Knights of the Black and White

Knights of the Black and White

by Jack Whyte

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A brother of the Order-a medieval secret society uniting noble families in a sacred bond-Sir Hugh de Payens has emerged from the First Crusade a broken man seeking to dedicate his life to God. But the Order has other plans for him: to uncover a deadly secret that could shatter the very might of the Church itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101215029
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/08/2006
Series: A Templar Novel , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 114,575
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1967. He is an actor, orator, singer, poet, and was awarded an honorary doctor of letters for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. He is the author of the Dream of Eagles series (eight Arthurian novels set in Roman Britain) and the Templar Trilogy (featuring the legendary Knights Templar). Whyte’s novels are also published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and Russia. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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Knights of the Black and White 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewish families escaping the wrath of the Christian conquest of the Roman Empire create a secret society, the Order of the Rebirth of Sion, whose long term objective is to reveal the truth about the Church that they believe is built on lies and 'an invalid creation¿. Over the centuries they hide, but prepare and wait patiently for the opportunity to destroy the myth. Late in the eleventh century, the chance arrives when Pope Urban calls for a Crusade to take back the Holy Land from the Infidels because the order believes that the proof is hidden under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.-------------- Joining the Christian army is sworn members of the Order of the Rebirth of Sion like Sir Hugh de Payens and Stephen St. Clair. During the effort to free Jerusalem from the Muslims, men like these two seek entry into the Temple Mount where they plan to excavate. The violent war is a cover for competing western groups who either want to prove a sham or destroy the evidence, if any exists while the Muslims block their path into one of the holiest shrines. ---------------------- Conceptually the first book of the latest Templar tales contains a terrific theme as various hostile sides converge on the temple Mount. However, the story line is slowed down by obloquies, soliloquies and colloquies that ironically provide a key feel for the conditions of the First Crusaders but also lacks action. Still the Knights Templar crowd will enjoy the newest entry that enthusiastically illuminates what has become an inundated topic.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, read the book. Then, read the above mentioned review. It only makes sense afterwards. I have the same comments as the other reviewers 'slow, hard to get through the pages, but it picked up at the end'. I was suprised to see it was a trilogy 'just found out that on this site', but not excited, as I can't see how it could hold myy interest after dragging me through this first portion. There is nothing exceptional in the character develpment that you would want to see them in another book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted SO badly to really love this book....but, to be honest, the first half was so boring and slow! It took a long, long time before I even started caring about the characters. It did get more interesting later on. It's almost like two different writers wrote this. I enjoyed the second half and the ending, though.
Catrina1031 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first novel in the Templar Knights trilogy by Jack Whyte. (So much, I am about half way through the second book.) It is a great read with historical facts that land you in the time of the Templar Knights' beginning. Mr Whyte makes all the charatcters come to life and helps you to understand the politics of that time in our history. I highly recommend this novel!
mzbabs More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Jack Whyte I have read and certainly look forward to reading more of his books. I was very impressed by the way Mr. Whyte took the time to put history of his main characters throughout the book, but not over due it to where you are bored with it's contents. From the very beginning you are involved in the main characters lifestyles during the years around 1090 to 1199. From that point on all 511 pages are worth every word written.
claytonl More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews of others and I totally disagree. Jack Whyte is a master writer. His plots are brillent and his writing is entertaining, informative, and beautiful. I love his characters and this series about the Templers is excellent. I, frankly, am disappointed that there will only be three books in this series. I have loved his books over the years and can't wait until he writes another. I know this is only my opinion but I wanted people to know that I feel he is worth reading and I think his research and details are terrific -- You go Jack
lchav52 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Knights Templar are just about a genre in themselves, with hundreds of books, historical, fictional, pseudo-historical conspiracies, you name it. This book is fiction, first of a trilogy, that recounts the founding of the Order, and its early years.It is a matter of history that, in 1118 A.D., nine knights led by one Hugues de Payens took vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity before the Patriarch of Jerusalem and dedicated themselves to protecting pilgrims on the roads of the newly-established Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem. Baldwin II, king of Jerusalem, gave them quarters on the Temple Mount, hence their full name - The Poor Fellow-soldiers of Jesus Christ and the Temple of Solomon (known then and now as the Knights Templar, or the Templars). It is further known that the nine knights spent years in excavations beneath the Temple Mount in addition to their military duties. What they were digging for, and why, has furnished fuel for speculation ranging from the merely bizarre to the outlandishly absurd. Mr. Whyte gives us a down-to-earth novel of what those years *might* have actually been like. The characters are largely historical, the mission driving the early organization is realistic, though still, perforce, speculative, and the pace is satisfying. This volume takes the reader from the late of Hugues de Payens, when he is initiated into a secret order involving his family, to the end of the Templars' first phase, closing as de Payens is about to return to Europe in 1128. The next volumes are to pick up the story from there.If you enjoy reading about the Templars, this book will be an interesting look at a period that is little known in their formation. I'd recommend it.
WhitmelB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whyte does an excellent job of melding known facts with inspired guesses to build a believable story. As he has done in his "Camulod" series about King arthur, he has taken what we know to be true, added some generally accepted thoughts concerning the Knights Templar and expanding upon this base writes a ripping yarn, as they used to say. I am looking forward to volume two of this series.
morien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readable but filled with flights pure, unadulterated, speculative BS.I think he spent too much time admiring HBHG.
oldsetbuilder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would give it a 5 out of 10. Maybe it is me, but I kept waiting (and waiting and waiting - through 749 pages)for something to happen. Maybe because it was a 'historical' novel, and history runs slow. But I remember novelist like Thomas Costaine (sp) who were never boring. If the 2nd and third are like this, I will definitely skip them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on history of Knight's Templar, would've liked for the author to have a section on the trueness of the history included in this novel.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
This is a great day my friends, we have found what we sought. I was in the mood for some dark ages shenanigans after playing the excellent new video game, For Honor. This is exactly what I wanted. Beginning in 1088 AD, this book charts the beginning of the most famous and mysterious order of Knights, the Knights Templar. This 548 page epic is only the first third of that story, and what a vivid and living portrayal it turned out to be. This is the first book I have read by Jack Whyte, and it’s excellence makes me want to track down his other series about King Arthur, Camulod. I’m guessing that series is just as vibrant and exciting as this one. I don’t know much about the actual Knights Templar, so I’m guessing that most of this is made up fanciful imaginings. But I’ll tell you what, fiction or not, it is fascinating. A wonderful retelling of the time period, well rounded and complex characters, unique and unexpected plot twists, ferocious battles, matters of the heart, even humor abound. This guy knows how to write a story. Imagine my dismay when I realized I only own the first two books and not the third! I probably refused to buy it because I hadn’t yet read the first two, big mistake. If you are a fan of historical fiction and see a book with Jack Whyte’s name on it, just go ahead and pick it up, chances are you are already in love with it.
TheLoon More than 1 year ago
Does every issue in history "really" have to be about how Jews have been mistreated and conspired against?
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