The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors by Dan Jones

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Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really and what actually happened?

In this groundbreaking narrative history, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets for the first time in a generation tells the true story of the Templars, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who united Syria and Egypt to drive all Christians out of the Middle East. They were experts at channeling money across borders, immune from taxation, and beyond the control of kings. They established the medieval world’s first global bank and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.

Then, in 1307, bogged down in a faltering war in the Middle East, the order fell foul of the king of France. On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings, but were they really heretics? Dan Jones goes back to the sources to tell their story, often in their own words. At once authoritative and compulsively readable, The Templars brings their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, to life.



Title : The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
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ISBN : 0525428305
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Reviews


Geoffrey rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

(Note - I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley). Dan Jones (author of recent greats such as "The War of the Roses" and "The Plantagenets") delivers yet again with another absolutely spectacular work, and possibly his best to date. From their humble origins to their great fall,...


Jan rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2017

I would like to thank NetGalley for a preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Templars by Dan Jones delivers a heck of a lot of information in a highly readable format. I started out knowing very little about the Templars and now I know more than I ever really wanted to kno...


Marjolein rated it ★★★★☆

October 08, 2017

Full review to come!


Colin rated it ★★★☆☆

September 17, 2017

An interesting book as an introduction to the Templar history however I did find that parts were dominated with lists of dates and names. Written in a chronological manner but lacked, for me any depth of analyses until the final chapter. Just Ok probably 2.5.


Jo rated it ★★★★☆

September 19, 2017

I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Okay, hands up, I may have let out an excited squeak when I got the email to say I'd won the latest book by Dan Jones. He's one of the great current historians bringing the past to a wider audience and reminding this little history ner...


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2017

The Templars The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors by Dan Jones PENGUIN GROUP Viking Viking History Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of The Templars through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley: In Jerusalem in the year 1119 a small group of knights after the first crusade set up...


Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

September 19, 2017

A highly readable history of the humble beginnings,rise to power and wealth and the swift and tragic fall of the ancient Order of the Templars. Author Dan Jones divides the history into three parts. First "The Pilgrims" where we see the humble beginnings of a loosely knit group of religious men d...


Sarah - rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2017

Such a fantastic read. Dan Jones has once again shown why he's one of the best historians writing today. See my full review at http://allthebookblognamesaretaken.bl... or www.facebook.com/AllTheBookBlogNamesA... +++++++++++++++++ I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THIS ONE AND YES I AM AWARE I AM SHOUTING BUT I...


Jillian rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2017

Wow! If I hadn't known that George RR Martin was inspired by The War of Roses – I'd be sure he's gotten all of his material from the Knights of Templar! This is as informative as it is entertaining, nonfiction you cannot believe is true!


Samantha rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2017

The Crusades and in particular, the Templars, are subjects that have long fascinated me however are not subjects that I have ever really invested all that much time into reading about. I’ve read a few books here and there, have visited Templar sites both here in England and over in Portugal – but...





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