Jordan Mechner at Skylight Books for Reading and Discussion
A hot topic for the last decade or so has been the times and events surrounding the legendary group of knights from the days of the Crusades, called the Knights Templar. This religious and military order first started as guardians to those going to the Holy Land during the Crusades. Over the years it evolved into a much larger and more powerful organization. The Templars spread over Europe, and became the first “bankers”, transferring money, safeguarding gold and silver, and loaning money, something that only Jews and Lombards could do at the time. Since the Templars were authorized by the Church and the Pope, they operated in many lands and crossed the borders of all European states. Its members were from the noble families of Europe, men who took a vow of poverty to serve Christ and Christians as Knights of the Temple.
Many fascinating books have come from exploring this era, including “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, and many others from authors including best-selling author Dan Brown. Spinning a story based on the real Templars, Jordan Mechner has brought the era to the graphic novel with his two artist co-authors LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland in a 480 page color book. Here’s the story synopsis:
Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the King of France and the Pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The King aims to frame the Templars for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That’s the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
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