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Knights Templar Encyclopedia: The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events, and Symbols of the Order of the Temple Paperback – April 15, 2007
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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).