The Last of the Templars

Following the fall of Acre in 1291 and the reconquest of the Holy Land by the Moslems, the last survivors of the Order of the Temple flee the Middle East for Europe Among the refugees is Beltran, a native of the Holy Land, who struggles to keep the faith as his companions loyalties waver This book has an alternate title of Beltran in Exile.
The Last of the Templars Following the fall of Acre in and the reconquest of the Holy Land by the Moslems the last survivors of the Order of the Temple flee the Middle East for Europe Among the refugees is Beltran a na

  • Title: The Last of the Templars
  • Author: WilliamWatson
  • ISBN: 9781860464119
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Last of the Templars”

    1. Enjoyed this perhaps the most of medieval novels I've read. After the final defeat of the Crusaders at Acre in 1291, Beltran, a Templar, Treasurer of the Order and Keeper of the Rule, brings their treasure out of the Holy Land and keeps it with him. He and other faithful Templars journey to several islands in the Mediterranean [Cyprus, Crete, Ruad] for years, then arrive in France, travelling up the Rhône to give it over to headquarters. The Templar Order is condemned as heretical, destroyed th [...]

    2. [Update: read a second time in May/June 2017. Superlative!]Superb. If more historical fiction had such flawless literary sensibility, I'd be a true fan of the genre. The story begins in 1291 as the last remnant of Templar knights are retreating from the Holy Land. In a moment of crisis, a new Grand Master is elected who has dreams of rescuing the Order's treasury and mounting a new Crusade. But this is nothing more than a dream, and Europe itself is no longer a safe place for the Templars. The b [...]

    3. Reading this the second time, I am even more impressed by what the author has done here and found the story deeply moving. I had just finished the non-fiction "God's Armies" that covered the entire history of the crusades, which gave me even more context for the story and its devout but suffering protagonist. As I said in my first review, "I have rarely read something that is able to get inside the head of someone whose views of life and the world are so completely different from most of us toda [...]

    4. Perhaps nobody has written on the Crusades like this since Tasso. And if Tasso is known for a gallows poetry, if he wallows in the terror and the pity, in his footsteps W.W.

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