1. Origins; 2. The concept; 3. The rise of the Templars in the east in the twelfth century; 4. Hattin to La Forbie; 5. The last years of the Templars in Palestine and Syria; 6. Templar life; 7. The Templar network; 8. The end of the Order; 9. From Molay's curse to Foucault's Pendulum.
Malcolm Barber taught European medieval history at the University of Reading between 1966 and 2005. His special interests are the Templars, the Cathars and the crusades. He is the author or co-author of nine books.
'... the Templars evolved into one of the most powerful military forces of the Middle Ages. The story of their rise and sensational fall is the subject of this splendid book.' The Observer