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The Knights Templar

Robin Griffith-Jones



Price: £6.00

Publication date: 1 April 2011

Category: History

An entertaining historical guide to a legendary and mysterious order of medieval warrior knights.

The templars have been associated with everything from freemasonry to the Holy Grail, and the Shroud of Turin. Their powerful military-religious status and equally dramatic fall in the 1300s have fascinated and intrigued historians and popular myth-makers alike. The historical backdrop of the Crusades gives background to this brotherhood of knights, with detailed information on their activities and base in London in the early 1160s until the French King Philip IV turned on them in 1307.

This authoritative guide includes the medieval legends of the templars in romantic and epic literature, their doomed Crusades and dominance in Christendom, their fall from grace and disbandment by the Pope, while also reporting on this surviving sect’s secretive and unusual activities today.

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Robin Griffith-Jones is the Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple at the Temple Church, and a Senior Lecturer in Theology at King’s College London. Robin has published widely on the New Testament, and on law and religion and architectural history. His books on the New Testament and early Christendom are The Four Witnesses (2000), The Gospel According to Paul (2004), The Da Vinci Code and the Secrets of the Temple (2006), and Mary Magdalene (2008). Robin Griffith-Jones is the descendant in office of Aymeric de St Maur, Master of the Temple in England at the time of Magna Carta and close friend of William Marshal. Aymeric and William were buried side by side before the rood-screen in the Rotunda of the Temple Church in May 1219.