From Michael Haag, bestselling author of The Templars: The History and the Myth, comes The Tragedy of the Templars, an exciting new look at the rise of Templar power and the saga of their destruction.
Founded on Christmas Day 1119 in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar was a religious order dedicated to defending the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims in the decades after the First Crusade. Legendary for their bravery and dedication, the Templars became one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies of the medieval world—and the chief defenders of Christian society against growing Muslim forces.
In The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States, Haag masterfully details the conflicts and betrayals that sent this faction of powerful knights spiraling from domination to condemnation.
This stirring and thoroughly researched work of historical investigation includes maps and full-color photographs of important cultural sites, many of which doubled as battlefields during the Crusades.
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About the Author
Historian and writer Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical,and Medieval worlds. He is the author of The Templars: The History & the Mythand Alexandria: City of Memory, a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster, and LawrenceDurrell in the city, as well as travel guides to Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. He livesin London.
Table of Contents
The Mediterranean on the Eve of the Crusades x-xi
Outremer: Crusader territory in the Holy Land xii
Crusader Jerusalem xiii
Part I The Middle East before the Crusades 7
1 The Christian World 9
2 The Arab Conquests 19
3 Palestine under the Umayyads and the Arab Tribes 28
4 The Abbasids and the Arab Eclipse 45
5 Byzantine Crusades 58
6 Muslim Wars and the Destruction of Palestine 63
Part II The Turkish Invasion and the First Crusade 71
7 The Turkish Invasion 73
8 The Call 89
9 The First Crusade 102
Part III The Founding of the Templars and the Crusader States 119
10 The Origins of the Templars 121
11 Outremer 145
12 Zengi's Jihad 158
13 The Second Crusade 172
Part IV The Templars and the Defence of Outremer 191
14 The View from the Temple Mount 193
15 The Defence of Outremer 206
16 Templar Wealth 224
Part V Saladin and the Templars 233
17 Tolerance and Intolerance 235
18 Saladin's Jihad 253
19 The Fall of Jerusalem to Saladin 275
Part VI The Kingdom of Acre 287
20 Recovery 289
21 The Mamelukes 309
22 The Fall of Acre 323
Part VII Aftermath 331
23 Lost Souls 333
24 The Trial 344
25 The Destruction of the Templars 362
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Publishers Weekly: "Throughout, the book suffers from one-sidedness: the author consistently characterizes the Muslims as brutal and vengeful" So because it depicts the Muslims of the time as HOW THEY ACTUALLY WERE, its one sided.. Only in the warped indoctrinated mind of a liberal book reviewer would that make sense. I suppose it 'escaped' this reviewers attention the reason the crusades were launched, the attacks against christian pilgrims and relentless attacks on the Byzantine empire on top of slave raiding by muslims on Italy and the Balkans; on top of the beyond brutal attacks and conquests of Hindu territory that most people seem to ignore or excuse.