Sir Percival de Lacy, an English Templar travelling through France, is caught up in the unexpected mass arrest of the Templars. Tortured until he confesses the 'truth' of the allegations against the Order, Percy manages to escape. He is given shelter by Geoffrey de Preuthune, and his grandfather, Felice. Geoffrey, himself a former Templar novice knighted by St. Louis during the Seventh Crusade, now feels compelled to protest against the trumped-up charges of heresy and perversion against the Order. Felice's feelings for the outlawed Englishman become stronger than those appropriate for a noblewoman toward a monk.
A powerful love story set in a period of political and religious turmoil, The English Templar is rich in historical detail and emotional fervour.
"I rate this book 5 of 5 stars. It is among the best historical fiction I have ever read. The setting is detailed, the daily lives of each character come alive, and the romance was delightful. I can't recommend this book highly enough . it is an excellent read."
Kara Wolf, simegen.com, July 23, 2001
"Schrader is a master at describing memorable scenes whether it is the torture of her hapless protagonist, or daily life in the early 14th century for those great and poor . The result is a novel that stays in the mind long afterwards and surely cannot fail to disturb, enchant and absorb readers."
Rachel Hyde, Myshelf.com, Oct. 12, 2001.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For those who love history and a well written novel, is an excellent. Her Templar novels, which The English Templar is a part, deals with the destruction of the Templar order. Each novel has taught me so much about the Crusades, Templars and Medieval Europe. Her books are not romanticized fiction but very realistic slices of the times they portray. Helena's stories totally involve the reader. The setting is detailed, the daily lives of each character comes alive, and the romance was delightful. One sympathizes, cheers, and is offended as the characters themselves. If you haven't read the other two novels in the series, this is not a problem as they are all standalone novels. I'd also highly recommend these books for teachers, not only for themselves, but their students. An awesome way to get a history lesson!