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

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Harper Collins, Aug 13, 2013 - Religion - 448 pages

From Michael Haag, bestselling author of The Templars: The History and the Myth, comes The Tragedy of the Templars, an exciting new look at the rise of Templar power and the saga of their destruction.
Founded on Christmas Day 1119 in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar was a religious order dedicated to defending the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims in the decades after the First Crusade. Legendary for their bravery and dedication, the Templars became one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies of the medieval world—and the chief defenders of Christian society against growing Muslim forces.
In The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States, Haag masterfully details the conflicts and betrayals that sent this faction of powerful knights spiraling from domination to condemnation.
This stirring and thoroughly researched work of historical investigation includes maps and full-color photographs of important cultural sites, many of which doubled as battlefields during the Crusades.



The Arab Conquests
The Abbasids and the Arab Eclipse
Muslim Wars and the Destruction of Palestine
The Call
The Founding of the Templars and the Crusader States
Zengis Jihad
Templar Wealth
Saladins Jihad
The Fall of Jerusalem to Saladin
The Mamelukes
The Destruction of the Templars

The Templars and the Defence of Outremer
The Defence of Outremer
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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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