Roger Hamilton's Crystal Quest is a 10 day trip to France, England and Scotland, tracking the history of our modern nations from the 1215 signing of the Magna Carta through to modern times. From the Knights Templar to the French Revolution, from William Wallace and Joan of Arc, to Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon Bonaparte, we take a journey through the places and faces that transformed our medieval monarchies to our modern times.
- Crystal Quest 2014 Fight & Flight to FreedomIn 2014 we will retrace the birth of our modern nations, in France, England and Scotland.
Beginning in France... With the flight of the Knights Templar 700 years ago and execution of the last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, in 1314 ~ Today the site of Notre Dame in Paris... ...to Palais du Luxembourg, built by Marie de Medici in 1612 as Palais Medici, home to Napoleon Bonaparte and today the French Senate. From the seat of the Renaissance, Palace de Fountainbleau, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years from 1516 and Napoloeon signed his exile in 1814... ...to Mont Saint Michel, on the Normandy Coast. Named after Saint Michael, the Protector of People, it has lasted 1,300 years, ruled by both France and England. We will travel the Axe Historique, one line spanning 500 years of history from the Renaissance Art in Le Louvre, through the heart of the French Revolution, the Place de la Concorde, along the Champs Elysee, through the Arc de Triomphe, to La Defense. Our French leg ends at Reims Cathedral, where Joan of Arc saw King Charles VII coronated. Reims is also the centre of Champagne, where well visit a number of Champagne Houses. Continuing in England... We begin by visiting the Temple, the Head Quarters of the Knights Templar and the site where King John agreed to the signing of the Magna Carta, the first charter of civil liberties. From the paradoxical Tower of London, started by William the Conqueror in 1066, which was used as both a prison and vault for the Royal Jewels... ...to Westminster Abbey, a site of church, state and science. English monarchs coronation has taken place there and it is also the resting place of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. We will trace symbolism and roots of modern scientific & philosophical thinking, from Christopher Wrens design of St Pauls Cathedral to his founding of the Royal Society... ... we will see how these symbols have appeared through our interpretation of nature, humanity and enlightenment, with a visit to the 5,000 year old Stonehenge at sunset... ... and with a visit to two of the four 3,500 year old Cleopatras Needles, in London (on the Thames) and Paris, (where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed). The other two are in New York and Luxor Temple, Egypt ... and completing in Scotland A city dating back ten thousand years to 8,500 BC, Edinburgh is double the age of Paris and London. We will walk the Royal Mile, linking Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, home of Mary Queen of Scots, Lord Hamilton and today, Queen Elizabeth each Summer... ... and we end our quest in a small chapel in the heart of Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code, linking Knights Templars, Freemasonry the myths and symbols on the fights & flights to freedom. Crystal Quest 2014 Fight & Flight to FreedomDid you know? The 800th anniversary of the first step to our modern democracies is in 2015. In 1215, English Barons marched on London with the support of Scottish and French troops, forcing King John to sign the Magna Carta ~ The first charter of civil liberties. Did you know? In the 14th &15th Centuries, Nationalism grew through in Scotland and France with battles led by commoners against the ruling English Monarchy. William Wallace in Scotland and Joan of Arc in France both became folk heroes and early symbols of nationalism and liberty. Did you know? In the 16th & 17th Century, the House of Medici (who began as doctors) pioneered modern finance, ignited the European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. They became French Royalty in 1600 when Marie De Medici married King Henry IV. The future King of England, Prince William, is from the House of Medici via his mother, Princess Diana, a direct descendent of Marie De Medici. Did you know? The 18th & 19th Centuries saw the birth of our modern democracies, first with the English Civil War, French Revolution and execution of their Kings. Then the Spring of Nations in 1848 with revolutions all over Europe. Republics were created, under Oliver Cromwell in England and Scotland, and Napoleon Bonaparte in France. This led to our modern democracies, less than 200 years ago. Did you know? The French symbol of liberty, the Statue of Liberty, was designed after the Collosus of Rhodes, which was a huge statue of the Greek Sun God, Helios, holding a torch and serving as a lighthouse. The Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower). It was the worlds first crowdfunding project. 120,000 Americans raised $100,000 to build it. Crystal Quest 2014 Join us, and retrace the history of Libert, Egalit, Fraternit The Crystal Quest is a 10 day trip, from Sun 9th June to Wed 9th July. Open to all Roger Hamiltons Crystal Circle Members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place