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The Templars and the Grail: Knights of the Quest Paperback – May 1, 2003
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"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
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"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.
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I am not one of those people who ascribe to the Templars all kinds of arcane roles in history, but I had hoped her scholarship would have yielded some interesting insights.
Well the book starts off well enough, provides informatin on the origination of the order, etc. I enjoyed getting a better understanding of the undoings of the order, the role Pope Clement and King Philip played into it and how other countries were not so eager.
However, many times while reading the book I found it plodding and not flowing well. I suppose I just didn't like the writing style as much as other books. The author cites a lot of books in her writing and many times execerpts from those books are included. If you are looking for other books to read regarding the Templars this book recommends many!
It got the point towards the end that I only finished the book because I started it. There are so many theories, random speculation and the like that the material in the book started to just melt together.
The best parts to the book in my opinion is the informationa about the creation and the "downfall" of the order. I also liked reading about how the Templars operated and were viewed/treated in the different ccuntries/locations they were in. For instance Templars in England had a much better go of things than in Spain towards the end.