The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States
In 1187, nearly a century after the victorious First Crusade, Saladin captured Jerusalem. The Templars, headquartered on the Temple Mount, were driven from the city along with the Frankish population.The fall of Jerusalem was a turning point, the start of a narrative of desperate struggle and relentless loss. In little more than a century Acre would be destroyed, the Franks driven from Outremer, and the Templars themselves, reviled and disgraced, would face their final immolation. Michael Haag's new book explores the rise and fall of the Templars against the backdrop of the Crusader ideal and their settlement venture in Outremer. Haag argues that the Crusader States were a rare period when the population of Palestine had something approaching local rule, representing local interests - and the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin was a disaster. He contends that the Templars, as defenders of the Crusader States, were made scapegoats for a Europe whose newfound nationalism caused it to withdraw support for the Crusader venture. Throughout, he charts the Templars' rise and fall in gripping narrative, with their beliefs and actions set in the context of their time.
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The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader StatesUser Review - Book Verdict
Haag (The Templars: The History and the Myth) provides a thorough account of the Crusades, including the history of the Crusader states—known as Outremer—established by the Franks after the First Crusade. He expertly examines the Crusades from both the Christian and Muslim perspectives, drawing from contemporary chronicles, church records, and correspondence by Templars. Haag covers the motivations for the Crusades, why both Muslims and Christians wanted control of the Holy Land, and how the Templars were established—with the approval of Rome—as a fighting band of monks whose responsibility was to protect pilgrims visiting the area. He describes how the Templars became influential and, ultimately, extremely wealthy. With the fall of the Crusader states in the 1200s, secular powers sought to gain control of Templar assets. The Templar story is not at the fore of this work—Haag's real focus is the fate of Outremer, in which the Templars had a role. VERDICT This work will be of interest to general and specialty readers seeking an in-depth look at the Crusades and the importance of the Holy Land to both Western and Eastern groups. Further, it reminds us that this was a time not unlike our own in that religious intolerance created a dangerous environment for average worshippers no matter their creed.—Brian Renvall, Mesalands Community Coll., Tucumcari, NM
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Easy to read history of the Templars, the Crusades and the history of the period. As with many books needs more maps. Haag has a definite point of view regarding the Templars and their opponents. Some ...