The Templars: History & Myth

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Profile Books, 2008 - Military religious orders - 368 pages
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An order of warrior monks founded after the First Crusade to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars developed into one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world. Yet two centuries later, the Knights were suddenly arrested and accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, their order was abolished, and their leaders burnt at the stake. Their dramatic end shocked their contemporaries and has gripped peoples' imaginations ever since.This new book explains the whole context of Templar history, including, for the first time, the new evidence discovered by the Vatican that the Templars were not guilty of heresy. It covers the whole swathe of Templar history, from its origins in the mysteries of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem through to the nineteenth century development of the Freemasons. The book also features a guide to Templar castles and sites, and coverage of the Templars in books, movies and popular culture, from Indiana Jones to the Xbox360 game Assassin's Creed.

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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

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User Review  - dswaddell - LibraryThing

A really good reference book giving the background, history, myths, and references to other works of the Knights Templar including recent historical discoveries. An education read. Read full review

Contents

The Temple of Solomon
17
The New Christian Empire
41
The Muslim Conquests
49
Copyright

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Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical and Medieval worlds. He is author of the much-admired Alexandria: City of Memory Yale UP), and of bestselling Rough Guides to Tutankhamun and The Da Vinci Code.

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