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The Templar Code For Dummies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

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    Don't let the 'Code' business fool you, or the Dummies name, for that matter. This is a smart, fast-paced, well-rounded introduction to the history, myths and legends of the Knights Templar. Entertaining, but ingeniously thorough, it breaks down the Templar story into digestible chunks. There's a thumbnail sketch of the Crusades themselves, then a detailed account of the formation of the Templar order. The authors explore the fall of the Templars with a 'Cold Case Files' approach that peels apart the accusations of the French King Philippe IV, his oafish tool Pope Clement V, and the moving of the Vatican to Avignon. They then pick through the bones of the many legends of the Templars, their treasure, their supposed flight to Scotland and God knows where else. The book is unique and unlike any other I've ever read because it also covers the Freemasons' legends that they were descended from the Templars, along with many other groups that claim to be the modern incarnation of the order. The Templars were closely tied to myths of the Holy Grail as well, and this book explores the Grail legends, which makes a nice segue to the treatment of the Order in 'The Da Vinci Code.' If Dan Brown's book is where you first learned of the Grail and the Templars, this book goes into detail about what Dan Brown took from history and what he made up. In a way the book has a certain schizophrenia. Da Vinci Code fever has been gone for a year, so the last 20% or so of this book misses the boat - unless you didn't know any of the history Brown plundered. Then, it's an eye opener. But it is unquestionably one of the best, concise works introducing the Knights of the Temple that is both intelligent and great fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Templar let down

    if you need infomation that isn't se repetitive get something else

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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