The Knights Templar - their very name evokes a rich halo of glamor and chivalry. Since their introduction into Scotland by King David I in 1153, myth and reality have combined to record their place in that nation's history. Here, in one volume, is a grand introduction to the history of the Templars in Scotland, concentrating on the historical and moving away from the mythical. Leading off this collection is The Knights Templar and Bannockburn: Another View of the Myth, by Lin Robinson. This is respected modern study provides a reasoned assessment of the argument for Templars being at Bannockburn in a body and able to influence the tide of battle. Robinson gives a short history of the Knights Templar, followed by a thoughtful appraisal of the position of the Templars by the time of Bannockburn in 1314, the likelihood of their participating in the battle, and the decisive factors which brought about the battle's unlikely conclusion. He examines the myths surrounding the Templars in Scotland, and presents logical and plausible answers for each. Following Robinson's work is a brand-new edition of the following books and articles: The Knights Templars in Scotland, by Alfred Coutts; The Templars in Scotland in the Thirteenth Century, by John Edwards; The Suppression of the Knights Templars in Britain; The Story of the Scottish Templars, by Albert G. Mackey; Rosslyn Castle, Its Buildings Past and Present, by Andrew Kerr.
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