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The Templars and the Grail: Knights of the Quest Paperback – May 1, 2003
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"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
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--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.
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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
'Taking the Wisdom of the past... into the Future'.
Top Customer Reviews
Readers of the DA VINCI CODE will recognize the name Rosslyn (as will those living in Arlington VA which has it's own Rosslyn and is part of the original `square' created for the District of Columbia designed by Masons of old including George Washington). Rosslyn Chapel has an unique connection to the Rose Line in England and has been described as an architectural gem of medieval Scotland. Rosslyn was established by the St. Clair family who are said to have connections to the Holy Grail. The foundation stone of Rosslyn was laid on St. Matthews Day in 1446 C.E.. The chapel's orientation is east-west following the sun's ray as it fell that day-the equinox. The Chapel was damaged during the English Civil War by Cromwell's men who used the structure to stable their horses. However, it was restored by the St Clair family and currently serves as a Scottish-Episcopal church. If you plan to visit Scotland, especially Edinburgh, get this book.
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This is a very good book on the Knights Templar and their connection to the grail. I think the author is a member of a modern day Templar group. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph Johnson
I saw the author on a History Channel program. Since the Templars are an interesting subject and she seemed to know a lot, I bought her book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Al Kamieniecki
The reviews of this book seem to be mixed, so I don't know how helpful yet another one will be, but I will venture my opinion. Dr. Read morePublished 18 months ago by mehlsky
Great read on French, Italian, Ottoman empire, and European history! Very well written & worth the read. I love that it's tablet form available!!!!!!!Published on September 22, 2013 by Julia Helmenstine