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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; First Edition Thus edition (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564149269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564149268
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"offers both general readers and specialists alike a remarkable source work on the famous medieval military order.  The essential guide to the people, places, events, and symbols of the order." --Letchworth's Masonic Books,  London

"...a very useful resource...the Appendices alone are worth the price of the book...I can heartily recommend this fine effort by an enthusiastic authority in Templar studies." --M. Snell, Medieval History, About.com

"... a remarkable source work on the famous medieval military order.  Scholarly and authoritative, Dr Ralls' treasury of Templar tradition is highly recommended" --Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, University of Exeter UK

"....thoroughly researched...a fascinating source of detailed knowledge and very user-friendly... highly recommended." --Kate Gooch, Editor, Avalon Magazine, UK

"...accessible...It does work together well and the bibliography is excellent...As a general reader, or to get you under way, it has much to commend it." --Stephen Andrews, The Templar Booklet, UK

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"Karen Ralls gives us the basic known facts about Templar history...If you're looking for the one indispensable book about the Knights Templar, this is it."
---Robert Ellwood, professor of Religion Emeritus, University of Southern California, in praise of The Templars and the Grail



"The Knights Templar Encyclopedia offers both general readers and specialists alike a remarkable source work on the famous medieval military order.  Scholarly and authoritative, Dr Ralls' treasury of Templar traditions is highly recommended."
---Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke,  Professor of History,  University of Exeter (UK)


Who were the medieval Knights Templar?  How is their name connected to Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem?  What does their red cross symbolize?  Why were they suddenly arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307?  What unusual relics or Grail did they harbor?

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. 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).

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Some of the definitions are fun to read.
James
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.
Alan S. Glassman
This book helped answer some question I had and this book was just very interesting.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By JE Farrow on April 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Confused about all the speculation & stories centered around the secret society known as the Knights Templar? Do you want to sort out the fact and fiction of Mary Magdalene and The Holy Grail? Find it hard to know just who to believe in all the so-called "codes" & "ancient mysteries?" Were the Templars guilty of witchcraft, Satanism & homosexuality as charged by The Church? Do you want FACTUAL history of the Templars presented in one well-written & engrossing format? Would you like a real encyclopedia of the subject that reads like an exciting novel?

Then get this book.

Inside you will find information about the history of not only the mysterious & romantic Templars, but also that of the Cathars, the journey of mystical relics, Gnostic sects & their persecution by The Church, the floor plans of the famous Rosslyn Chapel, Agnes Dei, and much, much more.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR ENCYCLOPEDIA is a gem of investigative reporting & analysis, in contrast to which other books of similiar genre should be compared. It is a fully engaging & intelligent work.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alan S. Glassman on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mara Freeman on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Dr Ralls is an engaging and reliable source of information on the subject all too prone to modern myth-making. In lively and readable prose, she leads us on the trail of the Templars via solid historical evidence that avoids the marshes of speculation. Along the way, she offers us fascinating glimpses into related windows of 12th century culture and religion, including the Holy Grail, the Black Madonna and Alchemy. An excellent resource!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By SpiritualClassicsBookReview on December 19, 2008
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I am a former catholic monk and a Zen practitioner, and as such have a particular affinity for the Knights Templar.

My general observation on this book, and Dr. Rall's other tome on the Templars "The Templars and the Grail" (I have read most everything on the subject) as well as the rest of the scholarly books out there, is that they represent the traditional view. History is written by the victors. What we have has been passed down and approved by the powers-that-be for the last 700 years. It takes someone without a PhD in history, like Piers Paul Read (whom Dr. Ralls quotes) and Gordon Napier, to buck the trend.

Dr. Ralls is a religious scholar as well as a medieval historian, and I wish she would look into the Templars mystical practice. Clearly they were more than strictly Catholics. When she mentions Beauseant, the Templars' flag, composed of equal black and white stripes, she speculates that it symbolizes their sins (black) and the purity of the Order (white). A soon to be released historical novel (I read an advance copy) clarifies this point. Grigor Fedan in THE TEMPLARS, TWO KINGS, AND A POPE says that Beauseant meant "Be Whole" in the ancient Gnosticism practiced by the Templars and most likely Jesus as well. The black and the white meant the coming together of opposites, the "marriage" the Gnostics seek. Fedan also clarifies the Templars' veneration of the Virgin Mary, which Dr. Ralls tries her best to explain, but if you look into Sophia, the Gnostics' Holy Mother, this becomes clear. Dr, Ralls describes the Croix Patte, the Templars' red cross, and she mentions that all four extremities are equal. This happens to be the Gnostic cross, and it symbolizes balance.
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History, symbolism, and historic places continue to fascinate many all over the world today. Many say visiting historical and ancient places has often greatly inspired them, or, at times, even completely changed their life in some way. Anyone can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of an ancient, historical, or sacred site and its surrounding landscape, and celebrate an era gone by. New perspectives of the past can also help us create a better world today. As we mutually step back in time to explore the history and unexpected wonders of the ancient and medieval eras, we cross the threshold...and enjoy the journey.

About the Author:

Dr Karen Ralls, medieval historian and Celtic scholar, obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, followed by six years as Postdoctoral Fellow and Sr Lecturer (Univ. of Edinburgh) and was Deputy Curator of the Rosslyn Chapel Museum Art exhibition (Scotland) before relocating to Oxford,UK, where she continues with specialized ancient and medieval historical research.

A former Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, and others, Dr Ralls completed a specialist Medieval and Renaissance Art History course at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum (London) and serves as professional Historical Advisor and consultant for selected film/media projects (Discovery, National Geographic, History Channel, etc) and for various travel, charity, museum and heritage-related organizations.

Noted for groundbreaking 12th-14th c. medieval research in particular, Karen is a conference speaker, historical and sacred sites tour guide, workshop/retreat presenter, and a musician (flute(s) and Celtic harp), interested in sharing and further exploring links between history, art, symbolism, music, and historic sites and the landscape today, i.e., at conferences, on workshops or retreats, or on a historical tour or sacred journey.

Recent books include GOTHIC CATHEDRALS: The History, Art, Places and Symbolism (Ibis/RedWheelWeiser/USA); MEDIEVAL MYSTERIES: History, Places and Symbolism (Ibis Press /RedWheelWeiser/USA); The TEMPLARS AND THE GRAIL (Quest Books), The KNIGHTS TEMPLAR ENCYCLOPEDIA (Career Press), MUSIC AND THE OTHERWORLDs (forthcoming), and five previous titles.

Join the Quest! See the Facebook Author page - Karen Ralls Author - and the website ancientquest.com

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