by Dr Karen Ralls
Apr. 2007 (USA)
The Career Press,
New Jersey, USA
- Who were the medieval Knights Templar?
- How is their name connected to Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem?
- What are the symbols of the Order?
- Why were they suddenly arrested on Friday, 13th October 1307?
- Where was the famed Templars’ fortress — Castle Pilgrim?
- What American President was married in a London church that was once associated with the Knights Templar?
- What precious relic did the Knights Templar especially value — guarding it day and night?
- Why did they venerate many saints, including St Mary Magdalene?
THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR ENCYCLOPEDIA
The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events and
Symbols of the Order of the Temple
By Karen Ralls, PhD
“…..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 beyond question.”
–from the final recorded public statement by Jacques de Molay, the last Templar Grand Master, on Mar. 18, 1314, before he was led to the stake
“….Karen Ralls gives us the basic known facts about Templar history…If you’re looking for the one indispensable book about the Knights Templar, this is it.”
“…..The Knights Templar Encyclopedia offers both general readers and specialists alike a remarkable source work on the famous medieval military Order. Scholarly and authoritative, Dr. Ralls’ treasury…is highly recommended”. —Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, University of Exeter (UK)
Today, as never before, interest in the Knights Templar is growing exponentially. 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? What caused their sudden, dramatic downfall in 1307?
A first of its kind, The Knights Templar Encyclopedia presents in convenient, readable, A-to-Z format, the fascinating history behind the most famed military religious order of the Crusades — the Knights Templar. Written by Oxford-based medieval religious historian Dr Karen Ralls, this encyclopedia has hundreds of entries featuring a wealth of information on the key Templar people, places, events, symbols, organization, beliefs, relics, trials, and more. A product of some 16 years of meticulous research, this is an indispensable resource for the general reader and specialist alike who are interested in the factual history of the medieval Knights Templar (1119-1312). It includes 5 appendices, photos, list of key European medieval Templar sites, chronology, list of Grand Masters, an extensive academic bibliography, a special Recommended Reading section, and more.
Explore the fascinating world of the medieval Templars today…
Reviews and recommendations
“The Knights Templar Encyclopedia offers both general readers and specialists alike a remarkable source work on the famous medieval military order. Scholarly and authoritative, Dr Ralls’ treasury of Templar traditions is highly recommended.”
—Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Professor of History, University of Exeter (UK)
The Knights Templar Encyclopedia “offers both general readers and specialists alike a remarkable source work on the famous medieval military order. The essential guide to the people, places, events, and symbols of the order.”
—Letchworth’s Masonic Books, Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden, London
“…a very useful resource. In addition to the standard entries, Ralls includes in appendices an extensive chronology of events…list of Grand Masters, a list of popes contemporary with the order, and an explanation and listing of the charges against the Templars (this in addition to the summary of the trial of the Templars in the book itself). There is also a list of 54 sites in Europe and the Middle East associated with the Templars that you can visit. And, in addition to a bibliography, Ralls provides a selection of academic sources for librarians, teachers, and researchers, organized by topic. The appendices alone are worth the price of the book, especially for Templar enthusiasts…I can heartily recommend this fine effort by an enthusiastic authority in Templar studies.”
—M. Snell, Medieval History, About.com
“…the best on the market, written by a reliable expert and thoroughly researched…a fascinating source of detailed knowledge…very user-friendly. Whether you are a lifelong Knights Templar expert, have a mild curiosity about the subject, or simply enjoy dipping into a volume of intriguing bits of information, this book is highly recommended as a thoroughly good read.”
— K. Gooch, Editor, Avalon Magazine, UK.
“Historian Ralls has written an authoritative source book on the fascinating history behind the most famous military religious order of the Crusades — the Knights Templar…a wealth of information on the key Templar people, places, events, and more.”
—The Magical Blend, Montreal, Canada.
“…accessible…brings together a disparate number of related issues…It does work together well and the bibliography is excellent…As a general reader, or to get you under way, it has much to commend it.”
–S. Andrews, The Temple Booklet review (UK)
|Publisher:||The Career Press,
New Jersey, USA