Assassins and Templars tells an almost unknown story - how two of the medieval world's most extraordinary and high profile organisations formed a shockingly bloodthirsty but entirely unrecognised 'partnership of death'. The book is, in effect, the true story behind the hugely popular video game, ‘Assassin’s Creed’.
These were two groups which loathed each other, and had ostensibly nothing in common. They had vastly different reputations and followings, and yet they came up with strikingly similar, almost parallel, strategies.
Using a wealth of fascinating stories which have barely reached a popular audience, the book explains how the extreme passions and activities of the Templars and the Assassins mirrored each other, albeit with an irony of which they were unaware. We explore how these two larger than life 'death cults' bounced off each other during the crusades and continued to do so throughout the centuries that followed - both in historical reality and in the way we continually retell and conflate their fascinating legends.
Dr Steve Tibble is a graduate of Cambridge and London Universities, and is a research associate at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is one of the foremost academics currently working in the field of the crusades.
His latest book, 'Templars - The Knights Who Made Britain' (2023) was published by Yale University Press to wide acclaim. Other recent publications have been similarly highly praised and include 'The Crusader Armies' (Yale, 2018) and 'The Crusader Strategy' (Yale, 2020, short-listed for the Duke of Wellington's Military History Prize). He is...
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