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 - Goodreads
It was a fast read-all historical and scholarly. I enjoyed that part. I'm doing my genealogy on ancestry.com at the same time as reading this and I'd run into a distant grandparent listed on the page ... Read full review
Review: The Templars: History & MythUser Review - Chad Manske - Goodreads
As both a DeMolay and Freemason, I have always wanted to delve into the history of both orders but never found the right source. Haag's treatment of the Knights Templar and their worldly influence ... Read full review
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The Pope Acts
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Catastrophe at La Forbie and the Seventh Crusade
The Fall of Acre
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Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
Limited preview - 2010
The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
No preview available - 2009