The Templars (Google eBook)
The first history of the legendary knights since the Vatican momentously released the records of their trial and exoneration
Who were the Templars?
The Knights Templar were founded on Christmas Day 1119, on the very spot in Jerusalem where Jesus Christ was crucified. A religious order of fighting knights, the Templars defended the Holy Land and Christian pilgrims in the decades after the First Crusade. Legendary for their bravery and dedication, the Templars became one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies of the medieval world—until they were condemned for heresy two centuries after their foundation, when the order was abolished and its leaders were burned at the stake.
In The Templars, renowned historian Michael Haag investigates the origins and history, the enduring myths, and the soaring architecture of an enigmatic order long shrouded in mystery and controversy. The hand of the Templars, many believe, can be found in everything from Cathar heresy to Masonic conspiracies, and the Knights Templar still inspire popular culture, from Indiana Jones to Xbox games, to the novels of Dan Brown.
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Review: The Templars: History & MythUser Review - Michael - Goodreads
There are so many myths and, frankly, misinformation in print and cinema about the organization of crusader knights called the Knights Templar that I no longer knew what to believe. So I was looking ... Read full review
Review: The Templars: History & MythUser Review - Lord Nikon - Goodreads
Here's the thing. As others have said, as an amateur at learning about the Templars (and moreover the Crusades), thus is a great entry-level book. It's compelling, and filled with the right ... Read full review
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