The Templar Trilogy - Jack Whyte
The Templar Trilogy represents the second series by author Jack Whyte (the first being his Arthurian "A Dream of Eagles" series). The Templar Trilogy is his fictional account of the rise and fall of the Templars, a military order of warrior monks that remain shrouded in mystery to this day.
In a manner analogous to the Masons, the Priory of Scion and other secret Orders through time, there is a mix of historical fact and wild speculation, much of which can't be separated to this day. Into this mix, Jack Whyte embarks on an ambitious fictional account of their remarkable rise to power and their abrupt fall.
The Templar Trilogy
The Rise and Fall of the Templars
The Templars were a Christian military order that has been shrouded in mystery, closely tied to the Priory of Scion (itself the subject of controversy as to whether or not it actually exists - or existed).
According to accounts, the Templars were warrior monks founded during the First Crusade in order to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land. Following their inception, the Templars were able to secure the King's stables as their base of operations. According to rumour, the Templars were able to undertake excavations of the Temple Mount in order to recover treasures and, more importantly, sacred treasures buried there.
According to history, the Templars rapidly gained prestige and power following the First Crusades and encountered a similarly abrupt end on the orders of the King of France, King Philip IV on Friday the thirteenth, 1307. On that day, the vast majority of the Templar Order were arrested, subsequently interrogated and tortured, with many of them subsequently burned at the stake.
As is the case throughout history, the victors write the history and so the Templars are condemned (rightly or wrongly) for "unspeakable practices". The truth may never be known, however, there are a number of interesting books which document the available information, coupled with speculation (for example, see "The Head of God" below).
Jack Whyte, true to his practice as exemplified by his Arthurian "A Dream of Eagles" series, has researched the time period into which he embedded his historical fiction. The first book essentially "documents" the rise of the Templar Order while the third book (which I eagerly intend to read) "documents" the fall of the Order.
One of the greatest unresolved questions associated with the Templars is the source of the power underlying their remarkable rise to power; the nature of their treasure and what finally became of it.
However history treats the Templars, they certainly had a lasting impact on society and remain the source of continued speculation.
Jack Whyte's historical novel based on the rise of the Knights Templar was very interesting reading. I find it a little more verbose than his Arthurian series but accept that writers styles evolve through time. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed reading the series and recommend it.
This is the second series I have read by author Jack Whyte. It, again, is a very good, well written series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I found this series to be very interesting. Others have not (according to some reviews I have read). If you have read this series, what is your opinion? Perhaps you have simply read of the Templars and wish to recommend a book to others. Let me, and others, know.
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