The Templars (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Nov 10, 2009 - History - 384 pages
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The first history of the legendary knights since the Vatican momentously released the records of their trial and exoneration

Who were the Templars?
What was the secret of their wealth and power?
Why did the pope and the king of France act to destroy them?

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 & Myth

User 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 & Myth

User 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

Contents

IntroductIon
11
the temple of Solomon
17
the new chrIStIan empIre
41
the muSlIm conqueStS
49
the fIrSt cruSade
63
The Rise 1099 to 1150
87
the Second cruSade
111
The Power 11501291
125
Accusations and Defamation
218
The Pope Acts
224
The Aftermath
239
conSpIracIeS
251
Locations
283
europe
307
Portugal
314
Templarism
327

merchant BankerS
137
SaladIn and the templarS
155
Jerusalem Again
184
Catastrophe at La Forbie and the Seventh Crusade
191
The Fall of Acre
200
exIle from the holy land
207
further readIng
347
weBSIteS
353
Index
359
chronology
375
pIcture credItS
383
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Historian and writer Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical,and Medieval worlds. He is the author of The Templars: The History & the Mythand Alexandria: City of Memory, a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster, and LawrenceDurrell in the city, as well as travel guides to Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. He livesin London.

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