The Last Templar by Michael Jecks

‘The Last Templar’ is the first book in Michael Jecks’ 30+ Knights Templar series. As such, much of the book is focused on introducing the main characters – Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock and their relationship with each other.

‘Templar’s Acre’ told the story of Baldwin’s introduction to the Templars. In this book we see his exit from the Templars with the order’s destruction at the hands of Philip IV of France and Pope Clement. By luck, Baldwin (and his squire Edgar) manages to escape the torture and death suffered by many of their fellow Templars. Baldwin spends the next 9 years in France trying to find those who betrayed the Templars and seeking revenge before finally admitting defeat and returning to England.

Meanwhile, Simon Puttock has just been elevated to Bailiff of Lydeford and is determined to make a difference in his new position.

When a very unpopular farmer’s body is found in his burnt cottage, Baldwin immediately suspects murder. Then an abbot travelling with a group of monks is kidnapped and burnt at the stake. Finally, a group of travelling merchants is brutally attacked with most of them murdered – including some burnt in their wagons.

Simon gathers together the posse to track down the killers, but the closer he gets, the more he is personally affected by the crimes and the more he starts to suspect that the three incidents may not be related.

 

What an excellent start to a series. Baldwin and Simon are both excellent characters, along with their respective ‘servants’ Edgar and Hugh and Simon’s wife and daughter.

There is a lot of emotion in the relationship between Baldwin and Simon and anyone who has read ‘Templar’s Acre’ could only ever see Baldwin as one of the good guys. I’m really looking forward to reading more of this series and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one – ‘The Merchant’s Partner’.

 

Book Published 1995

 

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