After the start to the first half of this season of Stargate, when they introduced the idea of the Holy Grail, and the Knights of King Arthur, I got back to reading some of the books I have collected over the years about the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable. My search led me to some interesting discoveries about the origin of the Knights of King Arthur and perhaps the reasoning behind bringing them into the Stargate storyline about the Ori. It seems as though some of the writers behind Stargate have at least a passing interest in the Knights Templar who have been believed to be the keepers of the Holy Grail, and who still today have a remnant of descendants who still claim to protect the Holy Grail, or Grail secrets. The writers seem to be using many elements from the true story of history, but they do tend to mix things up to suit their needs for the show.
The first thing I discovered was that the roots of the Arthurian Knights could be traced back to the year 1119 when 9 knights , on Christmas Day, formed an order to protect pilgrims who went to visit the Holy Land, and to fight against the Muslim invaders of the Holy Land. They took their vows in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and had their quarters in the palace of the king, the palace the king had made out of the al-Aqsa mosque after the Muslims had been driven out of the Holy Land. This mosque is on the south edge of the Temple Mount and was known as the Temple of Solomon.
The order was known as, 'The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Jesus Christ and the Temple of Solomon,' then, 'The Knights of the Temple of Solomon,''The Knights of the Temple,' and 'the Templars' or simply 'The Temple.'
The next thing I discovered, that I had not heard before, and that ties them into the Stargate story line, is that there was a secret order behind the Templars, known as the Prieure de Sion. To us that would be the Priory of Sion. The connection I see with Stargate is the Priors of the Ori, a prior of the Ori sounds like priori, priory. Now in history the Priory of Sion and the Templars (the forerunners of the Arthurian Knights) were the good guys, but in Stargate, the Ori and the Priors are the bad guys. One of the little mix ups the writers use to set up the show.
The Priory of Sion was the organization in the background that established and used the Templars as their military wing, the group that did all the fighting for them. In Stargate you have the Ori in the background, with the Priors going out and spreading the word of Origin, and at the end of the first half of the season it looked like they may be recruiting the Jaffa as their military wing.
Another interesting thing I came across was an early leader of the Roman Catholic church who's name was Origen. Many people of the time didn't have any liking or respect for Origen because he wanted to force his religious beliefs on everyone else - much like the Ori want to force their religion, called Origin, on everyone else. Author Piers P. Read says of him, "Origen purged the scriptures of the apocryphal Gospels and established the authenticity of the New Testament as we know it today."
You see within the show how bad a thing it is for the Ori to trick people into believing, or force them into believing - then you find out that some long ago Church leader took it upon himself to decide what, in his opinion, should and should not be included as canon in the Bible. Are the Stargate writers trying to say something here?