Dan Jones launches The Templars


Dan Jones launches The Templars

The launch of Dan Jones’s The Templars, a history of the most powerful military order of the Middle Ages, was celebrated on September 7 at One Great George Street in Westminster. Among the guests, were Helen Castor, Peter Frankopan, Earl Spencer, and Dan Snow.  Also present were producer Dominic Minghella and actor Simon Merrells, who plays a lead role in Knightfall, a 10 part television series which chronicles the fall of the Knights Templar.  Jones has worked as historical consultant on the series, which due for release later this year. 

The guests included a number of other leading historians, soon to be published by Head of Zeus.  Paul Lay, editor of History Today magazine, is writing Providence Lost:The Decline and Fall of Cromwell’s Republic for publication in August 2018. It  tells the story of England’s sole experiment with republican government in one of the most important but least-known periods in our history.

Dan Jones with agent Georgina Capel, HoZ Chairman Anthony Cheetham,

and parents Lynne and Andrew Jones

Lauren Johnson is at work on The Shadow King, a life of Henry VI, the luckless  monarch who inherited two crowns and lost both in the turbulence of the Hundred Years’ War and the Wars of the Roses. This will be published in December 2018. David Olusoga, one of the presenters on the BBC’s forthcoming Civilisation,  will publish The Abolition of Slavery with HoZ in 2019; and Suzannah Lipscomb, Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Roehampton,  is working on Six Queens, her take on Henry VIII’s wives, for publication in August 2020.   

Dan Jones 

Dan Jones said: ‘I am completely thrilled that so many illustrious historians, actors, broadcasters and politicians took the time to celebrate the launch of my new book. I’m proud of The Templars, and grateful to all at Head of Zeus for publishing such a handsome volume with their customary enthusiasm and energy. I also very much look forward to meeting booksellers and readers across the UK between now and Christmas, and to making Templars the must-read history title for 2017.’   HoZ Chairman Anthony Cheetham added: ‘Dan is a true scholar and a magnificent storyteller, and there are few stories that can match the colour, the drama and the scope of the templars.’

Dan Jones will be undertaking a tour of UK bookshops and festivals in the Autumn as part of the promotion for The Templars, which has already received excellent reviews and gone back to press twice before publication for a total of 15,000 copies.