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The Templars: Knights of God

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For nearly 200 years, until their suppression in 1312 on charges of heresy and magical practices, the Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon--better known as the Templars--were the most formidable and feared fighting machine in Christendom. Besides their military prowess they also possessed immense wealth and political power, becoming bankers and credit brokers ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Inner Traditions (first published 1986)
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GoldGato
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, autumn
The Knights Templar remain a fascinating part of medieval history, the most famous of the Crusaders. Their rise and horrible fall have been documented many times and this book approaches the subject with an academic ease.

They were the most ferocious of the Christian fighters, known more for their headlong courage than for any military genius. In fact, they lost more battles than they won. Nevertheless, the Templars began with an honest motivation to protect the European pilgrims who needed prote
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Dana Stabenow
Herewith The Knowledge I Have Gleaned:

The Knights Templar began in 1113 when Frankish knight Hugues de Payen volunteered his and nine (unless it was thirty) other knights' services to King Baldwin of Jerusalem to guard the safety of pilgrims traveling from where they landed on the coast to the Holy Sepulcher. Unless they were founded in Easter of 1119, when a group of pilgrims was massacred by Saracens. Unless you don't think they were really Templars until the Catholic church anointed them as
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Marley
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although the author, Edward Burman, says this is not an academic book, I think it is, but also very accessible.

I've been interested in the Templars forever, but for the last few years, due to one of my Somerset ancestors being a Templar who transferred to the Hospitaliers in 1312 after a somewhat brief imprisonment.

I was very happy that the "esoteric" elements of the Templars wwere not addressed except for the trials.The real history is so much more interesting. Also pleased that intra-christia
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Ellis Knox
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Yet another book on the Templars. It's respectable and readable.
Michael Romo
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Burman draws on contemporary chronicles, original texts and the immense secondary literature to portray the fascinating history of the Templars. This order of fighting monks became feared militarily and immensely wealthy. You could say that they operated more like a modern multinational corporation and this led to their suppression in 1312 on Friday the 13th. This day would live on in modern times of remind us of bad luck and it foretold the beginning of the end for the Templar order.
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, history
This is a history of the rise and fall of the Knights Templar. The work is speculative as few records are available from the Templars. The author attempts to document some sources through the use of numerous footnotes. I did not notice much new material that was not used in other histories of the Templars but still a good background brief.
Reggie
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I found this a very good book about the history of the Templars. The author does a good job of separating History from Mythology, of which there is quite a lot in regards to the Templars. Although I found the writing enjoyable, I agree with other reviewers in that this is not a "light read".
Linda
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a decent book to use as a research tool, but it's a real snoozer. The author managed to make a very interesting subject seem incredibly dull.
Marla
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: personal-library
(used book store find) Interesting, learned something new.
Alex
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