Templars, Crusades and the Middle Ages
Barber, Malcolm, The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple
Howarth, Stephen, The Knights Templar
Robinson, John, Dungeon, Fire & Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
Joinville & Villehardouin, Chronicle of the Crusades
Milger, Peter, Die Kreuzzüge: Krieg im Namen Gottes
Laduric, Emmanuel Le Roy, Montaillou
Edbury, Peter W., The Kingdom of Cyprus and the Crusades, 1191 - 1374
McKisack, May, The Fourteenth Century, 1307 - 1399
Ward, Jennifer C., English Noblewomen in the Later Middle Ages
Coss, Peter, The Knight in Medieval England, 1000 - 1400
Keen, Maurice, English Society in the Later Middle Ages, 1348 - 1500
Mertes, Kate, The English Noble Household, 1250-1600
Perhaps because there are almost no first-hand accounts accessible to us today, the novels are (or seem to be) more credible and believable. There are a great number of historical novels on the market that are set in medieval times and cover this subject matter. I highly recommend the following authors:
Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur, first published 1485.
Robert Shea, and his All Things are Light/Das Kreuz und die Laute.
Maurice Druon, and his excellent histories/novels on France in the 14th century, starting with Die Fluch aus dem Flame.
Sharon Kay Penman, all her books but particularly The Sunne in Splendour.
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