The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons

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Harper Collins, Nov 10, 2009 - History - 384 pages
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Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—The Templars by Michael Haag is fascinating reading.

 

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User Review  - Nandakishore_Varma - LibraryThing

A sort of primer on Templar history... good for somebody like me who is a novice in the field. I think it may leave serious historians dissatisfied. I seemed to detect a subdued pro-Christian bias ... Read full review

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User Review  - autumnturner76 - LibraryThing

If you are new to Templar history, if you've just become fascinated by them and are looking for a good starter book, then I highly recommend. If you know a bit about them already, then this might come ... 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
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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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