Katherine Kurtz has collected eleven original stories based on the legendary Knights Templar in a book that serves as a sequel to her earlier collection, Tales of the Knights Templar. The stories, written by such authors as Andre Norton, Diane Duane and Kurtz herself, are separated by interludes that chronicle the actual history of the Templars and that also set the background for each successive tale. As with most collections, the stories vary widely from about average to pretty good. What's most compelling here is the Templars themselves, a mysterious order of knights founded in the late 11th century, ostensibly to protect pilgrims in and around Jerusalem. But the Templars grew to become one of the most powerful political and religious orders in the world, only to be brought down by a jealous King Philip IV of France. In the aftermath of their destruction, tales and legends that persist today sprang up around the Templars, creating fertile ground for Kurtz's band of imaginative storytellers.|
Source: Craig Engler, Amazon.com.
An elite order of warrior-priests forged in the terror of the Crusades, the Knights Templar amassed knowledge and wealth enough to challenge the power of kings and popes. Seven hundred years after they were betrayed, mystery and wonder still surround the Templars' history. What mystic forces did they conquer in the Holy Land? How did their fleet vanish-and where did it go? What treasures did the fugitive Knights bear into the Unknown? And are the Templars part of the past-or are they still among us, shadowy magicians working their will on the world? SECRETS OF THE TEMPLARS Continuing the explorations of her acclaimed collection Tales of the Knights Templar, Katherine Kurtz, author of the classic Deryni series, presents eleven original stories that further delve into the myths of the holy fraternity. While the truth behind the Templars may never be fully known, their legends will never die. THE CRUSADE ETERNAL TRIPOLI "Blank Check," by Diane Duane: A Templar's faith-and the Temple's future-will be tested by a mystery woman's improbable demand... ACRE "The Company of Three," by Deborah Turner Harris and Robert J. Harris: A young Knight must decide if a gruesome supernatural relic is the Templars' most sacred treasure-or the cause of their damnation... AVIGNON "Occam's Razor," by Robert Reginald: A famed Franciscan logician must discover whether Pope Clement and King Philip were murdered-or cursed... THE NEW WORLD "Stonish Men," by Andre Norton: Pursued by brigands, two settlers discover a gift from the past-and a link to Eternity... POUGHKEEPSIE "Selling the Devil," by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald: The "satanic ritual" was bogus-but now something is butchering the participants!