Iacobus by Matilde Asensi

review and notes of the historical novel Iacobus by Matilde Asensi

I will not discover at this point Mateldi asensi nor his novels. Iacobus is the third or fourth that I read, I do not remember well, and as always it is a tremendously well-set novel. Agile, fast and interesting.

Iacobus is ideal when you want a light, historical and adventure reading. You will love it if you like things related to the Templars and the Order of the Temple.


The action takes place in the XIII - XIV century, after the dissolution of the Order of the Temple. A monk of the military order of the Hospital de San Juan, known for his deductive or detective skills, is sent by Pope John XXII to investigate the death of Pope Clement V and King Philip IV after the curse launched by the Grand Master of the Order. of the Temple to be executed at the stake.

Is Galcerán de Born, Il Persiquitore and this will trigger a trip through different scenarios such as Paris, Avignon and the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre. Combining, military, templar, hospital and Jewish orders around the personal history of the main characters.

It is a fast-paced adventure where a great historical setting is combined with action and adventure.

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I greatly enjoyed the descriptions and setting of the Jewish quarter, since in my city, we have what was an important Jewish quarter until the expulsion by the Catholic Monarchs and that forms an area of ​​tremendous beauty today. Strolling through the Jewish quarter today is imagining stories from the past.

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Interesting Topics to Remember and Research

Montium Ruin in Las Médulas

Moment when describing Las Médulas, the biggest open pit gold mining of the roman empire. Located in El Bierzo in León.

It also explains the Ruin Montium or short mined a mining system used by the Romans to obtain gold. It consists of demolishing the mount.

The mention of Pliny awakened my memory. In his grandiose Natural History, the Roman sage spoke of the huge mining operation carried out by the August Emperor in Hispania Citerior back at the dawn of our era. One specific place in that Roman Hispania deserved all the scholar's attention: Las Médulas, from where the Romans obtained twenty thousand pounds of pure gold a year. The system used to pull the metal from the ground was the so-called montium ruin, which consisted of suddenly releasing large quantities of water from formidable reservoirs located at the highest points of the Aquilanos Mountains. The released water descended furiously through seven aqueducts and, upon reaching Las Médulas, stranded in a network of galleries previously dug by slaves, caused large landslides and pierced the earth. The gold remains were dragged to the agogas, or huge lakes that acted as laundries, where the golden metal was collected and cleaned. All this activity was going on without interruption for two hundred years.

Iacobus (Matilde Asensi)

About military orders

What makes me think and some topics on which I want more information is about the different orders that you mention

  • Templar
  • Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem
  • Antonians


Just like it happens when you read The Da Vinci CodeAll the symbology that allows obtaining information from the environment seems very interesting to me. Shells, goose legs, octagonal buildings, etc.

Templars and Valencia, Sagunto, Camp de Morvedre

I like to bring the different knowledge that I am acquiring to the local environment and around me.

In this way and after seeing for example the way they had to identify Templar buildings by their octagonal shape, I wonder.

  • Are there Templar buildings where I live?
  • Are there studies on it

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