Dungeon, Fire, and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades

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One of the most magnificent books... putting it down is almost impossible. —Ocala Star-Banner

Over the last thousand years the bloodiest game of king-of-the-hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior-monks who occupied the sacred mount in the aftermath of the First Crusade. Robinson clearly explains the diffences among the ...

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Overview

One of the most magnificent books... putting it down is almost impossible. —Ocala Star-Banner

Over the last thousand years the bloodiest game of king-of-the-hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior-monks who occupied the sacred mount in the aftermath of the First Crusade. Robinson clearly explains the diffences among the Templar's enemies and friends in this incredible expose.

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Founded in 1119 shortly after the first crusade to defend those areas of the Holy Land conquered from the Muslims, the Poor Knights of the Temple, or Knights Templars, were a manifestation of the new zealous piety of the 12th century. Their name derives from the site, supposedly near Solomon's temple, given them by Baldwin, king of Jerusalem; the Templars' lifestyle, combining the anti-Muslim and quasi-monastic ideals of the day, brought them respect and enormous wealth in the 12th century. By the late 13th century, however, Europeans' loss of the Holy Land undermined the Templars' prestige at the moment when King Philip IV of France coveted their wealth, and he had them suppressed. Based entirely on secondary sources, many of them dated, rife with inaccurate and misleading information, this is not a sound treatment of either the crusades or the Templars. The general reader for whom the book is intended will learn more from Karen Armstrong's Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World ( LJ 2/15/91). Not recommended.-- Bennett D. Hill, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871316578
  • Publisher: M.Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 688,209
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.66 (d)

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    A not-so-boring book on history.

    Reads more like an action/adventure story than a history book. Lack of citations in the text is not a good thing, regardless of how much of research is done. Great for someone interested in a great story, rather than a boring history book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Brilliantly written

    Robinson has created a historically factual book while weaving together words to make the book flow very gracefully. The book is easy to read and will keep you wanting to know what will happen in both the Templaric order and the Crusades. A great book to read for people at any level and can be read for fun or for learning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Great read

    John J. Robinson¿s account of the Crusades is a fascinating history of an incredible time. Overall, Robinson has done a lot of research on the subject and has written a wonderful introduction of Templar history. Dungeon, Fire, and Sword is an excellent read, especially if you want a deeper knowledge of the Crusader years. The only big disadvantage is that John J. Robinson rites the book more of a fantasy writer than a historian, and therefore sometimes changes not all in response to the historical facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    A thoroughly enjoyable book

    Books like this often invite scholarly criticism over the selection of the source material, the interpretation of the material, the conclusions of the author and other esoteric points. I lack the credentials to comment on those things. But, taken at face-value, this book does, by following the history of the Templar order, manage to bring a coherency and continuity to a tumultuous period in history. It recounts tales of courage and cowardice, honor and betrayal, faith in the cause and expediency, nobility and avarice that are beyond any imaginings of a Hollywood scriptwriter. And we see the roots of conflicts between Christian, Muslim, and Jew that plague the world to this day.

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    Posted January 14, 2009

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