The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple

The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple

by Malcolm Barber
     
 

The Order of the Temple was founded in 1119 with the limited aim of protecting pilgrims around Jerusalem. It developed into one of the most powerful corporations in the medieval world which lasted for nearly two centuries until its suppression in 1312. Despite the loss of its central archive in the sixteenth century, the Order left many records of its existence as the… See more details below

Overview

The Order of the Temple was founded in 1119 with the limited aim of protecting pilgrims around Jerusalem. It developed into one of the most powerful corporations in the medieval world which lasted for nearly two centuries until its suppression in 1312. Despite the loss of its central archive in the sixteenth century, the Order left many records of its existence as the spearhead of crusading activity in Palestine and Syria, as the administrator of a great network of preceptories and lands in the Latin west, and as a banker and ship-owner. Because of the dramatic nature of its abolition, it has retained its grip on the imagination and consequently there has developed an entirely fictional 'after-history' in which its secret presence has been evoked to explain mysteries which range from masonic conspiracy to the survival of the Turin Shroud. This book offers a concise and up-to-date introduction to the reality and the myth of this extraordinary institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521558723
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Canto Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
466
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Chronology
List of Grand Masters of the Temple
1Origins1
2The concept38
3The rise of the Templars in the east in the twelfth century64
4Hattin to La Forbie115
5The last years of the Templars in Palestine and Syria148
6Templar life179
7The Templar network229
8The end of the Order280
9From Molay's curse to Foucault's Pendulum314
Notes335
Bibliographical orientation394
List of references399
Index420

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