Follow the young, aristocratic Lord Roland of Champagne as the youth is outcast and disowned from his noble family because of his less-than-virtuous and often unholy conduct.
Young Squire Roland's many tribulations are eased by an unlikely cast of characters: his fellow squire, the bold Aaron, an imaginative, street-smart young thief from Paris who becomes his most trusted friend and fellow hooligan; Roland's first love, Lady Marie of Baux; and his mentors Richard the Lionheart, Roland's young warrior uncle, whom he idolizes; Jacob, the Jewish doctor and Templar spy who's ahead of his time medically; Mesnil, the brave and stoic Templar knight who holds many secrets from the highest religious powers; and Martin, the Templar sergeant who is sometimes wayward, is always ready for action, and holds more secrets than all the others.
Be there when Roland and his companions meet head-on with danger and adventure along his path.
The Chagnon brother-and-sister team are self-admitted Francophiles, with a family history going back to Clovis' court. It seemed natural with this pedigree that Chip, the soldier, historian, and world traveler would team up with Judith, the professionally trained journalist and experienced writer, to pen a novel based in French and Templar history.
Chip's love of all things medieval made this historical novel-writing team inevitable. Adding to the passion was Chip's 35-year US Army career with training and experience that provided him with a soldier's insight into assessing Templar character at all levels.
Judith returned to college in her late twenties, when the "late-blooming" journalism graduate of Suffolk University began her career writing for the Eagle-Tribune newspaper in Massachusetts.
This combined powerful Chagnon family insight has framed day to- day Templar life from the inside out and tells the story in a very believable way.