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The Rise and Fall of the Knights Templar: The Order of the Temple 1118-1314 - A True History of Faith, Glory, Betrayal Hardcover – May 1, 2006


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(Location:Princes Risborough, Bucks) is a writer and artist with a keen interest in the culture of Middle Ages who has devoted several years to exploring the mysteries of the Templars.
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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862271992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862271999
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 6, 2004
The Rise And Fall Of The Knights Templar by writer, artist, and medieval history expert Gordon Napier is a truly remarkable work drawing upon all that contemporary historical research can assemble concerning this ancient knightly order's heyday, its participation in the Crusades, and its ultimate decline to the point that Philip the Fair, King of France, would accuse them of monstrous crimes and heresies, thereby unleashing the lethal forces of the Inquisition against them. A well-researched, in-depth, scholarly account that seeks to draw as balanced an interpretation as possible from the legacy of evidence and testimonies that has survived the centuries, The Rise And Fall Of The Knights Templar will prove a valued addition to collegiate Medieval Studies collections and wonderfully accessible to non-specialist general readers with an interest in the fabled Knights Templar.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Igor Shpak on August 5, 2005
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I've read several books on Knight Templars. This books provides an outstanding historical view into their lives and history. Many books claim them to posses mystical powers. This books explains some of the stories that are attributed to Templars, but with a clear explanations and without creating any sensations. A must have for anybody who is interested in Freemasonry and Knight Templars in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baelmyrrdn on November 2, 2006
The Rise And Fall Of The Knights Templar by Gordon Napier is a meticulously researched, well written examination of the rise and fall of one of the world's most mysterious groups: The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon.

Within the context of this work, Mr. Napier displays an impressive array of talents; his deft handling of the topic leads us through the knight's tragic story with both a scholar's passion for research, as well as an artist's flair for detail. So whether you are a serious student of Templar History, or just looking for a good, solid over-view of this topic, I recommend this book highly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nsfilms on August 3, 2006
This book is very easy to read and well thought-out. Mr Napier expertly introduces you to the myriad of influences on both sides of the Crusades, from the call of the First Crusade to the fall of Acre. Finally, he takes the reader through the events that led up to, and after, the arrests and imprisonment of the Templars in 1307. Perhaps the greatest things the author brings to this book is his own obviously extensive research and also what must be a keen interest. Although the topics can be overwhelming, he takes his time to ensure that the reader has a firm grasp of concepts. A great addition for anyone from history buffs to acomplished scholars.

Amazon may have a shipping problem but I can't reflect that in my score... the book holds such a wonderful blend of simplicity, yet substance... two BIG thumbs up. Well worth the wait!
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