The Templars

The Templars

The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

eBook - 2017
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An instant international bestseller, this major new history of the knights Templar by the bestselling author of The Plantagenets is "another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist."--The Guardian. Jerusalem, 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really and what actually happened' In this groundbreaking narrative history, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. They were experts at channeling money across borders. They established the medieval world's first global bank and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests. Then in 1307 the Templars fell foul of a vindictive King of France, whose lawyers built a meticulous case against them. On Friday October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and publicly humiliated. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state' Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2017
ISBN: 9780698186439
0698186435
0525501290
0525428305
9780525428305
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations, maps

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Feb 04, 2018

Excellent book about the Holy Warriors of the Medieval age. Dan Jones covers all the religious orders; the Templars, the Hospitallers, the Teutonic Knights and includes all the main characters of the Crusade era; Richard the Lionheart, Saint Louis (King Louis IX), Saladin. Dropped half a star because the book is quite dense (very detailed) but worth reading if you enjoy history. Great reminder, that politics and religion (church and state) should be kept separate. Now I need to read the Accursed Kings series again by Maurice Druon. A fictional account of the era. The first book, The Iron King starts off with the burning of a Templar knight at the stake and political drama associated with it - great series!

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GummiGirl
Dec 10, 2017

An excellent history of the Templars and the Crusades more generally, in the context of larger political and religious trends.

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