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The Templars
05 Apr 2018 * PAPERBACK * £9.99 * 9781781858929

The remarkable story of the Knights Templar – the wealthiest, most powerful and most secretive of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era.

Non Fiction / HBWC (Military History)
Extent: 512 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 2 X 8pp colour illustrations
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The Templarsby Dan Jones

Dan Jones narrates in his inimitably vivid and authoritative fashion the remarkable story of the Knights Templar.

'Exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history' TLS

'Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian who knows how to render serious scholarship into accessible prose' The Times

'Another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist' Observer

‘When it comes to rip-roaring medieval narratives, Jones has few peers, and in the Templars he finds the perfect subject' Sunday Times

The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful – and most secretive – of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era.

Their story – encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall – has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists.

Dan Jones is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer and historian, whose books have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He is the author of ten nonfiction books, including The Templars and The Plantagenets. He has written and presented more than 60 hours of TV documentaries. He has a deal with Sony Pictures International to produce a historical drama series based on Essex Dogs. Dan's award-winning journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world, and he was for ten years a columnist at the London Evening Standard. He lives near London with his family.

Bestselling author: Dan Jones's PLANTAGENETS sold 55,000 copies.

Author is brilliant at bringing medieval history to life.

Templars are a topic of perennial popular fascination.

There are no other recent history books on the Templars.

MARKET: Tom Holland, Thomas Penn.


'Exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history ... A skilful storyteller [...] he enlivens the narrative with bloodcurdling details and arresting turns of phrase ... There is also fine scholarly intuition' TLS

'Told with all Jones's usual verve and panache, this is a dramatic and gripping tale of courage and stupidity, faith and betrayal' Mail on Sunday

'Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian who knows how to render serious scholarship into accessible prose' The Times

'Another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist' Observer

'When it comes to rip-roaring medieval narratives, Jones has few peers, and in the Templars he finds the perfect subject' Sunday Times

'A fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger, featuring a cast of exuberantly monstrous sword-swingers spattering Christian and Islamic blood from Spain to Jerusalem' Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography

'The story of the Templars, the ultimate holy warriors, is an extraordinary saga of fanaticism, bravery, treachery and betrayal, and in Dan Jones they have a worthy chronicler. The Templars is a wonderful book!' Bernard Cornwall, author of The Last Kingdom

'Snappy, well-paced ... The author's ambition, he says, is to tell the story of the Templars in a straightforward way and "to write a book that will entertain as well as inform". He has done precisely that' Daily Telegraph

'Full of tales of bloodshed, bravery and betrayal, this is a passionate guide to the unstoppable rise and spectacular fall of the poster boys of the Middle Ages' The Tablet, Books of the Year

'[The Templars'] colourful story is grippingly told by the excellent Dan Jones' Mail on Sunday

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