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Here is a complete account of one of the strangest phenomena of Medieval history: The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ, the Knights of The Temple of Solomon- more popularly known as The Knights Templar. In their brotherhood, the Knights united two conflicting medieval ideals, for they were both monks and warriors, committed to God and commited to war. Charting the rise and fall of The Order, tracing the lives and deaths of its members, examining the motives of its supporters and opponents, Stephen Howarth cuts through the myths and legends and sets out the true historical facts.
The First Crusade and the Birth of the Temple The Temple in Europe The Kingdom beyond the Sea The Temple i n Europe (Part 2) Conspiracy and Arrest The Heresy of Innocence The Infernal Sacrifice
Posted December 1, 2011
The book is an easy and captivating read right from the start. The author makes captivating the story of the crusader states and the Templars part within said states.
If you've no background of the crusader states and the Templars, this is a very good starting point to get you up to speed on the history of the aforementioned.
I am not a well versed historian of the era or the topic, so I cannot attest to the accuracy of all the facts and opinions, but take it is a good beginner book.
My only issue with the book is that there is no map of the region of the crusader states and you'll have to find yourself a map to keep in place all the places mentioned.
Posted November 7, 2008
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