"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 Knights Templar? And how did they become the wealthiest multinational corporation in the medieval West? These powerful crusaders of the late Middle Ages remain a source of fascination for their mysterious ways and their far-reaching influence. The knights of the Order of the Temple were not only warriors, but also diplomats, international banking experts, advisors to popes and kings, and much more.
Written by leading Templar authority and medieval historian Dr. Karen Ralls, Knights Templar Encyclopedia presents the history of the Order of the Temple in an accessible A-to-Z format. This authoritative sourcebook features a wealth of information on the key Templar people, places, events, symbols, organization, daily life, beliefs, economic empire, trial, and more. It includes photos and illustrations, an extensive bibliography, a historical timeline, and a list of major European Templar sites. The product of more than 16 years of meticulous, scholarly research, 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).