The Last Of The Templars

The Last Of The Templars In the chaotic aftermath of the fall of Acre in and the reconquest of the Holy Land by the Moslems the last survivors of the Order of the Temple make their bloody retreat from the Middle East Lo

  • Title: The Last Of The Templars
  • Author: WilliamWatson
  • ISBN: 9780002710213
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the chaotic aftermath of the fall of Acre in 1291 and the reconquest of the Holy Land by the Moslems, the last survivors of the Order of the Temple make their bloody retreat from the Middle East Loading the treasure of their Order into a decrepit, leaky vessel, they set sail for Europe, where, unbeknownst to them, King Philip of France plots their destruction.Among theIn the chaotic aftermath of the fall of Acre in 1291 and the reconquest of the Holy Land by the Moslems, the last survivors of the Order of the Temple make their bloody retreat from the Middle East Loading the treasure of their Order into a decrepit, leaky vessel, they set sail for Europe, where, unbeknownst to them, King Philip of France plots their destruction.Among their number is Beltran, a native of the Holy Land, who has led the life of a soldier monk for the past thirty years World weary yet incorruptible, Beltran is guardian both of the treasure and the Rule of the Order As his companions loyalties waver, he struggles to keep the faith, only to witness the end of the Order as the Templars are thrown to the Inquisition and their Grand Master burned at the stake.

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    1. Enjoyed this perhaps the most of medieval novels I've read. After the final defeat of the Crusaders at Acre in 1291, Beltran, a Templar, Treasurer of the Order and Keeper of the Rule, brings their treasure out of the Holy Land and keeps it with him. He and other faithful Templars journey to several islands in the Mediterranean [Cyprus, Crete, Ruad] for years, then arrive in France, travelling up the Rh├┤ne to give it over to headquarters. The Templar Order is condemned as heretical, destroyed th [...]

    2. [Update: read a second time in May/June 2017. Superlative!]Superb. If more historical fiction had such flawless literary sensibility, I'd be a true fan of the genre. The story begins in 1291 as the last remnant of Templar knights are retreating from the Holy Land. In a moment of crisis, a new Grand Master is elected who has dreams of rescuing the Order's treasury and mounting a new Crusade. But this is nothing more than a dream, and Europe itself is no longer a safe place for the Templars. The b [...]

    3. Reading this the second time, I am even more impressed by what the author has done here and found the story deeply moving. I had just finished the non-fiction "God's Armies" that covered the entire history of the crusades, which gave me even more context for the story and its devout but suffering protagonist. As I said in my first review, "I have rarely read something that is able to get inside the head of someone whose views of life and the world are so completely different from most of us toda [...]

    4. Perhaps nobody has written on the Crusades like this since Tasso. And if Tasso is known for a gallows poetry, if he wallows in the terror and the pity, in his footsteps W.W.

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