-God is not pleased.

The alleged guardians of the Grail were arrested in France in the early 14th century on the strength of an arrest warrant that began with the words: ‘God is not pleased. We have enemies of the faith in the kingdom.’ Anyone interested in this mysterious Christian order that was formally disbanded in 1312 but continued to be vilified by the established church will find a selection of historical studies ranging from Julius Gmelin’s Schuld oder Unschuld des Templerordens. Kritischer Versuch zur Lösung der Frage (1893), the work of a historian hailed as someone who has ‘examined with searching minuteness all the voluminous evidence extant relating to the trials’, to the more recent The murdered magicians by Peter Partner (1987), which examines the history of the Knights Templars down to their modern offshoots.