Templars: The Knights Who Made Britain
By Steve Tibble
Yale University Press
Examines the Knights Templar and their activities in the British Isles. The military order was an important player in the Crusades of the 12th and 13th centuries, but their role in England, Scotland and Ireland is a story of politics, fundraising and managing an international organization.
There is no shortage of books on the Templars. On the contrary, there are far too many. The problem lies in the fact that most are closer to fiction than to the true story. This is a great shame, and completely unnecessary – the reality of the Templar achievement, in Britain and beyond, is so rich and so extraordinary that it needs no embellishment. There is undoubtedly a lot of fun to be had with the obsessions of popular culture – with Holy Grails, Assassins and Illuminati. But it is important not to confuse it with history. This book tries to redress that balance and to create a more rounded view of the British Templars.
Who is this book for?
One can see a large audience for this book – it straddles the line of being a popular and an academic work, and covers perennially widely-read topics such as the Crusades, English (and Scottish and Irish) history, and the Templars themselves. Tibble has a great writing style, making this a very easy read.
Full disclosure: Steve Tibble is a friend of Medievalists.net who has already penned several articles on the website. While he did a PhD earlier his life, he has only returned to the academic world in recent years after a career in the private sector. This is his third book with Yale University Press, with two others on the crusades. You can learn more about Steve on his website, or follow him on X/Twitter or Instagram.
There are a few ways to get this book – first, you can get a copy by signing up for our Book of the Month in October on Patreon.
Secondly, Steve Tibble will be teaching the online course, The British Templars: Crusades and Conspiracies, starting on October 20th. As part of the six-week course you will get an electronic copy of the book! Click here to sign up.
You can also purchase this book through the publisher’s website