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

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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.
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'… the Templars evolved into one of the most powerful military forces of the Middle Ages. The story of their rise and sensational fall is the subject of this splendid book.' The Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521420419
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Canto Book Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,073,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Barber taught European medieval history at the University of Reading between 1966 and 2005. His special interests are the Templars, the Cathars and the crusades. He is the author or co-author of nine books.
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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Chronology
List of Grand Masters of the Temple
1 Origins 1
2 The concept 38
3 The rise of the Templars in the east in the twelfth century 64
4 Hattin to La Forbie 115
5 The last years of the Templars in Palestine and Syria 148
6 Templar life 179
7 The Templar network 229
8 The end of the Order 280
9 From Molay's curse to Foucault's Pendulum 314
Notes 335
Bibliographical orientation 394
List of references 399
Index 420
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