The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States

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Profile Books, Nov 1, 2012 - History - 433 pages
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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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Review: The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States

User Review  - Abraham Gustavson - Goodreads

"Many ruins of castles and houses, which testify that this country, however it be neglected at present, was once in the hands of a people that knew how to value it, and thought it worth defending ... Read full review

Review: The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States

User Review  - Tomislav Karlović - Goodreads

Easy reading, with many facts, but not too scholarly written. Greatest plus - puts the Crusades in wider context from the 7th Century, not as some new conquest. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical and Medieval worlds. He is author of a dozen books, notably Alexandria: City of Memory, a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster and Lawrence Durrell in the city, and of The Templars: History and Myth.

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