Order in Chaos (Templar Trilogy) by Jack Whyte

By Jack Whyte

The 3rd novel within the exciting old trilogy concerning the upward thrust and fall of the robust and mysterious Templars, from the writer of the immensely renowned Camulod Chronicles.Order in Chaos starts off simply sooner than Friday the 13th of October 1307, the unique Day of Infamy that marked the abrupt finish of the Order of the Templars. On that day, all of sudden, King Philip IV despatched his armies to arrest each Templar in France in one morning. Then, as a result of Pope Clement V, he seized the entire Temple resources and set the Holy Inquisition opposed to the Order. Forewarned on the final minute by means of the Grand grasp himself, who has found the king's plot too past due to thwart it, Sir William St. Clair flees France with the Temple's mythical treasure, taking with him numerous hundred knights, besides the Scots-born widow of a French Baron, the girl Jessica Randolph. As time passes and the proof of the French King's treachery turns into incontestable, St. Clair unearths himself more and more dissatisfied and comes to a decision, on behalf of his Order, to desert the earlier. He releases his males from their "sacred" vows of papal obedience and leads them into conflict as Temple Knights one final time, in aid of King Robert Bruce on the conflict of Bannockburn. And within the aftermath of victory, he's taking his surviving males away looking for one other legend: the fabled land, pointed out in Templar lore, that lies past the Western Ocean and is named Merica.

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Thanks be to God in His wisdom, our laws are clear on such things. The letter of credit goes to the depositor and no copies are made of it. The Temple holds the funds in trust, and no king or king`s henchman holds jurisdiction over our Order. It would never have occurred to de Nogaret that one of our preceptors might contravene the laws of our system and do what de Champagne actually did in sending the documents to me. And so he assumed the obvious: that the letter still existed and that Bar Simeon had passed it for safekeeping to another of his race.

I was caught unprepared, never having known about, or even suspected, Etienne`s venture with the Jew, whom he evidently and with good reason, it transpired held in the highest esteem. But once I had thought about it for a time, I conferred with my friend and colleague here, Sir Arnold de Thierry, as the Preceptor of La Rochelle, because although I thought I knew what must be done, it seemed an arrogant and prideful course for me to steer, so far outside the confines of our rules. But Arnold believed I would be doing the right thing, and he encouraged me to proceed.

Cauterize the stumps. Quickly. Now remove the gag. He laid the axe down and drew the dagger from his belt, then bent down to open the unconscious man`s mouth and insert the point of his knife. A moment later, he straightened up again, his face white, his mouth a lipless line. Take him to the surgeons, as quickly as you may. And carry him face downward, lest he choke on his own blood. He dropped his dagger into the heart of the fire in the brazier, then wiped his bloody fingers on the cloth of the maimed man`s gag.

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