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Pirates and the Lost Templar Fleet Paperback – February 25, 2015
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My main problem with it, however, is not so much the conspiracy theories themselves. Obviously, a conspiracist writer believes in conspiracies. That goes with the territory. My main problem is that the book also contain many purely factual errors.
For instance, Childress writes that the Seljuk Turks ruled their empire from Constantinople-Istanbul around the year 1090. Come again? In reality, the Seljuk Turks never conquered Constantinople. That was accomplished by the Ottoman Turks, but only in 1453! "Around the year 1090", Constantinople was still the capital of the Byzantine Empire, which was neither Muslim nor Turk. This is not a minor error. Indeed, it's common knowledge that Constantinople fell to the Muslims in 1453. At least it should be to writers of medieval history.
Childress further claims that the Templars set up the Kingdom of Jerusalem. But the Templars didn't even exist during the First Crusade! He writes that the Normans who conquered Sicily before the crusades were Templars. Once again: there were no Templars at that time.
Most of these factual errors have no direct bearing on the conspiracy theories advocated by the writer. But some do. Childress wonders why the Templars were founded at all.Read more ›
I have to speculate that with the hype over the Da Vinci Code and the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie (not to mention National Treasure), that the author has scraped together a bunch of disparate material in order to hit the market with a book that has some appeal to a wide audience. The book covers everything from world mapping Phoenicians to the Templars to the Middle-Eastern Assassins to Scottish Masons to the US war for independence and vague references to pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy.
I found the book to be entertaining reading, with a few chuckles, some LOLs and even one good ROFL. However, as a serious resource this book is lacking. My impression of the author's research methodology is: 1) formulate theory, 2) find supporting passages from other conspiracy theory authors, 3) claim theory is true. As an example, the author claims the Jolly Roger, skull and cross bones as a Templar symbol, ignoring the fact that the symbol dates from Roman times and most conventional historians like Peter Earle in his The Pirate Wars place the first recorded pirate use of the Jolly Roger at around 1700.
So, my recommendation is that there are so many good books on pirates out there with more substance, avoid this one, unless you are desperate to make some tenuous connection between the Templars and pirates
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very interesting read, if taken as the gathering of ideas and facts found by others and compiled into one book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter Faden
I enjoyed the book as it was an easy read full of information on the Templars,ancient seafarers,the Assassins and pirates in general but little on actually fighting Vatican... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles McCall
Few people are aware that the roman catholics operated a fleet of pirate ships based in Malta. Money from their criminal attacks on others was used to buy titles from kings in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bokhara
The author bounces around all over the place; the book needed a good proof reader. (Or maybe it had one and the comments were ignored? Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book theorizes that the Knights Templar naval fleet evaded the suppression of the Knights Templar in 1307, sailed away to parts or places unknown and then engaged in a secret,... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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This book is quite good. It offers different views on sea travel and piracy than are normally placed in the public's view. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Karlie Laumer
I'm halfway through and skimmed the rest. Sorry I didn't read these reviews before buying it on impulse when browsing at a bookstore. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Robert E. Branca