Templars: The Knights Who Made Britain
Steve Tibble

Templars: The Knights Who Made Britain

A gripping account of the Knights Templar, showing how they played a profound role in making modern Britain


Originally established in the twelfth century to protect pilgrims, the Knights Templar are known as crusading warriors, single-minded in their pursuit of war in the Near East. But, almost 200 years later, the Order was crushed on charges of heresy. Centuries on, the knights have become associated with conspiracy, fanaticism, and the quest for the Holy Grail.

In this bold new interpretation, Steve Tibble explores the myths surrounding the Order. While they were ruthless soldiers on the battlefield, the Templars were also dedicated peace-mongers at home. They influenced royal strategy and policy, created financial structures, and brokered international peace treaties—all to ensure that men, money, and material could be transferred more readily to the east.
Charting the rise of the Order under Henry I through to its violent suppression at the end of the thirteenth century, Tibble argues that these medieval knights were essential to the emergence of an early English state. From Temple Church to Bisham Abbey, and across all parts of the British Isles, the knights left their mark on the landscape of the country. Although the Knights Templar were founded to defend Jerusalem, their influence in Britain was just as far-reaching.

Book Details:

  • Author: Steve Tibble
  • Published Year: 2023
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Steve Tibble

Steve Tibble

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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Book Reviews

  • "Fascinating…Explodes the old myths."
    Jonathan Harris
  • "Thoughtful, original, accessible: Tibble writes with panache and, yes, the Templars were even more important and played an even bigger role in English affairs than we thought."
    Peter W. Edbury, author of The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade
  • "Templars is an engaging and fascinating exploration of the most famous medieval knights. Templars are, here, administrators and diplomats as well as warriors, supranational seekers of peace in Europe to fuel war in the Near East. In seeing their work in the round, Tibble offers us a deep and rich picture of the Order."
    Matthew Lewis, author of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • "Vivid and illuminating…With a wry style and a sharp eye for an engaging anecdote Tibble reveals the surprising profile of the Templars as diplomats, seafarers, farmers and financiers who, at times, were right at the heart of royal government – activities all essential to their core purpose of fighting to defend Jerusalem."
    Jonathan Philips, author of The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin
  • "A stirring and fascinating history."
    Mail on Sunday