Corwin'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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Dec 06, 10

Read from November 21 to December 06, 2010

This is one of the least boring historical books I've read in a number of years. The author manages to explain very thoroughly a politically bewildering mess of a thousand years of Europe after the collapse of the Roman empire, describing the political and religious social background to the Templars and that was the background of their wars in and occupation of the Holy Land and that turned on them and led to their persecution and dissolution. It's a bit of a whirlwind read but I had little trouble keeping abreast of the names and places and there's a symmetry and continuity to the whole presentation that would make this equally excellent for use in a classroom as it is for recreational reading. Some diagrams of lineages and political relationships and timelines of events would be useful, however.
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