland, home of the Sinclair clan. In addition, there are some historians in Europe who believe that the Templars were practicing an alternative version of Christianity, one that rejected the strict patriarchy of the medieval Church.

So I believe Prince Henry was coming to America for two reasons: 1) to hide the Templar treasure and keep it away from the Church; and 2) to eventually settle in the New World and create a new version of Christianity that incorporated many of the old pagan practices of worshiping the feminine aspects of the Godhead—in other words, the worship of Mother Nature.

Q: You mentioned Roslyn Castle. Isn’t that talked about in The Da Vinci Code?

A: Yes. As a matter of fact, Prince Henry’s Sinclair clan is named in the The Da Vinci Code as carrying the bloodline of Jesus. Those who believe Mary Magdalene gave birth to Jesus’ baby generally believe that the Sinclairs are the descendants of this child.

Q: Wow. A secret history of North America, the Knights Templar, the Jesus bloodline, hidden treasures, paganism within the Church. This would make quite a novel.

A: I agree. Somebody really should write it!


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Posted on May 5, 2009, in Character Interview. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is really fascinating – I admit history was one of my least favorite subject in school but the older I get the more I love it!

  2. It does sound fascinating. I’ve got this book in my TBR pile. I can’t wait to read it.


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