Stephen Dafoe was born in Belleville, Ontario Canada in 1962 and now resides in Hinton, Alberta. Dafoe was initiated into the Masonic Fraternity in 1992, at the age of thirty - and from that day forward began to research the Craft, its history and its many inherent mysteries. This research naturally led to a study of the history and legend of the Knights Templar - a medieval order of crusaders who were exterminated by the king of France and the Pope, in 1312 - or were they? Since then he has become one of the world best known authorities on The Knights Templar. Alan Butler is a prolific writer who is just as happy writing a comedy play for BBC national and world radio as he is in working on an Elizabethan novel. However, his greatest love is and always has been history. As a child he would read book after book on archaeology, folklore, mythology, astronomy and history from around the world. Over the years he has developed a suspicion of the 'event-based' method of history teaching and a desire to investigate the 'historical undertones' that are the real motivating factors.