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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755338499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755338498
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,517 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 acclaimed author Paul Doherty's new series set around the mysterious order of the Templars. The series will describe in evocative details the glorious pageant surrounding the Templars and the brutality and bravery of those serving in the Great Crusades in Palestine between 1095 and the fall of Acre in 1292.

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 By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2008
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Houston on 12 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bart Coessens on 28 Aug. 2008
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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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2007
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Paul Doherty has written several best selling mystery series including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. As well as those he has also written several novels set in Ancient Egypt. In fact if there is a more prolific author than Mr. Doherty, I have yet to find them. Amazingly his books do not seem to suffer in the slightest from the speed in which he seems to write them. I cannot honestly say that there is one one I have not enjoyed and I think over the years I have read all of them at least once. He lives in England and was and may well still be the headmaster of a school in London. Though how he finds the time to do both is beyond me.

This is the first book in a new series about the Templar Knights. In fact starting in 1095 it encompasses the founding of the Templar Order. An order that was founded to aid the safe passage of pilgrims on their journey to the holy city.

1095 and the call to arms has swept across the whole of Europe. The Crusade is just beginning, to free Jerusalem from the grasp of the infidel. The Knights of Europe are gathering for what they feel is their duty to Christ the Lord, to free the Holy Land from the non believers. Hugh de Payens and Godefroi of St. Omer are two of the knights who will soon be at the forefront of the Templar Order. Other knights from all over Europe are leaving their lands and their loved ones and making haste towards Jerusalem.

This is a story of some of the hardships they have to face on their journey and some of the wonders that they encounter along the way. Sights that they would never have seen if they had not left their own lands to fight in the cause of the Lord.
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