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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 ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published September 29th 1995 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1993)
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Well you know what it is like, you turn up in a country, kill loads of people, create a colonial regime, then as tourists and pilgrims start to turn up it turns out that the surviving locals just will not accept Progress and murder them when they can - oh, the ingratitude. The world cries out for heroes, and there comes a time when a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do: take holy orders, gird his loins and ride about on a warhorse in unforgiving climates.

That at least for Barber was how it all
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barber has written himself into the position of the de facto historian of the Templar order, and this book just seals it. I won't deny that I didn't actually enjoy reading this book very much, though this was due largely to the fact that I had to rush through it for a class. Nevertheless, the density of this book can be both a blessing and a curse to the overall goal of writing a definitive and highly details the history of the Templar order. Malcolm Barber demonstrates his ability as a ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably very useful for a serious student of medieval history, but overwhelming for the layman by its sheer amount of names and events that are not quite introduced. The dry writing does not help either. The book shines whenever it does not strictly follow chronology, so the chapters on the concept of the Templar order, Templar life Nd the Templar network are the strongest part.
Jul 04, 2012 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
Sergio ruocchio
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
completo e ben descritto, la vera storia dei templari , spiegata senza "veli"
Loredana Puma
Jun 27, 2012 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
Daniel Duval
Nov 07, 2014 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.
Steven Wadzinski
Aug 28, 2015 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)
N.W. Martin
Apr 26, 2015 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!
Probably the definitive history of the Knight's Templar by one of the world's experts on the order.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The facts and not the myths.
Nov 04, 2008 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 rated it liked it
Comprehensive historical book about the formation and history of the Knights Templar. A little slow reading though.
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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.