Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
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Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades

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Over the last 1000 years the bloodiest game of king-of-the-hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior-monks who occupied the sacred Mount in the aftermath of the butchery of the First Crusade. Recruited to a life intended to lead only to martyrdom, they were totally dedica...more
Hardcover, 494 pages
Published January 15th 1992 by M. Evans and Company (first published January 1st 1991)
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Paul Childs
This was an excellent book. It does cover the Templars in some detail, but I think this seems more like a broad history of the whole Crusader era. The lives and politics of popes, kings, Templars and sultans is covered in some detail.

There are whole sections of the book that talk about everything but the Templars it seems, but these chapters are just as interesting and fit the wider scope of the book really well.

Robinson tells a pretty good story and the book doesn't read like a fact filled his...more
Carolyn
Very dense, very informative historical gloss on the formation of the Templars, not to mention the political underpinings of the crusades for Christian and Muslim. I have to say that having read this purely factual account,based on medieval records, it's baffling that so many truly bizarre conspiracies have their roots in the Templars, whose grand masters were just as worldy and susceptible to temptation as anyone else. If they'd managed to carry off God's worldly treasures, they would have done...more
Jamie Etwas
Historical accounts written in nearly a novel form, including plot twists, side stories and little bias (respect to many groups discussed). The author includes background and "meanwhile" type facts without breaking from placing the reader in a "you are there" mindset - something rarely approached or attained in non-fictional historical accounts.
Mark
Reading Dungeon, Fire, and Sword is like watching a horrifying train wreck: you can't avert your eyes from the shocking reality of just how terribly bad the site really is. Not because Robinson's writing is poor; He writes a compelling story about the Knights Templar. It's just the subject matter! He not only relates the history well, but also the surrounding context of the Crusades, helping the reader see the events unfold with a clear perspective of all the intrigue, greed, and murder that acc...more
Kione
Mar 11, 2008 Kione rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who REALLY wants to know.
Before all these lame ass Templar type books and books about the secret brotherhood shit craze came about because of the movie and book Da Vinci Code there was:
Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades

No glam or mystery.
No heroics.
No shout for freedom.
No speech to rally those on the brink of defeat.
No rescues of maidens.
No nothing of the kind.
Man at his worst.

This is not a history book about religion, politics, culture, or war. But a history book about the sin of men who hide...more
Traci
Fascinating topic; it is content like this that reminds me that greed, corruption and intolerance are not new societal concepts. The behaviors that existed then and still exist today - in the name of religion - are horrifying.

While the topic had a lot of interest for me and the author clearly is an expert on the subject, the book, at times, read like a history text book. There were portions that were incredibly challenging to follow given the very large number of individuals and places introduc...more
'Aussie Rick'



Well looks like its all been said already, this is a great book, it covers not only the Order of the Knights Templar but the Crusades as well, what more could you ask for? The narrative is rich with history, people and places and the author conveys the times well. This is a great story and leaves you wanting to know more about these people and the times in which they lived. A well presented and easy to read account, buy a copy and enjoy!
Lloyd Mustafa
The best I have read on the Crusades and the Knights Templar. In this book one learns that the old cut-and-dried Crusaders vs. Moslems narrative is not completely accurate, with sometimes surprising alliances, and chivalrous behaviour amid the slaughter. The story of how the mysterious order of the Templars met their end in a brutal European power play is an eye-opener as well. Extremely well-written.
Amy Wolf
A really excellent history of the role of the Templars in the Crusades: to say it was significant is a mammoth understatement. It wasn't all Dan Brown hocus-pocus and piles of riches: Saladin had a number of Templars decapitated after a decisive battle -- these men fought bravely and to-the-death for a bizarre goal: to free an empty tomb from infidels.
Melissa Cuevas
A firm, solid, historical work that is definitely a good read. It's not easy to find books on the Knights Templar that aren't focused on the whole secret society, conspiracy theory angle. This is a very fine example of a work that strives to be historically accurate and ignores the hype.
Kyle
This is a very comprehensive book on the history of the crusades and the knights templar. Not a lot of conspiracy stuff here, with exception to the last chapter which he makes very clear and feels like a separate part of the book entirely.
Aaron
Aug 03, 2007 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in the history of the Crusades
This book is very well written, and is able to provide a lot of information in an accessible way. This is the story of the Knights Templar, and their role in the Crusades. This book is a must for anyone who is interested in this time period.
Shelly
Everything you wanted to know about the crusades! Really interesting. Well written.

I'm done reading it for now. I'm not through it, but I'm putting it on my "reference books" list instead of my "read-through-it-from-cover-to-cover" list.
Jeanne
I read this book 5 yrs ago but never finished it, so I will do that as soon as I find it :)
It was slow reading--the author writes like a professor and filled it with so many facts that my mind became tired reading it.
Fredrick Danysh
The Knights Templar have almost a mythical status. This work discusses the advent of this religious military order, its role in the Crusades, and its fall on a Friday the thirteenth.
Paul
Re-read it just to remind myself how much of basterds we've always been, regardless of any distinction. Read it, and realize how little the textbooks tell about anything.
Tom Fogarty
It's a history book that reads like a work of fiction. Compelling and comprehensive history of the Knights Templar and the Crusades. Highly recommended.
Chad
I've read this book twice, it's a really entertaining read! I've read that there are a lot of historical inaccuracies throughout the book.
Antigone
Thorough, cogent, vast in scope. An oddly amateur manner of telling the story, but damn if he doesn't get the job done.
Michele Brown
Well balanced and fair representation of the Crusades, told from many perspectives, Muslim and Crusader and others.
Linda
Awesome book...really gives a lot of history about the knights in a readable, novel-like format.
Charles Murray-Todd
Standard Templar history. Kinda hard to get through though.
Rudy
Good stuff, one of the first history books I ever read.
Shannon
Best history book - a must read-
Thomas Müller
What a fantastic, driven read.
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John J. Robinson was an American author and historian, best known as the author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, which was originally intended as a book about the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, but instead traced the fall of the Knights Templar, which he connected to the rise of Freemasonry. As a result of his research for this book, he became more interested in Freemasonry and subseq...more
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