The Templars: Knights of Christ

The Templars: Knights of Christ

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by Regine Pernoud
     
 
For centuries, historians and novelists have portrayed the Knights Templar as avaricious and power-hungry villains. Who were these medieval monastic knights, whose exploits were the stuff of legend even in their own day? Were these elite crusaders corrupted by their conquests, which amassed them such power and wealth as to become the envy of kings? Indignant at the

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For centuries, historians and novelists have portrayed the Knights Templar as avaricious and power-hungry villains. Who were these medieval monastic knights, whose exploits were the stuff of legend even in their own day? Were these elite crusaders corrupted by their conquests, which amassed them such power and wealth as to become the envy of kings? Indignant at the discrepancies between the fantasies, on which "writers on history of every kind and hue have indulged themselves without restraint", and the available evidence, Régine Pernoud draws a different portrait of these Christian warriors. From their origins as defenders of pilgrims to the Holy Land to their dramatic finish as heretics burned at the stake, Pernoud offers a concise but thorough account of the Templars' contribution to Christendom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000719152
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
587,902
File size:
197 KB

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The Templars: Knights of Christ 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RiversBooks More than 1 year ago
A good read of history. Interesting, fast moving and very factual, but not boring or dry. Great insights to a time that many of us may not know much about. A great "I did not know that" book. Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want extensive in depth nitty gritty knowledge on the templars in a very small book, this is for you. Ive read book 4 times as long which in the title say they are writing about the templars and have found nothing nearand as on topic as this. In every other book on the templars they go through a timeline of the crusades then mention where the templars fir into it. This book mentions the policy,rules, member requirements (eg. only those who join as knights can be knights, other members of the ordr can be foot soldiers that travel with the knights, like squires and seargents.) The actual crusading accounts that happen are only the ones involving the templars with less than a paragraph informing you what lead up to the occurance. It gos through the foundation, grand masters. How saladine used to imprison the captured but kill templars and hospitallers on the spot. The author has a gift of staying on the point so well that all the facts come in through very short chapters, which most authors would take 3-4 of the chapters these size to cover as much ground