The Real History Behind the Templars

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The medieval historian who revealed The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code uncloaks the Templars.

In the year 1119, these noblemen found their calling as protectors of the faithful on a dangerous pilgrimage to newly conquered Jerusalem. Now, historian Sharan Newman elucidates the mysteries and misconceptions of the Templars, from their true first founding and role in the Crusades to more modern intrigues, ...

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Overview

The medieval historian who revealed The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code uncloaks the Templars.

In the year 1119, these noblemen found their calling as protectors of the faithful on a dangerous pilgrimage to newly conquered Jerusalem. Now, historian Sharan Newman elucidates the mysteries and misconceptions of the Templars, from their true first founding and role in the Crusades to more modern intrigues, including:

- Were they devout knights or secret heretics?
- Did they leave behind a fantastic treasure-hidden to this day?
- How did they come to be associated with the Holy Grail?
- Did they come to America before the time of Columbus?
- Does the order still exist?

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Newman continues the line of reasoning she first shared in The Real History Behind The Da Vinci Code(2005). Unlike such popular works as Dan Brown's novel and Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince's The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, this is a meticulously referenced account of the documentary history of the Knights of the Temple of Solomon (i.e., the Knights Templar) from their inauguration circa 1120-25 C.E. until their dissolution in 1312 C.E. Newman investigates not just the records of the Templars themselves but also the larger events in which the Templars were enmeshed, and she ends by chronicling the lines of embellishment explored by later storytellers. Historical vignettes include treatment of such notable figures as Kurdish warrior Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and Philip II. This indispensable companion to current popular works in this area is recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Dann Wigner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425215333
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 431,053
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharan Newman is a longtime member of the Medieval Academy, has served on the advisory board for the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Barbara. Newman's medieval French mysteries have garnered Macavity, Agatha, and Anthony Award nominations, and she has won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical History.

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