Secrets of the Knights Templar: A Chronicle 1129-1312 and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$21.54
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.95
  • Save: $5.41 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $3.36
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Secrets of the Knights Templar: A Chronicle 1129-1312 Hardcover – December 3, 2013


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$21.54
$14.82 $13.45
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Secrets of the Knights Templar: A Chronicle 1129-1312 + The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons + Sworn in Secret: Freemasonry and the Knights Templar
Price for all three: $49.48

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Year-End Kindle Daily Deals
Load your library with great books for $2.99 or less each, today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623650526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623650520
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Susie Hodge is the author of more than sixty illustrated nonfiction books, mainly on history and art-related subjects. Among her highly regarded works are Medieval Europe and The Forbidden City. She has also authored textbooks for the educational market, including Teaching History 11â??14 and Teaching History 14â??16. In addition, she writes for such prominent institutions as the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Customer Reviews

Pretty amazing if true.
Robin Simmons
With this wonderful book “Secrets of the Knights Templar” S. J. Hodge delves into the myths and reality surrounding the Order.
Michael P. Lefand
The book is very nice and it has some beautiful pictures/illustrations.
J. A. Hansen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Staats on November 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I eagerly awaited receiving this book.

When it arrived, I read it cover to cover in one evening.

Everything that I can say about the book is positive, but you might be disappointed. More on this later.

The book is absolutely beautiful in appearance. Nearly every page has some color picture or diagram, and there are many pages with several as well as some two-page, color spreads.

The writing is conversational. While the research is thorough and complete, the tone and diction of the book make it an easy and quick read. Ms. Hodge also covers topic of import to the Knights Templar that you might not read about in other books, e.g., the origin of the Templars' holy relics. The book covers the entire history from origins through dissolution and even onto 2001 when secret Papal documents from the 14th century were discovered shedding light on the Knights Templar.

OK, so, why would anyone be disappointed?

Ms. Hodge writes in a style very similar to another favorite author of mine, Martin Luther. Rev. Luther famously said, "say everything that you know for certain, and then stop!" Great advice!

That said, the reason that many readers will pick up this book is because of the lurid treatment that the Knights Templar received in popular literature like Dan Brown's pot boilers and semi-factual books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan.

Sadly, Ms.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Devey VINE VOICE on December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Take everything you've ever heard about the Knights Templar, edited for clarity, put together in a historical timeline, and add epic context of everything surrounding the mysterious order and discussion of people, events and places of the Dark- and Middle Ages, all with startlingly-colorful illustrations throughout. What do you get? Reader-friendly learning on every page. I was very pleased to get this book and feel expanded whenever I read it. Don't try to read it in one sitting, but take it in at a pace to absorb the history and times.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Lefand VINE VOICE on November 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
With this wonderful book “Secrets of the Knights Templar” S. J. Hodge delves into the myths and reality surrounding the Order. Starting with the Templar Knights founding Hodge presents a chronological narrative of the Crusades to the Middle East and the circumstances that led to creation of one of the most myth laden organizations associated with the Vatican.

The Knights Templar, also known as the “Order of the Temple,” was established in Jerusalem and their rule was approved by Pope Honorius II in 1128. This monastic Order was originally created to protect pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem from bandits who routinely slaughtered them as they crossed the Holy Land. These warrior priests would eventually be used to safeguard crusader finances and became a powerful military and financial organization throughout Europe. That is until April of 1312 when Pope Clement V would suppress the Knights Templar by issuing a series of papal bulls which officially dissolved the Order. Behind the dissolution was a series of political and religious motivations stemming from charges brought by the Church and King Philip IV of France. The leaders of the Order were found guilty and burned alive at the stake in Paris in 1314.

On almost every page in this oversize book Hodge includes an abundance of artwork and illustrations enabling the reader to more thoroughly experience the period of history involved in the telling.

“Secrets of the Knights Templar” is written in an easy to read style for the person who wants the basics of Templar Knight History along with an explanation of why some of the myths, secrets and symbolism associated with them came about. Hodge does this without becoming bogged down as a textbook on the history of the subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sanoe.net VINE VOICE on November 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Templar mythos is everywhere in pop arts today, whether it is movies, books, television or video games. It is with that in mind, that I selected S.J. Hodge's "Secrets of the Knights Templar."

I thought it would be fun read.

And it is that and more. It is actually a gorgeous coffee table style book that is fairly reasonable in price filled with color pictures and a history that covers pretty much everything from their start to their demise to the myths that have survived them.

It is that all-encompassing narrative that makes this book an interesting read with the pictures that accompany the text that makes it a visually enjoyable read. My favorite chapter is Chapter 4 Sacred Defense which goes into the property of the Templars and why they had the property that they had. The mix of art depicting the property as well as current photos of what was Templar property is an example of that nice mix of text and pictures.

All in all, I enjoyed this book a lot. It was both what I had hoped for and more than I expected.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?