STANDARD OF HONOR by Jack Whyte - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Jack Whyte.
The second novel in the thrilling historical trilogy about the rise and fall of the powerful and
mysterious Templars, from the author of the immensely popular Camulod Chronicles.
In 1187 one of the few survivors of the Battle of Hattin, young Scots Templar Alexander Sinclair,
escapes into the desert despite his wounds. Sinclair has learned about the execution of the surviving
Templars after the battle, so when he is rescued, he says nothing of his own standing among the Order
of the Temple. Sinclair is one of the Inner Sanctum of the Order-a member of the ancient Brotherhood of
Sion, a secret society within the secret society.
Two years after the battle, Sir Henry St. Clair is awakened after midnight by a visit from his liege lord,
Richard the Lionheart. King Richard is assembling an army to free the Holy Land from the grip of
Saladin and his Saracens, and he wants Sir Henry, his first and favorite teacher, to sail with him as his
master-at-arms. The old man is unwilling to go-he neither likes nor trusts Richard, having found him both
a sadist and an egomaniac. But his future, and that of his young son Andrz, a rising knight in the order,
depends on his allegiance to Richard. Sir Henry knows that Andrz worships his older cousin, Alexander
Sinclair of the Scottish branch of their family, who has been in the Holy Land for years. Alexander will
be an ally in an unfamiliar land. Sir Henry agrees to go despite serious misgivings about Richard, and
his motives for war.
From the moment the first soldiers of the Third Crusade set foot in the Holy Land, the story of the three
templars unfolds as the events of the campaign and the political and personal intrigues of the Crusade's
leaders again bring the St. Clair family-and the Order-to the edge of disaster.