Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde, MyShelf.com

"This is the third part of Helena P Schrader's Templar trilogy (the other two are The Cypriot Knight and Sir Jean of Acre) and deals with the destruction of Templar order. If you haven't read the other two this is not a great problem as they are all standalone novels and in this case Schrader has left the best until last in my opinion. Sir Percival de Lacy gets arrested with the other Templars while he is travelling through France and after being tortured escapes. He fortunately falls into the hands of a former crusader who was once a novice Templar and who was part of the crusade led by St Louis. Now he has a granddaughter called Felice who soon falls in love with the Englishman and gets caught up in his adventures.

As with the earlier two volumes this is a historically accurate and absorbing tale, replete with adventures and thrilling happenings, romance and some very well-realised characters that fairly leap off the page. Schrader has wisely kept her cast of characters down so she can concentrate on developing them and the result is a psychologically perceptive novel that stays in the mind long after. Schrader is a master at describing memorable scenes whether it is the torture of her hapless protagonist and his companions with its devastating mental and emotional aftermath (brilliantly described), daily life in the early 14th century for those great and poor with its squalor, color and vibrancy or the places visited by the characters and the result is a novel that stays in the mind long afterwards and surely cannot fail to disturb, enchant and absorb readers. Worthy of being on this classics page - go find a copy."

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Reviewed by Kara Wolf, Simegen.com

"The English Templar is the rousing conclusion of the Templar Trilogy.  It is an excellent book, the tale of Percival de Lacy, an English Templar traveling through France.  In a stroke of great bad luck, he is captured by the Inquisition, and imprisoned.  He is tortured until he confesses to heresy, but manages to escape.  With the help of Felice de Preuthune and her grandfather, Geoffrey (father of our last hero, Jean) he begins working to free his fellow Knights Templar, and restore the order to its honorable place.


Percy and Felice are noble characters, easy to love and root for.  Percy, in particular, is instantly sympathetic because of his horrible suffering.  The two are drawn to each other, but because Percy is a monk of the Knights, and Felice a nobleman's daughter, their romance would seem to be doomed from the beginning.  With the help of wise Geoffrey, however, the star-crossed lovers have a few moments of peace.

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-even without the background of the first two it is an excellent read."

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