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Chapter Twenty-five 


 

About how Hellmantle and D'Aqs compare notes

on their task at hand in Hanoi

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They left the Continental in silence for a cluster of cafés near the Hoan Kiem Lake. On the flight to Hanoi D'Aqs had been bothered by what had been revealed at his father's apartment in Kowloon Tong. When he attended church in Hong Kong he felt different when he heard the sermon, and even how he spoke to the abbot at his mission he found himself ponder the words Hellmantle and his father had said. It was easy for him to dismiss it all as the product of an unbalanced mind, but to hear his father concur so matter-of-factly scared D'Aqs into doing some of his own research. His resistance to this revisionism caused him to spend time reading everything he could about this theory that the northern European peoples were in fact part of the Israelite nation. He did concede that it explained Britain's prolonged and tenacious efforts in Palestine during World War One, vis-à-vis Lawrence of Arabia, General Allenby and the Sykes-Picot Accord, and its behavior during World War Two doing everything in their power to save their brethren of the House of Judah so they could establish a Jewish homeland by implementing the Balfour Treaty. What he couldn't understand was why the Catholic Church for centuries had been so anti-Jewish. If the Jews were brothers of the northern European Israelites through Jacob, then why had there been constant persecution? And he wondered why this wasn't better known and promoted to the public to encourage tolerance of all peoples?

From the menu D'Aqs read a description of one of the German beers the pub offered: "Nothing like a strong, young one. This generation's ale. Spiked. Bitter. Exciting. Simply the hippest hops on tap." He placed the yellowed menu on the white tablecloth and shook his head.

"It sounds like you," said D'Aqs.

"Hey, who are you calling bitter?"

"I thought I was calling you hip." D'Aqs ordered a Hoegaarden, the same beer as Hellmantle.

"Listen, I found something out about the Great Dane and the French Foreign Legion that I think takes precedence."

"You've been doing your homework, have you?"

"Indeed."

"So have I."

"Good. Another week off work from the magazine, man! I need to make the most of it so why not brush up on those items affected, n'est-ce pas?" D'Aqs could see he was wound up from his day in Hanoi. "How much do you know about the battle?"

"To be honest, not much." This was what D'Aqs wanted to hear because of his lack of information about the French-Vietnamese wars in Indochina so he let Hellmantle unload his gunnysack. He pulled out his journal full of notes, placing his finger at a paragraph.

"As far as I can see it, the French colon was in full force over here in its prime, so when all was lost at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, it made the French even more determined to keep oil-rich Algeria in Africa during the civil war right up to when de Gaulle held the second referendum in 1963, and handed Algeria its independence. But that wasn't until the Legionnaires fractured and attempted a coup to keep their North African property, which failed and took France to the brink of civil war. That makes what happened over here ten years before all the more important.

"The French refused to cede Indochina and the Foreign Legion was behind that. As history would turn out, the day after the surrender of the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in September 1954, the Geneva Convention was established and in effect was the end of French colonial rule in what are modern-day Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. There were twelve French battalions stationed at the Legion's stronghold in Dien Bien Phu that was defending the centuries-old caravan trade route from Burma to China through northern Vietnam. After a 57-day siege of the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu, the Viet Mingh took over. And our man, the Great Dane Hellmantle, was involved in that."

"Did you ever find out how the Dane found the map?"

"That's what I wanted to tell you. From what I've heard through our society, the Great Dane found the map in an book that a fellow Legionnaire purchased from an old bookstore in Canton, in Guangzhou Province, China."

"China?"

"The story goes that the Legionnaire folded the map back into the book and paid for the book without declaring the map to the bookseller. It was due to the expertise of the Great Dane in cartography that caused this Legionnaire to bring the map to Dane to see if he knew what the map was about. He learned that the book and map had been brought to Canton by an Englishman from British India."

"India!"

"The coincidence that the map had to do with Jesus and the fact that he was part of the Desposyni made him think the map was destined to be his. Realizing the importance of his find, he told a white lie and convinced his fellow Legionnaire that the map was worthless and thus he secured it for himself. As we now know for sure, in order to ensure its safety, the Great Dane didn't tell anyone about it except for the Dutch priest van der Goodies. See the Great Dane knew from the brotherhood of the Blonde Acquitaine there had been a long-held prophecy suggesting a map existed that pointed to writings of significant religious importance. It was believed the map and writings would be found during the end of the second millennium. He was able to contact a monk at the Saint Sulpice Monastery in France about the map and learned that these journals of religious significance are said to be the secret wisdom of Jesus that will be revealed ‘at the End of Days.' The prophecy says these buried journals would ‘come clean from the mountaintops' on Jesus' birthday, roughly 2000 years after his birth."

"Jesus would be 2009 years old on March 1st, according to your dates."

"Yeah, that's what I calculated. And also Jesus was not His real name. It was Joshua."

        "Yes, in the old Hebrew. I was aware of that."

        "Nice one. "Hellmantle lit a smoke. "It is said that one of the things the original nine leaders of the First Crusade learned in Jerusalem was that there existed original journals of Joshua that had never been found. These scrolls have been subject of speculation for religious scholars and researchers for centuries but because there was never any tangible evidence, it was never fully accepted as historically valid, and certainly suppressed by Rome."

        "But from what I've recently been reading about the Crusades and chivalry and the code that these men followed," said D'Aqs, showing a new keenness, "as far as I know about the Ten Commandments of Chivalry, the first two are:

                        Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches,
and shalt observe all its directions.
                        Thou shalt defend the Church.

