The Templars

The Templars

The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

Book - 2017
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A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525428305
Branch Call Number: 271.7913 JONES
Characteristics: xvi, 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm


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Feb 04, 2018

Excellent book about the Holy Warriors of the Medieval age. Dan Jones covers all the religious orders; the Templars, the Hospitallers, the Teutonic Knights and includes all the main characters of the Crusade era; Richard the Lionheart, Saint Louis (King Louis IX), Saladin. Dropped half a star because the book is quite dense (very detailed) but worth reading if you enjoy history. Great reminder, that politics and religion (church and state) should be kept separate. Now I need to read the Accursed Kings series again by Maurice Druon. A fictional account of the era. The first book, The Iron King starts off with the burning of a Templar knight at the stake and political drama associated with it - great series!

Dec 10, 2017

An excellent history of the Templars and the Crusades more generally, in the context of larger political and religious trends.


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