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Wed
Oct 11 2017 12:00pm

The Knights Templar Through History

My word is my bond

That might sound like a modern expression, but it’s actually derived from the banking activities of perhaps the most mysterious and secretive organization that has ever existed: the Knights Templar.

The order was formed sometime around 1118 in Jerusalem, ostensibly to protect Christian pilgrims on the roads of the Holy Land—though how only nine knights could have achieved this is unclear. Its last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, was burned alive at the stake in 1314. But during those two centuries, the Templars rose from obscurity to dominate life in medieval Europe. In the process, they became far wealthier than most of the states they counted as their clients and invented the essentials of the modern banking system.

But can their shadowy influence be seen or felt today?

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Mon
Oct 2 2017 9:00am
Excerpt

James Becker Excerpt: The Templar Brotherhood

James Becker

The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker is the third book in the Lost Treasure of the Templars series—a breakneck thriller that whisks readers into the shadowy secret chambers of the Knights Templar (available October 3, 2017).

Having barely escaped the crosshairs of a deadly cult, Robin Jessop and David Mallory crisscross Europe, seeking to unlock the truth behind a conspiracy unresolved for seven hundred years—the mystery of what has given the enigmatic Templars their unwavering power.

Infiltrating the group’s vast archives, Jessop and Mallory make a startling find. An ancient Templar passport hints at a sacred mission: the transportation of a priceless treasure, an artifact of incomprehensible value. Delving through centuries of clues and deception, the two come face-to-face with a secret that could shake Christendom to its core—and cost their own lives along the way. 

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