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The Michael Jecks Compendium (A Free Sampler)

By Michael Jecks

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The definitive digital guide to the long-running and much-loved Knights Templar series

The definitive digital guide to Michael Jecks's widely-praised Knights Templar series.

Whether you're a long-standing fan of the medieval Knights Templar adventures, or yet to try this captivating historical series, this is the definitive guide you need.

Meet Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, keeper of the kings peace, and his friend Simon Puttock, and discover this dazzling introduction to fifteen titles in the series.

*Also contains an exclusive foreword from the author*

Biographical Notes

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on his writing. He is the founder of Medieval Murderers, has been Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association, and helped create the Historical Writers' Association. Keen to help new writers, for some years he organised the Debut Dagger competition, and is now organising the AsparaWriting festival for new writers at Evesham. He has judged many prizes, including the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Michael is an international speaker on writing and for business. He lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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  • ISBN: 9781472228024
  • Publication date: 12 Feb 2015
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The most wickedly plotted medieval mystery novels — Times
Marvellously portrayed — CJ Sansom
A page-turning masterpiece that will keep the reader totally gripped until the very last page — Historical Novels Review
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