The Tem­plars by Dan Jones

Cour­tesy of Knight­fall, you can dis­cover the se­cret his­tory of the Cru­sade’s most fa­mous brother­hood


The Knights Tem­plar were the most pow­er­ful and wealthy mil­i­tary or­ders to come out of the Cru­sades. Orig­i­nally founded around 1120 to pro­tect Chris­tian pil­grims in the Holy Land, th­ese war­rior monks even­tu­ally as­sumed greater power in the re­gion. While the broth­ers per­son­ally swore an oath of poverty, by the mid-12th cen­tury the or­der it­self had grown rich, even serv­ing as a bank to kings. How­ever, their wealth, in­flu­ence and ex­ten­sive land­hold­ings even­tu­ally bred re­sent­ment. Fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of blas­phemy, on Fri­day 13 Oc­to­ber 1307, King Philip IV or­dered the ar­rest of ev­ery Tem­plar in France. This be­gan the de­struc­tion of the or­der, with Tem­plars per­se­cuted across Europe, their lands seized and their last grand mas­ter, Jac­ques de Mo­lay, burned at the stake.

The Knights Tem­plar have been re­cently brought back to life for Knight­fall, a new drama on His­tory UK. The show goes deep into the clan­des­tine world of the leg­endary brother­hood, from their bat­tles in the Holy Land to their tragic dis­so­lu­tion.

To en­sure fac­tual ac­cu­racy, pop­u­lar Bri­tish his­to­rian Dan Jones served as a con­sul­tant on the show. Per­haps bet­ter known as a TV pre­sen­ter for doc­u­men­taries, Jones is also the au­thor of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed best­seller The Tem­plars: The Rise and Spec­tac­u­lar Fall of God’s Holy Warriors, pub­lished by Head of Zeus.

Thanks to Knight­fall, we have five copies of Dan Jones’s The Tem­plars to give away. For a chance to win, just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion.

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