The History Of The Knights Templars

The History Of The Knights Templars

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by Charles G. Addison
     
 

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The vulgar notion that the Templars were as wicked as they were fearless and brave, has not yet been entirely exploded; but it is hoped that the copious account of the proceedings against the order in this country... will tend to dispel many unfounded prejudices still entertained against the fraternity, and excite emotions of admiration for their constancy and courage

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The vulgar notion that the Templars were as wicked as they were fearless and brave, has not yet been entirely exploded; but it is hoped that the copious account of the proceedings against the order in this country... will tend to dispel many unfounded prejudices still entertained against the fraternity, and excite emotions of admiration for their constancy and courage, and of pity for their unmerited and cruel fate.

Hard-to-find in print, this history of the elusive sect of military friars and their contributions to the romantic history of the last millennium is a fascinating look at one of the most secret of secret societies. Writing in the mid 19th century, British barrister CHARLES GREENSTREET ADDISON (d. 1866) explores:

. origin of the Templars
. the gallant action and high discipline of the Templars
. the extraordinary privileges of the Templars
. the vast holdings of the Templars in England
. quarrels with the King of England
. Richard the Lionheart's relationship with the order
. the conquest of Jerusalem
. "rack-extorted confessions"
. and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602068223
Publisher:
Cosimo
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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History Of The Knights Templars 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
CosmoUSAF More than 1 year ago
The detail is minute. I have read several short accounts of the group, but nothing as close to "first hand" as this. The work gives a multitude of references to support the author's deductions about the Knights. He pretty much substantiates the Knights got screwed by the later Pope and the Kings in order to get their money and possessions that were given to them by the Popes and the Kings that previously supported them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Knights Templars started out as holy men loyal to Rome, but as often happens, they grew greedy and corrupt in Palestine. The Templars amassed great wealth through one of the first systems of profit banking, though usury was and is forbidden by the Catholic Church. Finally, after being infiltrated by other profiteers in the Holy Land, they presumed to use their wealth to command the Pope himself, and extort kings and queens in other lands. So they were disbanded and excommunicated, after which they fled and because they had such skills building castles and banking houses, joined the masons guilds. They quickly influenced the guilds and soon became a secret society dedicated to the overthrow of Catholicism in revenge for their excommunication. They became known as Freemasons. They continued their banking and used their wealth to buy kings and queens to do their bidding, and evil men to infiltrate the Church posing as priests, to try to destroy her from within. They use these tactics to this very day. The reader is wise to recognize these things.
rwmt52 More than 1 year ago
This was dry reading. It reads like a text book. With that said I enjoyed the readind and recommend it as formal and enlightning. I believe that the writter would have been better to give input as to the battles that took place. The author had mind made up that the templers were bad to begin with, and by discribing the lossing battles and in most cases left out the winning battles. You must approach the book as politically correct, but not wholly accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting
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