The Templars and the Grail: Knights of the Quest

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Quest Books, May 1, 2003 - History - 280 pages
Why do the powerful medieval Knights Templar, the famed warriors of the Crusades, still intrigue many today? A secret society long shrouded in mystery, the Templars were believed to conduct mystical rituals, to guard the Holy Grail, and to possess the priceless treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem. Did they bring their treasure to North America, as some legends say? This definitive work about the Templars and their presumed hidden knowledge addresses many such fascinating questions, with rare photos from the Rosslyn Chapel Museum (Scotland) included.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
WARRIORMONKS OF THE MIDDLE AGES
9
ORIGINS OF THE ORDER
29
ORGANIZATION AND BELIEFS
51
THE DOWNFALL OF THE ORDER
75
THE CHIVALRIC VISION
123
A MYTHOS IN THE MAKING
141
WISDOM IN STONE
175
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
205
GRAND MASTERS OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
211
Notes
227
Bibliography
241
Index
253
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Karen Ralls, Ph.D., medieval historian, international lecturer, and media consultant, was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh for six years before continuing her specialist medieval research at Oxford. A member of the Oxford University Religious Studies Society, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the British Society for the Study of Religion (BASR), Dr. Ralls was also former deputy director of the Rosslyn Chapel Museum exhibition (1996-2001). Originally from the United States, she has frequently appeared on the History Channel and Discovery, and in National Geographic TV documentaries. The author of The Templars and the Grail and other books, she has an award-winning Website www.karenralls.com.

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