Dave's Reviews > Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades

Templars by Piers Paul Read
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Jan 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: religion, history
Read in July, 2009

I enjoy reading books that "fill in the gaps" in my understanding of history, and this one does exactly that. I didn't know much of anything about the Crusades of the twelfth through fourteenth centuries, and the history of the Templars is really a history of the Crusades. It turns out they weren't really such a mysterious organization as Dan Brown would relate in his novels, but they had a fascinating two centuries of influence, and a very bloody end, thanks to the Pope and the King of France. (sorry about the spoiler)

Piers Paul Read sticks to the facts, there really isn't much opinion here, so it can get a bit dry in spots where the main players on the stage are revolving and dying so quickly. Overall though, it's well-written and fairly easy to push through to the end.

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