The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors

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Who were the Knights Templar? Were they warriors? Bankers? Criminals? Opportunists? Crusaders? Profiteers? Holy men? Or were they a combination of all of the above? Centuries of history — and creative reinvention — have seen the Knights Templar turned into everything from heroes and villains to shadowy forces that still play a role in the events of the modern day. But what is the real story?

The Templars faithfully strips away the legends and hearsay to look at the unvarnished history of the warrior brotherhood-turned-bankers-turned-public-enemy-number-one. And in doing so, Jones not only reveals a tumultuous journey for the men involved but the surprisingly fickle finger of fate, as the Templars saw stunning defeats at the hands of Saladin, Baybars, and later, the court of public opinion.

Loaded with maps and appendices to chart the various crusades as well as the numerous other activities and missions undertaken by the Templars throughout the stunningly brief history of the brotherhood, The Templars is a work of impressive depth, revealing vast research and insight as well as a staggering glimpse into how the complex relationships and cultural interactions of the time mirror modern tensions.

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Author Dan Jones
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 448 pages
Publisher Viking
Publish Date 2017-Sep-19
ISBN 9780525428305
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Issue May 2018
Category Historical Fiction


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