A Templar tour-de-force...In this work Dr. Ralls has created an important bridge between these two extraordinary and long-lived themes. -- from the FORWARD, by John Matthews
A concise and easy-to-read survey of two richly symbolic and enduring aspects of the Middle Ages -- Renaissance Magazine (Fall 2003)
A factual history of the medieval Templar Order...Informative and readable excursion into the ever-fascinating world of quest -- Caduceus magazine (UK; June 2003)
A practical history of the Templars...this book is a 'must' for those interested in the western mysteries -- Chev. Robert Brydon, Rosslyn Chapel Museum exhibition owner and Templar archivist, Edinburgh
An open-minded look at the history, influence and mysteries of the Knights Templar...can be usefully read by anyone interested -- Freemasonry Today magazine, Summer 2003 issue
Fair, open-minded yet responsible...If you're looking for the one indispensable book about the Knights Templar, this is it. -- from the Back Cover-- by Robert Ellwood, Prof. Emeritus, Religion, University of Southern California
Fascinating!...steers a middle course between dry scholarship and extravagent speculation, with real insight into the Templar and Grail traditions. -- Scientific and Medical Network Journal, UK, 2003
From the Black Madonna...to the Ark of the Covenant..it's all in this book...Fascinating! -- Avalon Magazine, Glastonbury, Summer 2003 issue
It is quite the most readable, factual book about the Templars I have ever seen...Maj. Gen. Sir Roy Redgrave -- Knights Templar International OSMTH journal,June 2003 issue
Lays to rest some of the wilder stories about the Templars, but there are still plenty of mysterious connections left. -- Quest magazine of Magical Heritage, London, No.134, June 2003
From the Back Cover
"Fascinating! Karen Ralls steers a middle course between dry scholarship and extravagant speculation, with real insights into the Templar and the Grail traditions."
--David Lorimer, Director, Scientific and Medical Network
"...Karen Ralls gives us the basic known facts about Templar history, and also deals with the colorful speculations in a fair, open-minded, yet responsible way. 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
"A practical history of the Templars...this book is a must for those interested in the Western Mysteries." -- Robert Brydon, FSA Scot., Templar historian
Who were the mysterious medieval Knights Templar, and how can we separate fact from fiction?
How does their mythos and its meaning live on today?
Dr Karen Ralls presents the unfolding drama of the Knights Templar through time, examining the many beliefs and theories about their presumed powers and knowledge. Drawing on both academic and popular sources, she provides a solidly-researched, up-to-date perspective and includes exclusive photos from Rosslyn Chapel and its museum exhibition. The result is a riveting read and a vital contribution to Templar history and their enduring spiritual legacy.