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The Knights Templar
October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm£10
The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors
Talk by historian Dan Jones at St Pancras Old Church
Dan Jones, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets, tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth.
The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. They were experts at channeling money across borders. They established the medieval world’s first global bank and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.
Then in 1307 the Templars fell foul of a vindictive King of France, whose lawyers built a meticulous case against them. On Friday October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and publicly humiliated.
But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources to bring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.
The Guardian wrote of his new book on the subject: “Another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist.”
Tickets £10 online or buy at the door.
St Pancras Old Church is one of the oldest places of worship in London.