The Templars

The Templars

The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

Large Print - 2017 | First large print edition.
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A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780525501299
0525501290
Characteristics: large print
695 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Pilgrims, c. 1102-1144
A golden basin filled with scorpions
The defense of Jerusalem
A new knighthood
Every good gift
Part II. Soldiers, 1144-1187
A tournament between Heaven and Hell
The mill of war
The godforsaken tower
Power and riches
Troubles in the two lands
Tears of fire
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
Part III. Bankers, 1189-1260
The pursuit of fortune
Nowhere in poverty
Damietta!
Animosity and hatred
Unfurl and raise our banner!
Part IV. Heretics, 1260-1311
A lump in the throat
The city will fall
At the Devil's prompting
Heretical depravity
God will avenge our death
Epilogue: the holy grail.
Summary: A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.

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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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