"Before heaven and earth and with all of you here as my witnesses....I declare,
and I must declare, that the Order is innocent. Its purity and saintliness is
--from the final recorded statement by Jacques de Molay, the last Templar
Grand Master, on March 18, 1314, before he was led to the stake.
Who were the medieval Knights Templar?
How is their name connected to Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem?
What does their red cross symbolize?
Why were they suddenly arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307?
What unusual relics or Grail did they harbor?
Today, as never before, interest in the Knights Templar is growing exponentially especially since The Da Vinci Code. But who were these powerful knights of the
Crusades? What is fact and what is fiction And how did they become the
wealthiest multinational corporation in the medieval West A first of its kind, Knights Templar Encyclopedia presents in convenien, readable, A-to-Z format, the fascinating history behind the most famous military
religious order of the Crusades--the Knights Templar. Written by leading
Templar authority and medieval historian Dr. Karen Ralls, this authoritative
sourcebook of hundreds of entries features a wealth of information on the key
Templar people, places, events, symbols, organization, daily life, beliefs,
economic empire, trial, and more.
The product of more than a decade of meticulous, scholarly research, this
indispensable resource is for the general reader and specialist alike--for
anyone, in fact, who is interested in the history and legacy of the powerful
Knights Templar (1119-1312).
Knights Templar Encyclopedia includes photos and illustrations, an extensive
bibliography, a historical time line, and a list of major European Templar sites.
About the Author
Karen Ralls, Ph.D., medieval historian, international lecturer, and media consultant, was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh for six years before continuing her specialist medieval research at Oxford. A member of the Oxford University Religious Studies Society, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the British Society for the Study of Religion (BASR), Dr. Ralls was also former deputy director of the Rosslyn Chapel Museum exhibition (1996-2001). Originally from the United States, she has frequently appeared on the History Channel and Discovery, and in National Geographic TV documentaries. The author of The Templars and the Grail and other books, she has an award-winning Website www.karenralls.com.
"If you're looking for the one indispensable book about the Knights Templar, this is it." --Robert Ellwood, professor of Religion Emeritus, University of Southern California, in praise of The Templars and the Grail