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The Templar (Templars #1)

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“Resurrectionist magic.” —The New York Times Book Review

It’s 1095 and crusading fervor has swept Europe. Hugh de Payens and Godefroi of St. Omer, the soon-to-be founders of the Templar Order, and Hugh’s younger sister, Eleanor, leave the security of their homes in Burgundy, France, with a plan to join Count Raymond of Toulouse’s army, and march across the known world to J
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mr. Pirkl
Feb 25, 2011 Mr. Pirkl rated it it was ok
Hugh and Godefroi, and Hugh's younger sister, Eleanor, leave France, to join Count Raymond's army, and march to Jerusalem to free it from the infidels.

This book is interesting due to the historical aspects if the story but the narrative wasn't engaging. I found that it grew repetitive, the place might change but the actions are the same - the crusaders breach the wall surrounding a town/city somehow, murder, pillage, rape, and destroy, live there for awhile until the resources are used up and t
Aug 26, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
As many of you know (or maybe you don't), I am a big fan of all things medieval. When I saw this novel about the First Crusade, I was pretty excited. I have also wanted to try this author out so it was a great excuse to dive write in.

The tale kicks off in 1095 with Pope Urban II's appeal to Christians across Europe for those willing to step forward and repel the Muslim "infidels" from the Holy Lands. Two of the men who step forward to answer the call are the Frankish knights Hugh de Payans and G
Dec 06, 2014 Poonam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I love mystery books by Paul Doherty - the intrigue he creates in historical settings. I like the strong female characters he creates.

This is story of first Crusade set in 1096-1099, when 50, 000 men and women travel to Jerusalem to free it from the clutches of infidels. It is tale of arduous journey, bloodshed and treachery, where millions lose their lives. At one hand one admires the courage of people who mounted for such a difficult journey in the name of religion, motivated by their own pers
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Why change a winning formula? I have been enjoying Paul Doherty's "historical crime fiction" books where he combined historically accurate stories with typical crime mystery elements to provide an exciting combination to the reader.

In his latest series about the Crusades and Templars, he has reduced the mystery element to almost zero and provides a fictional account of the Crusades and the origins of the Templar Knights. Boring and trivial....
Dec 15, 2011 Will rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was a history major in unviersity and I absolutely love historical fiction, so I'll read just about anything that is remotely historical, even if it isn't all that entertaining. I only made it about 150 pages into this book and I was so utterly bored I had to put it down. I very rarely do that, and I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't possibly push myself to finish this book... Let's put it this way; I managed push through the first Twilight book when it was all the rage, which wa ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Aj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Paul Doherty book and I'm hooked.I'm definitely going searching for his other Historical mysteries
May 04, 2013 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very rich with historical context and terminology. It was tough to get into. The author switches from telling the story from the characters perspective to summarizing many years in narrative. If your a historical fiction fan this book is your dish. If your just dipping your toe into the genre then you may want to check out Angus Donald's Outlaw
Thomas Walsh
This is my first venture into Doherty's books (my goodness, he wrote a lot of them!) But, this is not my first venture into Templar fiction. I have a great interest in the period of history, and think they were the "cowboys" of the 10th and 11th Centuries. It's was a digrace when the church turned against them. But, then the church had PR for quite awhile!
Mar 15, 2011 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
starts very slow and is written in somewhat archaic language to make it seem more period for a historical fiction. Nothing grabbed me right away, and since I have a pile of books on the night stand, I moved on. I may try again some other time. Who knows, it may be really good...
This was a little different than the others I've read. The characters are a little more developed.
The historical detail seemed right on the mark. As a perpetual student of both history, geography and Christianity...I found it a satisfying read.
Dec 18, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
Book #112 for the 2010 52 Books in 52 Week Ravelry Challenge.

This book was fiction, but it gave me some insight on how the Templar's came into being.
Mar 13, 2012 Winnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There have been many novels written featuring the Templars and Mr. Doherty manages to come up with a different approach which I found quite enjoyable.
Apr 17, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I really struggled with this book. I was so disinterested in the characters that I could not even follow, and did not even finish.
Linda Murray
Not as exciting as most of Paul Doherty's novels,although it is interesting as there are a lot of historical detail.
Meh. Two and half stars rounded up. Tom Harper's novels involving many of the same events were a better read.
Actually, I am reading an English language edition, not a Spanish edition.
Cristián A. Gaymer
Lo dejé de leer......... no me agarró para nada.
Susan Moore
Sep 25, 2010 Susan Moore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it dry and not that very good.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: P.C. Doherty, Celia L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-Eastern England) in 1946. He had
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