The Templars: Knights of Christ

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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...
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Overview

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, RĂ©gine 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586173029
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 599,795
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Great historical narrative of a little known group of knights

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    short, but all facts, no off topic, all templars. Ive read it 3 times

    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

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