Part III of the Templar Trilogy
Reprinted March 2007
In the early hours of Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, soldiers acting on orders from King Philip IV of France seized all Templar properties and arrested all the Kinights Templar within his kingdom. Although King Philip's arrests were in clear violation of the Pope's prerogatives, Pope Clement V failed to oppose or even vigorously protest against the arrest of clergy ostensibly subject only to himself.
Sir Percival "Percy" de Lacy is an English Templar trapped in France when Philip IV strikes at the Knights Templar. Imprisoned and tortured into a false confession, Percy learns the depths of human degradation and despair. But seeking only his death, Percy falls instead into the hands of two people determined to save him: Geoffrey de Preuthune, the Cypriot Knight, and his granddaughter, Félice.
Percy's rescue from the hands of the Inquisition is, however, only the beginning of his odyssey. All across France, isolated individual Templars escaped arrest. Most simply disappear in obscurity, but some want to fight back against injustice. From humble beginnings, an organization of free Templars is gradually built up. Volunteers from the countries where the Templars have been found innocent or the arrests carried out half-heartedly join the efforts of the free Templars. Although Percy initially joins the struggle against the Inquisition reluctantly, he soon becomes consumed with the need for revenge.
This, the third novel of the Templar Trilogy by historian Helena Schrader, is set against the backdrop of the destruction of the Knights Templar by Philip IV of France. It is a story of the struggle between good and evil in human hearts. Whereas Sir Percy must learn to tame his hatred, Félice has to learn how to focus and define her love.
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