This brilliant narrative history of the Knights Templar gives a clear explanation of the cultural and religious differences in the Middle east. The similarity of the antagonisms today of the Sunnis, Shites, Kurds, Armenians, Arabs and Turks who figure so prominently in today’s headlines and those of 800 years ago are striking as to be eerie. No Masonic body claims direst descent from the original Knights Templar. They usually claim instead to have originated in medieval Guilds of cathedral builders. The persistence of legend, however the revelations of Templar roots for Masonic ritual (particularly in regard to Masonic symbols and terminology) make this book of special interest to Freemasons and historians. Hard cover, 494 pages.