The twin terrorist attacks that shook the world and natives of the Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy of Norway on July 22, 2011is regarded as the most horrific massacre the country had witnessed since the Second World War.
The first blast that rocked Regjeringskvartalet or the executive government quarters of Oslo left over 7 dead and many injured. In less than two hours after the first attack, the second carnage occurred at a youth camp on the island of Utoya.
The attacker identified as Anders Behring Breivik was arrested in Utoya and has claimed the responsibility for both the shootings.
A 1500 page long manifesto detailing the horrendous attacks has aided in charting out the gruesome picture of the self-admitted perpetrator.
Published on the day of the attacks under the pseudonym Andrew Berwickm, the manifesto titled "2083 - A European Declaration of Independence" gives an insight of the mind of a Christian fundamentalist and extremist.
However, what puzzles the most is Breivik's claim of the re-establishment of the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple - a group who purpose was to implement a "cultural conservative political agenda" by taking over the military and political controls of certain European nations in the western zone.
Since the Middle Ages, the Templars have always been associated with legends and mysteries and there have been frequent references of the Order in fictional novels like The Da Vinci Code and Ivanhoe.
The Order was officially installed during the 1120s by the Catholic Church and gradually became a favored charity managing large economic infrastructures throughout Christendom. But, during 1307, owing to rumor-induced mistrust, many of the Templars were arrested by the soldiers of King Philip IV of France who were interested in the Order's funds. They were finally tortured into false confessions and burnt at the stake.
The chilling accounts of Breivik claim that in 2002, he met eight other extremists from across Europe in London where they planned for the re-enactment of the Order of the Temple. It also lays out elaborate details about the Order's uniform system and an intricate badge.
Besides this, the document also mentions how the knight's tombstones should be constructed and what should be mentioned over the tombstones.