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Well Up to the Usual High Standard of the Author,
This review is from: The Templar (Templars 1) (Paperback)
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. Some have safe passage but many of them will fight and die before they even see the holy city . . .
Paul Doherty can tell a good story as well as any author I know and though this book has only just been published, I can't wait for the next one in the series.