The Templars : The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades Paperback
The dramatic, ultimately tragic history of the Knights Templar, the largest and most powerful military order of the Crusades. Sifting myth from history, Piers Paul Read reveals the Templars - the multinational force of warrior monks, in their white tunics with red crosses over chainmail.
They were not only unique among Christian institutions but constituted the first uniformed standing army in the western world and became pioneers of international banking.
Expropriated by Philip IV of France in 1307, and confessing under torture to blasphemy, heresy and sodomy, the Order was finally suppressed by Pope Clement V in 1312.
In a narrative that incorporates the story of the crusades and the many colourful characters who had links with the Templars, Piers Paul Read examines the question of their guilt and identifies their relevance to our own times.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, 16, 7 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/08/2000
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780753810873
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Review by DinadansFriend
Three stars because PPR is a good craftsman, not because I fully endorse his ideas. This book has potted Histories of Christianity and Islam, is short on Outremer & Extramadura, and then good stuff on the trials and the Holy Grail sillies.