The Templars: The Legend and Legacy of the Warriors of God (Paperback)
Shrouded in myth and conspiracy, the history of the Knights Templar is little understood. Geordie Torr pulls fact from fiction, revealing the astonishing tale of this military-religious order that dominated the politics of the medieval Middle East.Initially created to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land in the wake of the First Crusade, the Templars soon became an institution of incredible power, possessing wealth and influence throughout the courts of Europe. Yet just two centuries later they dramatically fell as its members were accused of heresy and burned at the stake. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the wars between Christians and Muslims, this illustrated book brings to life the legacy of this secretive order and the characters who defined the era.
After studying at the University of Sydney and James Cook University, Geordie Torr worked on Australian Geographic, National Geographic Traveller Australia/New Zealand and was the editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, for eight years. He lives in the south of England with his family.