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[9 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians is author Tobias Churton’s ambitious attempt to create the definitive book on a complex and oft-misunderstood subject. Churton, perhaps best known for his works on Gnostic writings and philosophy, is a lecturer at the Exeter University (UK) master’s program in Western Esotericism and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on hidden wisdom and secret societies. He has touched on the Rosicrucians in his writing before, most notably in 2002’s excellent pre-history of Freemasonry, The Golden Builders. That book, however, only hinted at the exhaustive scope and detail to be found in The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians, which at nearly 600 pages outdoes even Churton’s similarly weighty tome on the Craft, 2007’s Freemasonry: The Reality.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Keeper of the Grail is the first book in a new series of young adult novels by Michael P. Spradlin. If the first book is any indication of what’s to come in the rest of the series, readers are in for a treat over the next few years.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

The only thing I don’t like about this book is the title, which was not the author’s choice. Like many publishers, the publishers of the Dummies series wanted to cash in on the Dan Brown pony, and chose a name to go along with that train of thought. Now that I’ve gotten that commentary out of the way, let me state that one should not be dissuaded from buying this book based on either the Templar Code or Dummies part of the title.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

There is an amazing amount of information in this little book, and some very fine illustrations as well. The book is the work of a scholar (who also happens to be a very good writer) and avoids sensationalism – and the story is sensational enough by itself.

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[1 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

If ever a book resembled a Wikipedia entry, this one is it. Actually that isn’t a fair assessment for two reasons.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

The Trial of the Templars was written by Malcolm Barber, an academic specializing in medieval history. Barber is considered to be the world’s foremost authority on the Knights Templar. The book was originally published in 1978 and remains one of the staples of Templar and medieval history.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Dr. Ralls latest book on the Templars is a much needed resource and one that I’m sure will please both general readers and those who are more familiar with the Templars. Over the course of 300 pages, Ralls presents a wide variety of Templar and Templar related themes in digest format, providing a quick reference on the subject at hand.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

I must confess that my skin is a little thin these days with respect to the number of books flooding the market; each claiming to reveal the truth about the Templars and whatever relic the author has selected from the Chinese Menu that is Templar speculation. However, this one seems to top them all blending the crusades, Atlantis, the pyramids and a variety of other esoteric subjects.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Since National Treasure and the Da Vinci Code have made the Knights Templar somewhat of a household word, there have been many books placed on the market to cash in on their popularity this book is not one of them.

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Often people who read books about the Knights Templar take themselves a little too seriously and more often than not those who write them fall into the same trap. Occasionally a writer comes along who is not afraid to have a little fun with the subject.