A hard day’s knight
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