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Knights Templar Encyclopedia: The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events, and Symbols of the Order of the Temple


Knights Templar Encyclopedia: The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events, and Symbols of the Order of the Temple

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    Available in PDF Format | Knights Templar Encyclopedia: The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events, and Symbols of the Order of the Temple.pdf | English
    Karen Ralls(Author)
Today, as never before, interest in the Knights Templar is growing exponentially, especially since The Da Vinci Code. But who were these powerful knights of the Crusades? What is fact and what is fiction? And how did they become the wealthiest multinational corporation in the medieval West? A first of its kind, Knights Templar Encyclopedia presents in convenient, readable, A-to-Z format, the fascinating history behind the most famous military religious order of the Crusades--the Knights Templar. Written by leading Templar authority and medieval historian Dr. Karen Ralls, this authoritative sourcebook of hundreds of entries features a wealth of information on the key Templar people, places, events, symbols, organization, daily life, beliefs, economic empire, trial, and more. The product of more than a decade of meticulous, scholarly research, this indispensable resource is for the general reader and specialist alike--for anyone, in fact, who is interested in the history and legacy of the powerful Knights Templar (1119-1312). Knights Templar Encyclopedia includes photos and illustrations, an extensive bibliography, a historical time line, and a list of major European Templar sites.

"If you're looking for the one indispensable book about the Knights Templar, this is it." -- Robert Ellwood"Before heaven and earth and with all of you here as my witnesses....I declare, and I must declare, that the Order is innocent. Its purity and saintliness is beyond question." -- Jacques de Molay

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Karen Ralls(Author)
  • Career Press; First Edition edition (31 May 2007)
  • English
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  • By David Girling on 28 December 2013

    The Authoress has also written a book about the Knights Templar - as of course have many others.I do wonder if this Encyclopedia is based on her notes for the book, which would seem logical in the circumstances; or whether this slim volume was produced as a result of her endeavours whilst writing that book. I bought it as a present for a relative who is presently crafting a story involving the Knights Templar and I hope this Encyclopedia will be both of interest and a resource. DJG

  • By nacht on 5 April 2017

    If you know nothing about Templar you might enjoy dipping in and out of this volume. Given the richness of the temple legends it's a bit of a miserly book. Definitely not encyclopaedic. Not awful in any sense - just not good.

  • By James Macdonald on 21 March 2017

    Good piece of research in this book. Excellent for me and my research into the Knits Templar. I am well pleased with the contents and price of this item.

  • By Alan S. Glassman on 22 June 2011

    When Dr. Ralls asked me to submit a few of my past photos for inclusion in her latest book, I had no idea she was working on an encyclopedia of the Knights Templar. However, I was delighted to see and read the final product of her research. It is at once both an excellent reference about the Knights and an easily readable narrative of who they were, their historical activities, places, and symbols.While I first found myself reading the book from cover to cover, I now use it to look up specific subjects relating to the Templars. I find the guide very thorough for that purpose, and, as an experienced traveler, I find especially valuable Appendix E, the Selected List of Templar Sites. While Dr. Ralls' Bibliography is quite complete, as an avid researcher I particularly appreciate her inclusion of a section on Recommended Reading of books and articles organized by subject.Karen Ralls is no stranger to the study of the Order of the Temple. When I decided to travel 4 years ago to England, Scotland, and France to study the sacred architecture for which the Knights are responsible, I was told to contact Dr. Ralls. I found she had not only been past deputy director of the Rosslyn Chapel Museum exhibition, but that she had been lecturing on medieval history at Oxford University. And, that's where I met up with her.Also being a stickler for accuracy and details, Karen and I talked the same language. I got many good tips from her on where to concentrate my efforts in my own search, and I subsequently enjoyed reading her book The Templars and the Grail. Keep in mind that all this was before the arrival of the Da Vinci Code novel and movie. Dr. Ralls put me way ahead of the game, so to speak, and was instrumental in encouraging me to follow through on my lecture circuit about the meanings behind the art, architecture, and symbols of the Templars.The Knights Templar Encyclopedia is a fitting culmination of many years of scholarly work by a fine academic historian. As I have, I think you will find it an enjoyable read as well as a stepping stone to your own further quest for knowledge about the mystical Knights of the Temple.While this book is a milestone in the efforts of Dr. Ralls, we certainly know it will be followed by many other significant contributions from her in this field of study.

  • By donna everitt on 29 November 2012

    i would definately recommend this book to anyone that is interested on this subject there are some amazing facts and the dates and reference to great

  • By M.C. on 17 June 2012

    Very good for finding information, not a read cover to cover book. This is used by me for research and is good for that. It's not a book to read but to dip into for gaining information for research.

  • By Guest on 15 April 2013

    This product is not worth the money.Nothing more than a base line book and should never be described as an encyclopedia.There is much more on the internet for free.Sorry not impressed.

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