"When it comes to rip-roaring medieval narratives, Jones has few peers, and in The Templars he finds the perfect subject. THe warrior monks have always appealed to conspiracy theorists, and although Jones strips away the myths, he has great fun recounting their bloodthirsty crusading exploits." -- The Sunday Times, History Book of the Year
"Dan Jones gives no credence to the conspiratorial fantasies that have been spun around the Templars over the years. NO, they do not guard the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail. NO, a surviving remnant does not protect the identities of the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdelene. NO, the order does not secretly run the world - that's the Trilateral Commission or maybe Skull and Bones. HIs aim is to present a gripping historical narrative, and in this he succeeds... AS he describes it, the order comes across as a combination of Blackwater, Goldman Sachs, Kroll International, FedEx, Fort Knox, Bechtel and the Red Cross. THeir financial acumen was considerable.... 'The themes of the Templar story resonate powerfully today,' Jones observes. HE draws no specious parallels, but the reader can't help recognizing familiar territory. THere is the preoccupation in the West with what we now call the Middle East. REligions collide and atrocities abound. CRies of 'Allahu akhbar' pierce the din of battle. THe power of states is threatened, or seen to be threatened, by unaccountable forces with global tentacles. INformation is unreliable and easily manipulated, allowing conspiracy theories to take root and spread." - Cullen Murphy, The Washington Post
"Dan Jones has created a gripping page-turner out of the dramatic history of the Templars, from their spiritual warrior beginnings until their tragic destruction by the French king and the pope. IT is genuinely moving and a chilling contemporary warning about the abuse of power through persecution and lies."
-- Philippa Gregory, author of The White Queen
"They combined the warrior code of aristocratic knights with the poverty and religious devotion of monks. ...IN Jones's bravura account, this tension between aristocratic killer and humble monk shadows the Templar story. JOnes's fast-paced history is laced with tales of blood and bravery, disaster and victory. . . . DRawing on Christian and Muslim sources, he carries the Templars through the crusades with clarity and verve. THis is unabashed narrative history, fast-paced and full of incident." - The Sunday Times
"Gripping... JOnes tells the story of the Templars with energy and verve, regalling readers with well-chosen details and anecdotes. THe Templars became poster boys of the early middle ages, famed for their piety and their military prowess. IT was an intoxicating combination... THe author's ambition, he says, is 'to write a book that will entertain as well as inform.' He has done precisely that." - Peter Frankopan, The Telegraph
"Business chiefs listen up, especially in the world of big tech where egos are becoming rather inflated . . . THere's a vital message for those who get too powerful tucked into this new book: One day you'll draw the ire of someone more powerful, and they will attempt to destroy you. THe caution, although not explicit, comes in the epic story of the warrior monks known as the Knights Templar whose activities have given rise to much speculation and theories, some reasonable and some absurd. EXpert history writer Dan Jones digs deep for the facts and chronicles their history... JOnes recounts the gruesome battles in the Holy Land where the warriors fought to either take or hold key positions. IF you have any illusion that war was ever glamorous, then these passages should be a quick antidote." - Simon Constable, Forbes
"The story of the Templars, the ultimate holy warriors, is an extraordinary saga of fanaticism, bravery, treachery and betrayal, and in Dan Jones they have a worthy chronicler. TEmplars is a wonderful book!"
- Bernard Cornwell, author of The