Knights of the Black and White

Knights of the Black and White The first book in a trilogy about the most important events in the history of the Order of the Knights Templar The Templars represent a widely popular period of history at the moment but the roots of

The first book in a trilogy about the most important events in the history of the Order of the Knights Templar The Templars represent a widely popular period of history at the moment, but the roots of their fellowship have been shrouded in contemporary conspiracy theory and media glamour is trilogy tells the true tales of the Knights Templar beginning with why they foThe first book in a trilogy about the most important events in the history of the Order of the Knights Templar The Templars represent a widely popular period of history at the moment, but the roots of their fellowship have been shrouded in contemporary conspiracy theory and media glamour is trilogy tells the true tales of the Knights Templar beginning with why they formed after the First Crusade and why they continued to grow in power and influence Immediately after the deliverance of Jerusalem, the Crusaders, considering their vow fulfilled, drifted back to their homes But some considered that the defence of this precarious conquest, surrounded as it was by Mohammedan neighbours, still remained In 1118, during the reign of Baldwin II, Hugues de Payens, a knight of Champagne, and eight of his companions bound themselves by a perpetual vow, taken in the presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, to defend the Christian kingdom and all god fearing pilgrims who wished to visit the Holy Land Baldwin accepted their services and assigned them a portion of his palace, adjoining the temple of the city hence their title pauvres chevaliers du temple Poor Knights of the Temple.

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  1. Jack Whyte is an author and writer born and raised in Scotland, but has been living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada since 1967.Whyte s major work to date is the A Dream of Eagles series as it is titled in Canada, but known as The Camulod Chronicles in the United States and elsewhere This series of historical novels presents the tale of King Arthur set against the backdrop of Roman Britain This retelling of the popular legend eschews the use of magic as in T H White s The Sword in the Stone to explain Arthur s ascent to power and instead relies on the historical condition with some artistic license of post Roman Britain to support the theory that Arthur was meant to counter the anarchy left by the Roman departure from Britain in 410 AD and the subsequent colonization and invasion of Britain by various peoples from Northwestern Europe, including the Saxons, Jutes, Franks, and Angles Whyte incorporates both traditional Arthurian names, places and events albeit in gaelic or Latin form as well as the names of various historical figures that have been suggested as being the possible basis for the original King Arthur legend The tacit implication is that Whyte s version of history is the true story that has become distorted over time to become the legend and stories of magic that we know today.Jack Whyte served as the official bard of The Calgary Highlanders and performed several tracks of poetry and song on the 1990 recording by the Regimental Pipes and Drums of The Calgary Highlanders entitled Eighty Years of Glory The Regimental Pipes, Drums and Bard of The Calgary Highlanders.

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  1. Here I am writing a review after only one hundred and seven pages It s not my policy, but I have enough to say that I think this early review is valid.The entire first section of Knights of the Black and White, called Beginnings by Jack Whyte, is the biggest, clunkiest most useless piece of exposition I have ever read It is a classic example of an author s cerebral, pre writing work spilling over into their novel without any thought for pacing, necessity or readability Indeed, it took only three [...]

  2. I was very disappointed with this book If you have read The Skystone and the rest of the Camulod Chronicles you will know why that work by Jack Whyte makes my list of ten favorite books of all time This offering pales in comparison Honestly, I only made it about 150 pages in The story was disjointed, the characters were one dimensional and the some of the characters did not seem to the fit the era There was clearly meant to be some sort of message fiction which I generally find to be pretentious [...]

  3. Holy shit, I just saw that this is book one of a trilogy I think there are laws about publishing that much crap This might be the worst book I ve read since man, I don t even know It s worse than even the Da Vinci Code, and I read that like 5 years ago I m going to try to finish it, but I can guarantee you that I ll be staying far away from Jack Whyte and his templars after I choke this one down.I m not done yet, but since I don t see how the author could possibly make me love the book in the la [...]

  4. A lot have been said about the Knights Templars, and much has been refuted And while this is a work of fiction, its a pretty good representation of all the theories, woven together in a believable way It also gives you a good historical overview of the period that this book talks about It certainly was well researched.What surprised and delighted me too was the way the author represented the beliefs of the Knights Templars The beliefs expressed in the book are pretty much a mixture of pagan and [...]

  5. Jack Whyte lives in Kelowna, BCBegins in 1085 Templars existed for less than 200 years legitimate standing army of the RC church Invented first international banks, developed the largest navy in the world, financed all the kings and kingdoms of Christendom, amassed the largest real estate holdings in history All the original templar knights were French and nobly bornHugh de Payens Hugues of Payens founder of the Knights Templar.Weren t called Crusades until hundreds of years later Outremer the l [...]

  6. The Templar Knights are a subject I find endlessly fascinating, so I eagerly seek out books about the subject whether the books are fiction or nonfiction This fiction novel details the formation of the Knights, starting as a secret society in France, moving the story to Israel and the Middle East, and ending with the discovery of the treasure that would allow the Knights to become a powerful force for many decades As these events unfold, the story follows Hugh de Payens, beginning with him as a [...]

  7. I couldn t get past the first two chapters because I d expected an adventure, a fair minded, historically based novel about the templars Instead, I wound up with the usual gnostic lunacy ie, the templars weren t really regular medieval Catholics, they were actually secret members of an ancient secret society with secret friends who were fighting a secret war against intolerance Kind of sick of the let s all follow in Dan Brown s footsteps sort of half assed historical research as a basis for a n [...]

