The Knights Templar exist in the modern day in organizations who can easily be found on the web. These contemporary groups have reclaimed the legacy of the historic Knights Templar as their own. This persona is publicly portrayed on their websites and constructed using understood symbols and concepts of the past. This construction also seeks to connect the modern to the historical for prestige and legitimacy, to make the persona concrete. This process is understood primarily through the theories of Eric Hobsbawm and Victor Turner, and illuminated with content analysis upon a selection of webpages.


Frese, Pamela

Second Advisor

Hettinger, Madonna


Sociology and Anthropology; History

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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