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The Knights Templar By Stephen Howarth,

  • Title: The Knights Templar
  • Author: Stephen Howarth
  • ISBN: 9780002164528
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The age of the crusades complex, battle torn fiercely pious encompassed the rise fall of an Order of fighting men, equally devoted to God, war the defense of Palestine Here s a meticulously researched absorbing history of that order The Knights Templar joined together in 1118, shortly after the 1st Crusade had swept thru the Holy Land stolThe age of the crusades complex, battle torn fiercely pious encompassed the rise fall of an Order of fighting men, equally devoted to God, war the defense of Palestine Here s a meticulously researched absorbing history of that order The Knights Templar joined together in 1118, shortly after the 1st Crusade had swept thru the Holy Land stolen Jerusalem from Islam In the strict hierarchy of the feudal world, where every man owed loyalty allegiance to his overlords, the Templars obeyed none except the Pope Acquiring land castles by gift, conquest purchase in every part of Europe the eastern Mediterranean, they became a church within the Church, a state within the State They were bankers, merchants, diplomats tax gatherers They themselves were poor The wealth of their Order was legendary Were the Templars, as St Bernard said, worthy of all the praise given to men of God, or, as Pope Clement V said, horrible, wicked detestable Drawing on a variety of original source material, Stephen Howarth assesses the faults fine qualities of the brotherhood, examining the reasons for its initial allure eventual, ignominious obliteration Brilliantly elucidating to a wide audience understanding of the chaotic age that pitched Richard Coeur de Lion against Saladin Christian against fellow Christian.
    The Knights Templar The age of the crusades complex battle torn fiercely pious encompassed the rise fall of an Order of fighting men equally devoted to God war the defense of Palestine Here s a meticulously researched

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    1. I ve read a score of books which touch on The Knights Templar, many of them relaying speculations about the treasures of Solomon including, by some accounts, the Ark of the Covenant itself found when they took possession of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem or repeating the slanders of the accusers from the Holy Office Inquisition and French throne who condemned them for heresy and sodomy or imagining them to be a secret gnostic order or attributing to them the discovery and possession of the Grail [...]

    2. I just finished a book that was a real surprise to me This book which is authored by Stephen Howarth was loaned to me by a man of the same name who is my neighbor who is not the author Yeah I know that is strange But that is another story.I thought that I would speed read it, right I mean I have read a lot of Masonic history and have a number of books on my book shelves Speed reading this book will not work It is way too full of hard facts 12th century history to run through it I took world hist [...]

    3. Most of this book I considered a good, and refreshingly unbiased, history of the Templars from their founding and through the Crusades to their end in France The volume is full of facts I found interesting and enlightening, especially during the years when the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem remained in existence Unfortunately, the time of the Templars covered in this book was not so precise The Templars are referred to as 5000 in France with all of them successfully arrested on the order of Phil [...]

    4. Well written and a good summary of a long, complex history It forcefully reminded me of how far the current middle east conflict can be traced through time and geography It also reinforced my understanding of how much horror can and is perpetrated in the name of god.

    5. A solid history of the rise and fall of the Knights Templar which eschews all the newagey nonsense that has been attached to the Templars and sticks to historical facts By extension it is also a nice introduction to the story of the Crusades.

    6. The Knights Templar by Stephen Howarth it THE most comprehensive and seemingly accurate book on the Knights Templar I have every picked up It s a history book that reads like a fantasy novel as with most stories of the Templar , however, Howarth has really done his homework, and I will use this book as a reference from now until the end of time on any Templar writing While it s hard to substantiate many occurrences and tails from the the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the bibliography for The [...]

    7. Clear and surprisingly easy to read The long list of names gets confusing now and then, as is true of most history books, but I found this author s style to be very comprehensible, which is especially important when he is writing about a topic that is often a mess of myth and mayhem.

    8. You can t miss here that the Crusades were much complex than merely Christians fighting Muslims The Byzantines fight the Armenians, the Franks fight the Armenians and the Byzantines, the Muslims of Damascus ally with the Franks against those of Cairo, the Old Man of the Mountain plots against all, etc etc For this narrative alone the book is a worthy read, because it opposes the current pop and false narrative There are lots of pimary sources that would attest to them, but few are reading them [...]

    9. A good and interesting history of the Templars It was best when describing daily life as a Knight of the Temple of Solomon how they ate, how they conducted their daily prayers, how they initiated new members, etc but fell a little flatter when detailing the involvement of the Templars in the Crusades The ebb and flow of Templar History can kind of get lost amid the fluctuating Masters of the Temple, battles won and lost, and castles sieged and taken See a book like Reston s Warriors of God for a [...]

    10. The Knights Templar was, like other books about these crusaders, a story of not just the knights themselves, but of the times that they sprang out of, the period they fought over the Holy Land , and there sudden and vicious end.Most of the book is of a general history of the Crusades, for that is where most of the history about this group was made The Templars where the jihadis of their time, filled with their passion for Christianity they committed horrible acts for their faith in order to hel [...]

    11. This book was given to me by a former priest who had the longest list of prescription medications I have ever seen I used to wait on him during my waitering days and he would stay for hours at a time and when things died down at the eatery we would chat about any and all things Truly one of the great men.

    12. This is a good book on the history of the Templars While not comprehensive, it does a good job of providing an overview of the order and their actions during the Crusades I found it informative for someone who had not read comprehensive books on the subject

    13. Amazing history of the Crusades told through the beginning, the glory days and the final demise of the Knights of the Temple of Salomon An excellent read

    14. This isn t a romance novel, so don t expect it to read like one If you re looking for a solid background on the Order, this is a good book.

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