  8. Had trouble getting excited about this book I liked the philosophical discussion of Christianity and the Templar History However the action and pace of the book was lacking.

  9. Keeping in mind that I don t really hold any particular religious views, and have very little formal education on the subject aside from a couple of non western religion classes in college , I do know, from my reading of history, the part the Christian Church has played in the world in the last couple thousand years, as well as those belief systems that came before, and after Having said that, I don t know much about the Templars, other than what I ve gotten from movies Cities Underground and th [...]

  10. Returning for another series from the excellent Jack Whyte who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors I ve been surprised to read that so many have not enjoyed this series Granted it doesn t have the colour and excitement of the Camulod series, but that in itself is not enough to dismiss it out of hand Whyte writes beautifully long, descriptive sentences and paragraphs which are full of interest and fact, so we gain on various counts For this alone I fail to see why he is being criticised [...]

  11. I m not very far in, less than 100 pages, and I don t think I will invest much time in it It exhibits a sense of showing versus telling, but it s not blatantly bad it didn t make me cringe or want to throw it in my woodstove It s air smells of tell and underlying uncomfortableness.I felt the voice was wrong I picked it up and set it down many times over the last couple of days read it during breaks in the Oscars and several times I was thrown off by the thrid person as I expected a first person [...]

  12. After reading the Dream of Eagles series, I was very eager to try another of Whyte s historical epic series I haven t been as keen about this one as I was the other, but since I LOVED the other set, I had no where to really go from there I do like Whyte s manner of storytelling, I find I sail on through his chapters, swept up in the language and the tale he weaves I didn t get so attached to the characters in this set, as they change often than in the other But, as a fan of Whyte, I cannot say [...]

  13. I really enjoyed this book I had a very hard time putting it down It was well written and the characters were described well and while I read it I felt like I was there watching It made me really think about the different religions and how they are very much alike in the most basic ways I would highly recommend this book Especially if you enjoy period books I can t wait to read the next two in the trilogy.If you decide to read this book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  14. This was the first book by Jack Whyte that I picked up It was a bit hard to get into, but once I got past a a hundred or so pages, I started to really enjoy it Jack has a great way of story telling highly detailed Some readers might find it a bit dry though After finishing this book, I immediately picked up the second of the trilogy.

  15. I haven t read The DaVinci Code but I suspect that I enjoyed this than I would Dan Brown s work It was well written, if very masculine Which is to be expected in a story about warrior monks, but it is a departure from my normal reading habits I d like to read his Camlaud series and see how that works.

  16. Quality read enjoyed the book cover to cover It s hard to find a book that does not portray the Templars as an evil entity Jack Whyte borrows a bit from Masonic ritual which I think is a it out there, but let s be realistic it s fiction

  17. I could only make it a few pages before giving up I d wanted to read this for years, but began losing interest almost immediatly I m giving this a true rating, i ll come back to this in a couple of years and maybe i ll get into it

  18. I love Jack Whyte his Camulod series was wonderful Honestly, I was very disappointed with what I found in Knights of the Black and White The idea was intriguing, but I feel like he was trying to include too much detail and he drowned the story I didn t finish this one, and that s an unusual thing for me to do When I start a book, I almost always finish it, sometimes choking it down like foul tasting vegetables, but I finish it With the Camulod series, Whyte explained away the magic behind Merlin [...]

  19. This book felt a lot like my second year Middle Ages class to be honest It was mostly facts that felt like I was reading a textbook It was cool to learn some facts about a few of the other factions of the knights of the church, but it would have worked better as a popular history book rather than a novel.

  20. Many assumptions about the Crusades and the world and its peoples during them were dispelled by this novel I learned quite a lot about the Crusader states, the culture clash exchange between Christendom Europe , and the Islamic World Lots of good action, intrigue and a great plot I hope to read the next book in the series soon.

  21. The author literally based almost all of his knowledge off of DaVinci Code Holy Blood Holy Grail conspiracy fake history This book is insanely historically inaccurate Liberal anti catholic fake history at its finest.

  22. Be warned, there s some feminist ranting ahead.This is the first book I ve read by this author I picked it up at a time when I was really enjoying the lore of the Knights Templar and needed a book to help pass the time in an airport The first half or so of the book was enjoyable if not particularly groundbreaking I enjoyed envisioning the different settings and I can appreciate what is effectively Knights Templar fanfic for what it is The downright excessive use of run ons and commas was a littl [...]

  23. Started November 13, 2007Finished November 30, 2007 I hadn t heard of Jack Whyte before encountering him at a writer s conference in October this year, but he seemed to be highly regarded, and a friend of mine admires him particularly, so I picked up this, the first book in his new trilogy, to see for myself what the buzz was about The verdict I liked this one well enough to want to read the first book in his other 10 book series, on the Arthurian legend I know as little about King Arthur as I d [...]

  24. Modern thriller writers get wrong about the Bible and church history than almost any other subject, but the history of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, usually known as the Knights Templar or the Templars, runs a close second.Jack Whyte, in Knights of the Black and White, manages to combine wild speculation about both into a didactic series of lectures that sinks what starts as a pretty fun medieval adventure Whyte suggests that Hugues de Payens, the founder of t [...]

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