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The Templar (Templars 1) [Paperback]

Dr Paul Doherty
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13 Dec 2007 Templars 1
The Templars exploded onto the public conciousness with Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE, now journey with Paul Doherty to 1095 and experience the founding of the Templar Order in all its epic and brutal detail.

1095 and crusading fervour has swept Europe. Christ’s fief of Jerusalem has been seized by the Infidels. The Frankish Knights of the West are to march east to liberate the Holy City. Hugh de Payens and Godefroi of St Omer, the soon-to-be founders of the Templar Order, and Hugh’s younger sister, Eleanor, leave the security of their homes in Burgundy, France, with a plan to join Count Raymond of Toulouse's army, and march across the known world to Jerusalem.

Follow the crusaders as they march through Europe into the glories of Byzantium and onto Syria. Witness the hardships, bloodshed and trickery on their treacherous travels to the Holy Land and know that though the crusaders' journey, and this novel, will end with their entry into the Holy City, the Crusades have yet to begin in earnest.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755338499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755338498
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-East England) in 1946. After A-levels, he went to Ushaw College in Durham for three years to study for the Catholic priesthood. In 1967, he was admitted to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. While there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul worked in Ascot, Newark and Crawley, before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School, Woodford Green, Essex, in September 1981. Trinity is a large comprehensive (1700 on roll) which teaches the full ability range, ages 11-18. The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K. and has been awarded "Outstanding" in four consecutive OFSTED inspections. All seven of Paul and Carla's children have been educated at Trinity.

Paul's other incarnation is as a novelist. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and decided to start writing about the "undergrowth of history", beginning with THE DEATH OF A KING, published in 1985. Since then, Paul has written nearly 100 books and has published a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available in several formats, including large print, audio books, and more recently e-books.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written a number of non-fiction titles, among them: ISABELLA AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF EDWARD II, a scholarly study of The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303, THE SECRET LIFE OF ELIZABETH I, and a study of the mystery surrounding the death of Alexander the Great.
Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings. A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul loves to tell stories and "bring history to life."

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The first brilliant novel in the Templar series describes the founding of the mysterious order of the Templars, and evokes the brutality and bravery of those setting out on a Crusade to free Jerusalem --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool University and and Oxford University and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in London and lives with his family in Essex.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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that is what John James Osborne said and I was reminded of that when reading Paul Doherty's "The Templar".

I am actually quite shocked that I had to say this as I am otherwise a huge fan of Paul Doherty and have more of less all of his books. But "The Templar" is unfortunately not one of them. It is terribly boring, is all over the place and does not have a great flow. It drags on and on and does not seem to get to the point. It was a real drag to finish this book. It is so non-Doherty like. I simply do not get it what possessed Doherty to write in such a way. He can do so much better as he has proved many times before. Doherty writes an awful lot and maybe he needs a little break. This is unfortunately a shocking disappointment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to standard 12 Feb 2010
I'm having a hard time reading and finishing this book. Not his best.

It just doesn't grab my interest and doesn't seem to flow at all. And Eleanor is jus a pain in the arse.

There are better books about the Templars. It's really a pity because normally Doherty is an excellent writer.

Time to get back to Brother Athelstan and Hugh Corbett, where he excels. I miss Brother Athelstan and Lord Horsecruncher.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better read a real history of the crusades 28 Aug 2008
I had a hard time finishing this book. Although the crusades (especially the first) are one of my main interests. In his appendix the author states that he based his book on Tyerman's 'A new history of the crusades'. I would recommend everyone to read Tyerman instead of Doherty. I really have the impression that Doherty made a (very) simplistic abbreviated version of the first chapters of Tyermans' masterpiece, mixed in some mystery, some love affair, et voilà, a new book.
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This is the first of the two history-based novels in Paul Doherty's Templar series. It chronicles the first crusade and the beginning of the Templars. Like the other book in the series (The Templar Magician), the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, and the Hugh Corbett mysteries, it's a great read. The hardships suffered by the crusaders are staggering and artfully portrayed, as is the founding of the Templars by Hugh de Payens. I highly recommend it.
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