The Knights Templar

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 1991 - Knights and knighthood - 321 pages
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Here is a complete account of one of the strangest phenomena of medieval history : The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ, the Knights of the Temple of Solomon--more popularly known as the Knights Templar. In their brotherhood, the Knights united two conflicting medieval ideals, for they were both monks and warriors, committed to God and committed to war. In the strict hierarchy of the feudal world, where every man owed loyalty and allegiance to his overlord, the Templars obeyed no one except the Pope. Acquiring land and castles by gift conquest and purchase in every part of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, they became a church within the Church--a state within the State. They were bankers, merchants, diplomats and tax gatherers and though themselves poor, the wealth of their order was legendary. They led the Crusades against Moslem States of the East, yet when their order was destroyed in 1314, its enemies were not Muslims but Christians. Individually and as a group they were accused of heresy, treachery, sodomy, usury, blasphemy, idolatry and a number of unspeakable sins. Pope Clement to whom the Order owed complete allegiance described them as 'horrible, wicked and detestable'. This book charts the rise and fall of the Order, tracing the lives and deaths of its members and examining the motives of its supporters and opponents.
  

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User Review  - Dick - Goodreads

I just finished a book that was a real surprise to me. This book which is authored by Stephen Howarth was loaned to me by a man of the same name who is my neighbor who is not the author. Yeah I know ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ivan Bigney - Goodreads

Booooooooooring. But I knew that before I picked it up. Good book for rote research. Read full review

Contents

The Masters of the Order of the Temple in Jerusalem
THE FIRST CRUSADE AND THE BIRTH
19
Strangers and Pilgrims
47
Hugh
62
Omne Datum Optimum
77
Living Waters
95
The Ideal Saracen
118
The Horns of Hattin
145
Castle Pilgrim
193
Dead Waters
213
The Quartermasters of the Crusades
233
Philip the Fair
251
The Celebration of Perfidy
264
The Heresy of Innocence
277
The Infernal Sacrifice
294
13
313

Lions Heart
157
The Devils Doctrine
179

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