So isn't this going againt the code?"

"You have been doing some reading," replied Hellmantle, smiling. "But don't forget the commandment:

                        Thou shalt be everywhere and always champion of the Right
and the Good against Injustice and Evil."

"So?"

        "So could it not be argued that there has been a mistake - or a fudging - of the real message from Joshua and in the recording of The New Testament by the founders of the church, namely at the Council of Nicea. I would argue that this is one of many points of fiction of the Catholic religion that was done hundreds of years after the fact. I'm sure the Nine Worthies of the First Crusade were aware of this and thus not breaking the first two commandments of the knight's code."

"Fair enough."

"And of course it was reason for the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent Thirty Year's War that followed, where roughly one-third of the European population was killed. Is this not enough to continue on our quest for the truth? Should our insights into this possibility of another suppressed truth not be explored? Wouldn't everyone be better off knowing the real story?"

"That, my friend, is the big question. I'll mull it over as we ride, how's that?"

        "Mulling is good! So let's head to Dien Bien Phu and look for a colonial prison. And as you know, let's remember from the Code of Chivalry:

Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honor

By making the noble effort to determine if the map is fiction or not is in itself an act of honor. We are on the path towards fulfilling our destiny! Let nothing deter us in our task!" D'Aqs sat back in his chair and regarded his cousin.

"If being self-possessed," he said in reply "is being in control of yourself and doing small precise pieces towards a bigger whole, then you are indeed just that."

"No argument from me cousin. I have decided to do something and now I am going to carry it through. My religion is truth."

        The nighttime brought darkness so they bypassed their discussion about the House of Israel in order to get a good jump on the journey that began early the next day.

  

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                             
          The Family of the Bible
FIRST PART
1.       Concerning the famous Hellmantle's position, character and way of life
2.       Concerning the ingenious man's visit with his uncle Jack Grosseteste
3.       Which relates to how Hellmantle is given his first adventure
4.       About what happened to our adventurer when he goes to the Philippines
5.       In which the story of our crusader's journey begins in earnest
6.       About Hellmantle's time in the city of sin on Christmas Eve
7.       About the brave Hellmantle's success on his adventure to Baguio City worthy of happy memory
 
SECOND PART
8.       In which the courageous Hellmantle of Normandy journeys north into the Cordillera Mountain Range
9.       About what happened to Hellmantle in the mission in the mountains and the crucifixion of Jesus
10.     Concerning Hellmantle of Normandy in the land of the headhunters
11.     About the required riding techniques to reach the destination of Sagada and the church organist
12.     In which the German artist is tracked to the Shamrock Café and dangers of the northeast of Luzon Island
13.     In which Catharine is tracked to the Shamrock Café and an eery coincidence of a reoccurring dream
14.     About Hellmantle reaching the rice terraces and finding a way to the northwest
15.     About what happened to our intrepid philosopher in the middle of the Sierra Madre Mountains
16.     In which a record is given about the brave Hellmantle through uncharted territory on his trusted dirt bike
17.     Which relates to Hellmantle of Normandy reaching the northern coast and the rubble of Aparri
18.     About the final day of the motorcycle journey and discussing the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in Vigan
19.     About the sermon in Agoo Basilica and what they find at the church with the rouge bell tower
20.     Concerning the Dutch Padre and what he knows about the hidden map
21.     About the return to Manila and the coup that causes the Great Man from Normandy grief
 
THIRD PART
22.     Which brings Hellmantle of Normandy back to Hong Kong to re-evaluate the next step in his quest for truth
23.     In which their journey is related to Jack Grosseteste and a new task is set before the Man from Normandy
24.     Concerning the journey to northern Vietnam to track down the map hidden at a French prison
25.     About how Hellmantle and D'Aqs compare notes on their task at hand in Hanoi
26.     In which an account is given of the beginning of the journey of Hellmantle in Vietnam
27.     About how Hellmantle and his brave squire ride north to the place where the four rivers meet
28.     Concerning the French prison and what Hellmantle finds there
29.     Concerning the discovery of the bottle and what lies inside of it
30.     Concerning the journey to Dien Bien Phu in honor of their grandfather the Great Dane Hellmantle
31.     About what the motorcyclists see on the fields in Dien Bien Phu
32.     Concerning the motorcycling required to reach Hanoi via the other side of the Da River Valley
33.     Which tells of the final stage back to Hanoi and the discussion after their most beautiful ride
 
FOURTH PART
34.     Concerning the visit with the knowledgeable Jack Grosseteste and the sally to India
35.     Concerning the arrival and journey to Kashmir Valley
36.     In which the journey begins in earnest through the checkpoints to the foot of the Moghul Fort
37.     In which Srinagar is reached and how the houseboat was as it was hundred years ago
38.     In which Hellmantle reach their houseboat on the lake below the fort and beside the mosque
39.     In which Hellmantle sets out for the Tomb of Thome and his brother Joshua beside him
40.     Which relates to the agreeable history of the journey north to the monastery on horseback
41.     In which Hellmantle returns to Srinagar and finds the first translations of the black stones
42.     Which concerns the deciphering of the discovery at the monastery and the need to go to the Ganges River
43.     About Hellmantle of Normandy's meeting with the holy man after taking a dip in the Ganges River
44.     About Hellmantle's meeting at Jack Grossetests's place with D'Aqs and Catharine the artist from Sagada
 
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