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In the same year that Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code launched the Knights Templars into modern popular culture, the Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2003 revival of a little-known German play of 1779 offered a somewhat more nuanced reading of the Templars’ place in Crusading history As the world awaits the September publication of Dan Brown’s third blockbuster, The Lost Symbol, an unlikely theatrical impresario, the Quaker Committee on Christian and Interfaith Relationships (QCCIR), had the bright idea of offering Yearly Meeting Gathering a rehearsed play-reading of Gotthold Lessing’s insights into religious toleration
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