The Third Crusade of Richard the Lionheart is well known but the build-up to it less so. The years that led up to the Battle of Hattin in 1187 is resonant with intrigue, plot and counter-plot, and the abuse of power. This book presents the story of those events, involving the greatest of the military orders, the Templars and their key ally.
W. B. Bartlett is the author of Taming the Dragon, God Wills It! A History of the Crusades, An Ungodly War: The Sack of Constantinople and the Fourth Crusade and Assassins: Medieval Islam's Secret Sect, all published by Sutton. He is a management consultant, currently working in Mongolia.