A hard day’s knight

History Revealed - - FROM THE EDITOR - Paul McGuin­ness Edi­tor

There’s some­thing about the Tem­plars. Un­like any of the other or­ders of holy knights of the cru­sades, the Tem­plars are seen as heroic, ro­man­tic heroes, fight­ing the good fight, sac­ri­fic­ing ev­ery­thing in the ser­vice of good against evil. They ap­pear in ev­ery­thing from best­selling nov­els to movies and com­puter games. But how much of their leg­end is based in re­al­ity? Dan Jones sep­a­rates fact from fic­tion for us in our cover fea­ture this is­sue ( p28 , and finds that the for­mer is even more of a grip­ping yarn than the lat­ter. An­other or­gan­i­sa­tion with a slightly more re­cent claim to hero­ism is cel­e­brat­ing its cen­te­nary this year, and so we’ve turned the clock back to mark its finest hour. With­out the RAF’s hero­ics dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain ( p38 , it’s hard to imag­ine how dif­fer­ent a world we would be liv­ing in to­day. An­other an­niver­sary we’re re­mem­ber­ing this is­sue is 50 years since Martin Luther King was gunned down in Mem­phis. The echoes of that shot still ring out to­day. We cel­e­brate his life from page 59. En­joy the is­sue – do write in to tell us what you think of it!

The Tem­plars were founded to pro­tect Chris­tian pil­grims to Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem

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