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The Templar Magician

The Templar Magician

P. C. Doherty

Minotaur Books

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Murder and mayhem set at the time of the secretive Templar Order.

The year is 1152, and Jerusalem is still in the hands of the Crusaders, although the lofty ideals of before have now been replaced by subtle power-play. Meanwhile, in England, King Stephen is waging bloody war against Henry Fitzempress. The Templar Order, now fifty years old, is a wealthy power, glittering with tempting riches. Against this background of bloodshed, Robert de Payens, grandson of Eleanor, one of the co-founders of the Temple, and Englishman Edward Sendal find themselves caught up in a murder mystery when Raymond, Count of Tripoli, is brutally assassinated. Who would have wanted to murder Raymond, and is it possible that the answer may lie within the hallowed ranks of the Templar order itself?

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The Templar Magician

PART ONE
TRIPOLI: OUTREMER AUTUMN 1152
Chapter 1
Count Raymond was struck down by the swords of the Assassins at the entrance to the gate.


'A time of turbulence, of visions, portents...

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Praise for The Templar Magician

"The real-life murder of Count Raymond of Tripoli in 1152 kicks off Doherty’s excellent second Templar historical (after 2010’s The Templar)." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A neatly turned puzzle." - Kirkus Reviews

"Involving, well-researched and adeptly written... An honest book, written with the aim of both entertaining and educating." - Fantasy Book Review

"The mystery will keep the reader guessing to the final chapter because the story is inhabited by complex characters and no one is who they appear to be." - Historical Novel Society

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Read the Kirkus Review of THE TEMPLAR MAGICIAN . A dedicated member of the Knights Templar is caught up in a mystery he feels obliged to solve. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

P. C. Doherty

P.C. DOHERTY was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is the author of a number of critically acclaimed mystery series. He lives in England.

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