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 history of the Knights Templars is a remarkable story of triumphs and defeats, marked with controversies and tragedy.  From their rise to their demise, Charles G. Addison captivatingly chronicles the various characters that played a role in shaping this powerful military order that reigned for almost two centuries during the Middle Ages.

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The history of the Knights Templars is a remarkable story of triumphs and defeats, marked with controversies and tragedy.  From their rise to their demise, Charles G. Addison captivatingly chronicles the various characters that played a role in shaping this powerful military order that reigned for almost two centuries during the Middle Ages.

Having examined scores of documents and texts, and traveled to many of the ruined fortresses and castles of the order, Addison was an expert on the Templars’ history. He insightfully details their plight in this volume, first published in 1842. Starting with the origins of the brotherhood, the foundations and ideals of the order, and their chosen symbol of the red cross, the author explains their role in protecting pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, their feats during the Crusades, the relationships they held with various kings and church leaders, their contributions to protecting Europe from Turkish conquest and preserving Christianity in Europe and Asia, and their tragic end: stripped of their lands, tortured, and burned at the stake.  

Addison provides a clear and comprehensible account of this great religious and military fraternity of knights and monks that will engross anyone interested in their history and the Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616088460
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
495,904
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Charles G. Addison was an English barrister and historical,
travel, and legal writer during the nineteenth century. He is the author of Damascus and Palmyra, The Temple Church, and two legal textbooks, A Treatise on the Law of Contracts and Wrongs and their Remedies, and A Treatise on the Law of Torts. He lived in England.

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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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