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The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven

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• An examination of the interactions of the Christian Knights Templar and their Muslim counterparts, the Assassins, and of the profound changes in Western society that resulted.

• Restores the reputation of the secret Muslim order of the Assassins, disparaged as the world's first terrorist group.

• Dispels many myths about the Knights Templar and provides the most
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Destiny Books
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Lani Barcenas
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
I really loved reading this book. It made me understand the Muslim-Christian conflict better. I have always been fascinated with the Templars. And this book is a very enlightening historical account of the creation and demise of the Temple of Solomon.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
A well researched compilation of other books with an interesting resulting theory...,

This book is a very good broad historical account of the templars and the assassins. It is an overview of each of the secretive orders and the effects that each had on the times in which they existed; the crusades. Wasserman then draws from these two societies to create his theory of the creation of secularism and the rise of occult groups present today.

Wasserman is a member of an occult group, "Ordo Templi
Jun 22, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a book with an interesting topic treated with an inconsistent writing style. I picked up the book for the history of the Templars, and got the history of the Assassins as a bonus. When presented side by side, the parallels between the two invite comparison and a better illustration of the strengths and weaknesses of each. The Templars section, however, tried to be too much of a fast-forward overview of the Crusades and sometimes forgot that it was supposed to be emphasizing the Templars ...more
Dustin Duncan
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super interesting and respectable research. Modestly written - seemingly unbiased claims are always refreshing to read. Really cool history of the more serious practices that went on behind the scenes. He does a good job encompassing other world events around the topic.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history, non-fiction, usa
"The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven," attempts to tell the story of these legendary religious orders, which still feature heavily in conspiracy lore and occult theory in popular culture (such as the popular "Assassins Creed" video game). I was interested in learning about them from the perspective of the esoteric and mythical, to come to a better understanding of where these stories originated, but author James Wasserman focuses more heavily on their known history and ...more
Teo Monk
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Writing this in retrospect, since I read this book quite some time back, I appreciate it for the really great information shared and the historical context within which these two orders came to be.

Even more so for the fact that it unveiled the history of Hashashins for me before the first 'Assassin's Creed' game came out.
Darin Bishop
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read and excellently written. The author is obviously biased but still produced a wonderful manuscript about the Islam faith and the Crusaders who fought both against each other and with each other to obtain their overall goals.
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
For once, a book on templars and assassins that is based on historical facts and not the romantic notions. Wasserman gives the subject a fair, if drab, historical treatment. The result is a fairly detailed account of several centuries of the Muslim and Christian holy warriors.
Wasserman starts with a rather fascinating account of the socio-political situation in the late first and early second millennia. The birth and rise of Islam, the austere measures imposed by the Roman Church and the
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book a 4/5 but wish it could be 3.5/5.

The first half of the book, which deals with the Assassins reads as a well balanced indepth look at the secret organization that captured the imaginations of western Europe and had a hand in the development of the Middle East. The section on the Assassins reads almost like historical fiction, with the interpersonal trials and tribulations of individuals within the order set against the larger world landscape of the middle east. The section
Roland Volz
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: conspiracy
I'm pretty sure this book started off as a college-level thesis for the author, James Wasserman, who's an occultist living in NYC. It seems to be extremely well-researched and refers copiously to other reference works, always a good sign in a Conspiracy book.

Wasserman examines the culture of Islam and the Holy Land just prior to and during the Crusades, in an attempt to support his thesis that the Assassins and the Knights Templar strongly influenced the form of most modern esoteric secret
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
On the one hand, I did learn a lot more about the histories of the Templars and the Assassins than I expected. On the other hand, the author's opinions at the beginning and end of the book were worthy of eye-rolling and not necessary. You can easily skip both parts and miss nothing but some secret society fanboy-ing and conspiracies.

That said, the author has a good deal of knowledge on the actual subject of the book. There are a lot of names and dates, so if you don't know the first thing about
R. Jones
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
You could be interested in history, and the Third Crusades, and Assassins and Knights Templar, and still find this a tiresome book. It's the writing style. It just waterboards you with dry fact after fact; even interesting sections are painfully difficult to enjoy. I guess it's worth reading if you have it already, and don't have anything else to do. But man, don't spend money on this book.
Rahul Mallar
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Great information on the Secret Societies of the middle ages.
Very detailed
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Can you believe I can't find this book!?! Ok, don't answer that .

Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Good introduction to medieval culture in Europe as well as basic Islamic history. Would recommend to anyone interested in the Crusades.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting book about the Nizari Shiite sect of Islam and the Templar order of Crusaders.
Steven Van Neste
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
For the most part a quick and simple excursion concerning the Templar Knights and the Nizari Ismaili.
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James Wasserman (b. 1948) is an author and occultist, best known for his full color publication of the Papyrus of Ani, Book of the Dead. A member of Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976 and a book designer by trade, he has written extensively on spiritual and political liberty.

James Wasserman began his career in 1973 at Weiser Books, then the world’s largest bookstore and publishing company