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Piers Paul Read studied history at Cambridge University and has authored fourteen acclaimed novels and seven works of nonfiction, including the international bestseller Alive. His novels have won the Hawthornden Prize and the Geoffrey Faber, Somerset Maugham, and James Tait Black awards. He lives in London.
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“An engrossing and beautifully written work of popular history that unfolds like a well-structured crime novel.” —Booklist
“In his preface Read credits the influence of a new generation of Crusade historians . . . With The Templars he can now take an honored place among them.” —The Washington Post
“An unblinking account.” —Financial Times