Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order

Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order

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By (author) S. J. Hodge

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 276mm x 27mm | 1,186g
  • Publication date: 29 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1782062718
  • ISBN 13: 9781782062714
  • Sales rank: 206,478

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The Knights Templar are one of the most secretive and powerful religious orders in history: for over two centuries they were the elite fighting force of the Crusades. Highly trained, and adhering to a strict chivalric code, their success on the battlefield brought them both wealth and political influence. But it is the legends and secrecy surrounding the order and its Grand Masters that continue to fascinate historians and general readers alike. Secrets of the Knights Templar examines each of these mysteries in turn to reveal the truth about the Knights' secret practices, rituals and codes, as well as the continued influence of the Templars today. From the true location of the Holy Grail to the Templars' involvement in the Battle of Bannockburn, and from the sudden downfall of the order to modern-day claims of descent - S. J. Hodge uncovers the hidden links behind the stories and separates historical fact from fiction.

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S.J. Hodge has an MA in the History of Art by Research from Birkbeck, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has written over 60 non-fiction books, mainly on history and art-related subjects, including Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained, 50 Art Ideas You Really Need to Know, Gustav Klimt, Medieval Europe, British Castles and The Forbidden City.

Table of contents

The Origins of the Order. Holy War. The Temple of Solomon. The Guardians. Sacred Defence. Shifting Sands. The Descent. The Myths. An Enigma of History. List of Grand Masters. Timeline. Index.