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From the author of the immensely popular Camulod Chronicles comes Knights of the Black and White, the first novel in an action-packed historical trilogy about the rise and fall of the Knights Templar.
Book 1 of the Templar trilogy begins in 1088 with the St. Clairs, a powerful French family of knights whose sons, on reaching manhood, join the Order, a society cloaked in mystery. The Order's network spreads throughout France, uniting many noble families in a sacred bond stronger than loyalty to king and country. Not long after his initiation into the Order, Sir Hugh is swept into the madness of the First Crusade. Horrified by the slaughter of civilians and the savagery of his fellow soldiers, Hugh is left an almost-broken man, seeking to dedicate his life to atonement and God. But just when he has begun to despair, he is reunited with fellow members of the Order, including his cousin, young Stephen St. Clair, a newly initiated knight. These knights, far from home, decide to put their military training to God's purpose‚Äîthey will become the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ‚Äîan order of monks committed to protecting pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem.
But the Order has other plans for these fighting monks. Hugh and his brother knights are charged with an outlandish and perilous task: to search for the hidden treasure of the Order, wherein they will discover the true roots of this secret society that has guided their families for generations. The treasure has been protected for thousands of years by virtue of its location deep within the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It seems like an impossible mission, but the knights are sworn to serve the Order and they must obey. Sir Hugh devises a dangerous strategy to unearth the treasure, a revelation that might destroy not only the Crusaders' kingdom of Jerusalem but also the might of the Church itself.