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This approach takes Read back into the Dark Ages and the context for the first Christian Crusade, which culminated in the capture of Jerusalem in 1099. In an attempt to hold on to Jerusalem and one of the holiest sites in Christendom, the Temple of Solomon, the Templars were formed as a strict religious-military order, committed to poverty, chastity, and the protection of pilgrims en route to the Holy Land. Read charts their rise to political and financial power and influence throughout Europe and the Holy Land, and their bloody (and ultimately unsuccessful) conflict with the forces of Islam over the subsequent two centuries. Read's account is painstakingly recounted, but often lacks the verve and pace demanded by the colorful cast of characters, including Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. The best sections of the book deal with the shockingly cynical destruction of the Order by Pope Clement V and King Philip the Fair in 1312, preceded by the torture and death of hundreds of Templars who had already fought bravely for the cross in the Holy Land. The Templars are fascinating, but in his attempt to avoid the more colorful and conspiratorial stories associated with the Order, Read's book may strike some as a little turgid, despite its admirable historical detail. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Okay well just to cut to the chase, the Templars were not that exciting. In fact, according to the author, the most interesting thing about them was that they really weren't that... Read morePublished 48 minutes ago by Persephone67
This is a poor book about the Templars. Its a better book about the Crusades. if you are looking for a book about the Templars don't waste your money on this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cjr
by far the most engaging and well documented history of these messengers of religious insanity. a must read for all those who believe they are the only ones with god's ear.Published 8 months ago by Old cat guy
This is a pretty good book on the medieval Knights Templar.Published 8 months ago by Joseph Johnson
Excellent read, learned many things I had not known about Tmplar history.Published 10 months ago by Joe Lawhorn
The Knights Templar were a contingent of men who responded to the Pope’s call to restore Jerusalem to Christendom. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eileen Shaw
I thought this was a really well-written, thoughtful and balanced book on the Templar legends. Its a subject that has attracted a lot of writings - and this is one of the best! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vijay Crishna
This book furthered my knowledge of the crusades and the religious orders that helped fight them. Intensive research and hard work produced an excellent and readable volume. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan