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The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple

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The Order of the Temple was founded in 1119 with the limited aim of protecting pilgrims around Jerusalem. It developed into one of the most powerful corporations in the medieval world which lasted for nearly two centuries until its suppression in 1312. Despite the loss of its central archive in the sixteenth century, the Order left many records of its existence as the spea ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published September 29th 1995 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1993)
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Apr 25, 2016 Suzannah rated it really liked it
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The only conspiracy theories you'll find in this history of the Templars are the ones dissected in the last chapter, which come accompanied by an assortment of what I believe the kids these days are calling "sick burns". As always, Barber is detailed, careful, and meticulous in recounting and weighing the historical facts: he doesn't just tell you what the primary sources say, he also weighs them up and discusses their biases. This detail and carefulness doesn't make for the most accessible poss ...more
Sergio ruocchio
Jan 01, 2015 Sergio ruocchio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
completo e ben descritto, la vera storia dei templari , spiegata senza "veli"
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it it was amazing
Extremely Detailed. Painstaking research w/ references,

Barber has proven that he has a gift for at least 2 things: research and writing based on research.
This is probably the most concise history of the Knights Templar ever written. Barber has an extensive bibliography and footnote reference section at the end of the book that covers writings I, a long-time Templar lore lover, had not yet stumbled upon. The list provides even more topics for me to cover, which is great in itself.
Barber has prese
Loredana La Puma
Jun 27, 2012 Loredana La Puma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi
Un po' di fatti... finalmente
Se pensate che in ogni mistero irrisolto e in ogni congiura possibile e immaginabile ci sia lo zampino dei Templari... allora non comprate questo libro. Trattasi infatti di un'attenta e precisa ricostruzione, basata su fonti squisitamente storiche, dell'ascesa e del declino dei Templari, delle cause che li portarono a essere il più potente ordine religioso-militare del proprio tempo e su quelle che li condussero alla rovina, ma senza spazio per voli pindarici o ipote
N.W. Martin
Apr 26, 2015 N.W. Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the top of the field at the moment. Barber synthesizes the Order's code with an examination of how they evolved and acted in Europe and the East. Overall, if you want the most detailed, most complex and most balanced account of the Templars, read Barber's research!
Daniel Duval
Nov 26, 2014 Daniel Duval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the caveat of being an amateur history buff, this comes across as a comprehensive and thorough history of the Knights Templers Order. Obviously an academic labor of love but more suited to the advanced history major than the general public. I found the last chapter most interesting regarding the myths and perceptions that have surrounded the famous order.
Probably the definitive history of the Knight's Templar by one of the world's experts on the order.
A must read for anyone with an interest in the crusades, Barber's book starts with the origins of the Knights Templar in the insecurity situation of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and ends with the Templars life after death in popular culture down to our own day.

Readable and the ideal companion to his The Trial of the Templars.
Steven Wadzinski
Nov 19, 2015 Steven Wadzinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just on beginning of this book and it goes into a lot of the overall detail of the Templar organization and how they were related to the social movements and other monastic/crusading orders or the time (Teutonic, Hospitaliers)
Nov 04, 2008 Old-Barbarossa rated it it was amazing
Read this ages ago. Remember it being very informative and not too heavy a read. Will probably re-read after Tyerman's "God's War".
Nov 27, 2011 Taddow rated it liked it
Comprehensive historical book about the formation and history of the Knights Templar. A little slow reading though.
Dec 26, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
The facts and not the myths.
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British historian who specialised in the Knights Templar. Professor of Medieval European History at the University of Reading for many years until his retirement.
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