Paul Sloss – Knightfall

Paul is featuring as Theophile in the second series of History’s Knightfall, returning to television screens later this year.

Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, this slice of bloody historical fiction goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of the Knights Templar. 

In the centuries prior the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, to give their full title, quickly went from pious bodyguards protecting pilgrims during their travels across the Crusader states (collectively known as Outremer) to being the richest organisation in all of Christendom, possibly the entire world.

Their wealth, power and influence was so vast that through their outposts dotted across Europe they essentially created the world’s first multinational banking firm. 

If you deposited money at a chapter house in Rome you could withdraw the exact same amount at a chapter house in Paris – a revolutionary advancement that made them Scrooge McDuck levels of wealthy, with everyone from paupers to the Pope owing the Templars money (perhaps the “Poor” in their name was meant to be ironic?)

When we pick up the story in 1306, the Knights Templar are very much on the back foot. Acre, the Templars’ last stronghold in Outremer, has fallen and years later a rumour spreads that the lost Grail is still in that area.

The Templars, led by the courageous, headstrong, but noble Landry (Tom Cullen) have shifted their attention to regaining a foothold in the Holy Land. They take their battle back to the Levant and their battles become the Crusades.

However with the Templars now losing allies and gaining new and powerful enemies, including the King Phillip IV of France and Pope Clement V, the formidable and secretive order of warrior monks are entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and any secrets that are capable of destroying their Order and the Church.

From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with the French Monarchy, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution, Knightfall follows the story of this esoteric militaristic Christian brotherhood from its dizzying highs as the most powerful and wealthiest organisation in the Medieval world to being burned at the stake en mass for heresy (but really because the French king wanted all their money and land.)

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