The truth behind the mysterious medieval order of the Templars
The story of the Order of the Knights Templar is the stuff of epic romance. In the year 1119, the Templars found their calling as protectors of the faithful on a dangerous pilgrimage to newly conquered Jerusalem. Appearing as saviours on horseback, these noblemen spawned stories that formed the basis of Arthurian legend.
But their arrogance, wealth and secrecy made the Templars a target for hatred and violence. Today, many myths surround this ancient order and it is portrayed as everything form a Masonic society to the keeper of the Holy Grail. But just who were the Templars?
Were they devout knights or secret heretics?
Is there a connection between the Templars and the Friday the thirteenth?
Did they leave behind a fantastic treasure – hidden to this day?
How did they come to be associated with the Holy Grail?
Did they come to America before the time of Columbus?
Does the order still exist?
In The Real History Behind the Templars, historian Sharan Newman elucidates the mysteries and misconceptions surrounding the Templars, from their founding and the part they played in the Crusades, to more modern intrigues and their role in popular culture including The Da Vinci Code and the Indian Jones films.