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The Real History Behind the Templars

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The medieval historian who revealed The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code uncloaks the Templars.

In the year 1119, these noblemen found their calling as protectors of the faithful on a dangerous pilgrimage to newly conquered Jerusalem. Now, historian Sharan Newman elucidates the mysteries and misconceptions of the Templars, from their true first founding and role in t
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Berkley (first published 2007)
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May 10, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Absolutely brilliant. It's well set out and cuts through absolute mountains of dubious information about the Templars (and helicopters :-)! ) to bring the reader the straightforward no frills history. It's clear and simple. But easy to read doesn't mean under-researched or basic, not one bit. It has detailed references and understanding in depth which is distilled for the reader into handy chapter subjects. There's a chapter on the assassins for example, one on the grand masters with biographies ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
I have never really looked into the Templars and thought I should find a book that helps give a good introduction to the Templars. After reading this book, it fulfilled my needs and then some. It not only gave historical references, but it also discussed the myths about the Templars and whether there was any accuracy to the myths. Sharan Newman was not afraid to dispel events that weren't accurate based on historical data, but she also knew when to leave events "open" that didn't have any histor ...more
Daniel Casey
May 24, 2015 Daniel Casey rated it it was ok
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less interesting and scholarly than I had hoped & more History Channel's Ancient Aliens-esque
Igor Terleg
Nov 30, 2016 Igor Terleg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a series of more or less disconnected short chapters with no chronological or probably any other order; as such, it reads as a poorly written high school textbook. It could still be valuable though if it were a trustworthy, well-researched work - but is it? I have my doubts. Sharan Newman stresses throughout the work the importance of footnotes and critical reading. Well so she gets it.

She claims, for instance, that:
recently some imaginative writers have decided that “Holy Grail”—Sa
Sep 15, 2009 Mephistia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Awesome. Just. Awesome. I love a good history book, as people who know me at all know. Even more than that, I love a well-written, engaging, yet thoroughly researched and reliable history book. She had footnotes throughout the entire thing. The last two pages of every chapter were nothing but footnotes. I have a four-page list of to-read books gleaned from this book alone. I am in heaven.

Oh, and the book? Interesting, informative and well-written. I love how she presented the information in a we
Apr 02, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
"This book is an attempt to give the known facts about the Knights Templar, from their beginnings in 1119 or 1120 to the dissolution in 1312 and beyond." The order's purpose was to "defend the poor and the churches" of the Holy Land from the Saracens or Moslems of the Arab peninsula. They believed that by fighting the infidel and protecting the pilgrims visiting the holy sites they would gain remission of their sins and have the hope of heaven. Over the years legends have swirled around the Temp ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Wayne rated it really liked it
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Mar 22, 2016 Derek Baker rated it really liked it
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Fascinating. The history is pieced together as historian should do it -- and written in a way that you can see how historians have to evaluate sources when piecing together what really happened.
Since you've 'heard' about the Knights from popular fictional sources ... this is a good read.
Melisende d'Outremer
This is a very basic coverage of the Templars, their history, their fate, their mythology.

But just one tiny annoyance for me: Adela of Blois was the daughter of William the Conqueror. King Henry I of England was her brother!
Dana Stabenow
Jan 26, 2010 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it
Really useful collection, expertly vetted and written in contemporary prose of all the extent information on the Templars. The chapter on the Assassins is going to greatly inform the assassin character in Silk and Song.
Anton Zolotarjov
Provides a well documented and fact-based overview of the history of the Knights of the Temple. This book may lack action and drama, but is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in what really happened to the Order of the Temple.
Sep 08, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
As the title states, this is the real history behind the Templars. It is well researched and cites many primary sources. The chapters are nice and short too, so you won't get bogged down!
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Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

Rather than teach, Newman chose to use her e
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