Book: Temple of the Grail - A Novel (Rosicrucian Quartet) by Adriana Kouliascategories: Book, Templars, Knights, Monks, Detective, Christian Mystery, History, Middle Ages, Medieval, Historic Fiction, Heresy, Murder Mystery
Adriana Kouliasabout this book: It is 1254, ten years after the fall of Montsegur. A Cistercian Monastery hidden away in a secluded mountain in the pyrenees is accused of heresy and a delegation is sent by Rome to investigate healings that have been attributed to the devil. The ambitious inquisitor, Raneirio Sacconni heads the delegation, looking to make his mark. Accompanying the prelates, on behalf of the King of France, is Andre, the Preceptor of a nearby Templar House, and his trusty young squire, Christian. When monks begin to die in gruesome circumstances, Andre and Christian are drawn into solving the murders and are lead inextricably to the secret at the heart of the monastery. A secret that may change the course of history. Will the two survive or will it turn out to be a battle, not only for their lives but also for their souls ...
I have always been a history buff and I became interested in the Templars after reading a book on them some years ago. It sparked off a long period of research on their activities in the east and particularly in the South of France. I travelled to the Pyrenees in my researches and I fell in love with the area.
It took me about 10 years to write Temple of the Grail because at the time my daughter was only a baby. I would write when she was asleep and any time I got the chance. When I wrote it I had no idea that I would come to write three more books that would all be linked loosely in a series. I'm really amazed to see how they all fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, so that you can read them in any order.
Temple of the Grail was self published. I walked around with books under my arms knocking on bookshop doors. It sold so well in shops it sparked off a bidding war between Pan Macmillan and Random House and the result was that I was offered the highest advance for a first time author in Australia for Temple of the Grail and The Seal - which was only partly written at the time. I thought I was dreaming.
As far as themes go I didn't set out to write a murder mystery. I only discovered it was going in that direction about 70 pages in! What I wanted to explore in Temple of the Grail was the idea of polarities and how they always fall into error: knowledge versus opinion, right versus wrong, good versus evil, heresy versus orthodoxy, science versus religion, youth versus maturity. I find these themes still relevant today. I wanted to set the book in a secluded monastery to give my characters a setting where fear prevails because nothing polarises like fear.
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