The Templars
A major new history of the knights Templar—holy warriors, bankers, priests, heretics—by the bestselling author of The PlantagenetsJerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really and what actually happened?In this groundbreaking narrative history, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets for the first time in a generation tells the true story of the Templars, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who united Syria and Egypt to drive all Christians out of the Middle East. They were experts at channeling money across borders, immune from taxation, and beyond the control of kings. They established the medieval world’s first global bank and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.Then, in 1307, bogged down in a faltering war in the Middle East, the order fell foul of the king of France. On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings, but were they really heretics? Dan Jones goes back to the sources to tell their story, often in their own words. At once authoritative and compulsively readable, The Templars brings their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, to life.

The Templars Details

TitleThe Templars
Author
ReleaseSep 19th, 2017
PublisherViking
ISBN-139780525428305
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Historical, Medieval, Religion

The Templars Review

  • Geoffrey
    January 1, 1970
    (Note - I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley). Dan Jones (author of recent greats such as "The War of the Roses" and "The Plantagenets") delivers yet again with another absolutely spectacular work, and possibly his best to date. From their humble origins to their great fall, from Jerusalem to burning pyres in France, Jones takes readers through a grand history of the Knights Templar. His is a chronicle that offers focuses not merely on the military exploits of these legenda (Note - I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley). Dan Jones (author of recent greats such as "The War of the Roses" and "The Plantagenets") delivers yet again with another absolutely spectacular work, and possibly his best to date. From their humble origins to their great fall, from Jerusalem to burning pyres in France, Jones takes readers through a grand history of the Knights Templar. His is a chronicle that offers focuses not merely on the military exploits of these legendary knights in the Holy Land, but also by extension covers in fine detail the vast commercial empire that they built in the west and made them such tempting targets at their end, and nearly the full history of the Outremer Crusader states. In other words, his history is a fully and magnificently comprehensive one, and as usual for his works is presented in a way that does not overwhelm the reader with the sheer breadth of information packed in its pages, but rather keeps them fully engaged with his captivating narrative style. After being utilized for countless pseudo-histories and conspiracy theories of every shape and size, the Templar Knights now have a written champion in the this book, which does them and their order full justice. In a passionately-crafted work built on historical sources and not mere speculation or shoddy, biased-from-the-start scholarship, Jones shows that the Templars don't need mystery or myth to make them objects of interest. Their genuine history is clearly more than enough to keep their memory alive and make them rightfully remain a focus of fascination and enthusiasm long after their passing.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank NetGalley for a preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Templars by Dan Jones delivers a heck of a lot of information in a highly readable format. I started out knowing very little about the Templars and now I know more than I ever really wanted to know. But that is a good thing. I like the style which is clean and easy to follow. For those who want more information, there are copious footnotes to lead the reader to more information on particular topi I would like to thank NetGalley for a preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Templars by Dan Jones delivers a heck of a lot of information in a highly readable format. I started out knowing very little about the Templars and now I know more than I ever really wanted to know. But that is a good thing. I like the style which is clean and easy to follow. For those who want more information, there are copious footnotes to lead the reader to more information on particular topics. Jones does a good job of dispelling all the Templar lore that is out there. I was a little sad because who doesn't like a religious conspiracy theory or two? So the Templars are laid pretty bare here. And I learned a lot about the Crusades in general and also how the church interacted with different kingdoms. All in all, definitely worth the time.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Okay, hands up, I may have let out an excited squeak when I got the email to say I'd won the latest book by Dan Jones. He's one of the great current historians bringing the past to a wider audience and reminding this little history nerd how interesting the past can be. Here he turns his attention to the Templars and medieval troubles in the Middle East. Totally unbiased, totally fascinating. Well worth a read.
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  • Colin Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting book as an introduction to the Templar history however I did find that parts were dominated with lists of dates and names. Written in a chronological manner but lacked, for me any depth of analyses until the final chapter. Just Ok probably 2.5.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    The TemplarsThe Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriorsby Dan JonesPENGUIN GROUP VikingVikingHistoryPub Date 19 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of The Templars through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley:In Jerusalem in the year 1119 a small group of knights after the first crusade set up a new order in hopes of finding a new purpose. This small group became the first Knights of the Templar and were a band of elite warriors were prepared to give their lives to protect Christian Pilgrims o The TemplarsThe Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriorsby Dan JonesPENGUIN GROUP VikingVikingHistoryPub Date 19 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of The Templars through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley:In Jerusalem in the year 1119 a small group of knights after the first crusade set up a new order in hopes of finding a new purpose. This small group became the first Knights of the Templar and were a band of elite warriors were prepared to give their lives to protect Christian Pilgrims of the Holy Land for the next two hundred years.The author points out that Christian Pilgrims had been visiting Jerusalem since at least the fourth century.At the time of the Templars violence between the Christian, the Jewish and the Muslims was commonplace.We learn too that the Knights of the Temple were founded between January 14 and September 13 of 1120.The Templars were in part body guards and part Paupers.We learn too that in the 1130's and 1140's the Templars flooded into Spain. In 1147 a time of violence was upon them once again, this became known as the second crusade. The Templars had invested a great deal in the second crusade. They had marched Louis VII through Asia Minor and propped his crusade up through enormous loans.In the winter of 1149-1150 Gaza began to stir.This groundbreaking Narrative History by the author of The Plangenets tells the true story of The Templars for the first time in a generation. This book tells us about how The Templars established the Medieval World's first global bank and how they threatened war to anyone who went against their interest.By 1307 bogged down by a faltering war in the Middle East, the Templars fell foul of the king of France. On October 13 hundreds of brothers were arrested imprisoned, tortured and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual acts and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican, but many question whether they were really herectics. I give The Templars five out of five stars.Happy Reading!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    A highly readable history of the humble beginnings,rise to power and wealth and the swift and tragic fall of the ancient Order of the Templars. Author Dan Jones divides the history into three parts. First "The Pilgrims" where we see the humble beginnings of a loosely knit group of religious men dedicated to offering safe passage to pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. Then "The Soldiers" tells about the coalescence of the Order into a fighting force to lead the Crusaders to a conquest of The A highly readable history of the humble beginnings,rise to power and wealth and the swift and tragic fall of the ancient Order of the Templars. Author Dan Jones divides the history into three parts. First "The Pilgrims" where we see the humble beginnings of a loosely knit group of religious men dedicated to offering safe passage to pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. Then "The Soldiers" tells about the coalescence of the Order into a fighting force to lead the Crusaders to a conquest of The Holy Lands in the East including their major battles and the atrocities. "The Bankers" section speaks of the rise of power and wealth as the Order began to align itself with the politics of Europe and the Popes. Finally "The Heretics" tells of the swift and tragic fall of the Order as it became too enmeshed with the European Royalty, their debts and their political scheming.All in all a terrifically researched, well written, clear and concise history and compelling reading. Highly recommended
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  • Sarah -
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fantastic read. Dan Jones has once again shown why he's one of the best historians writing today.See my full review at http://allthebookblognamesaretaken.bl... or www.facebook.com/AllTheBookBlogNamesA...+++++++++++++++++I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THIS ONE AND YES I AM AWARE I AM SHOUTING BUT I'M NOT EVEN SORRY.Okay, now that that's out of my system, I will attempt to wait ever so patiently for this one to be released, and for Dan Jones to come to the US to sign it for me.*****************So g Such a fantastic read. Dan Jones has once again shown why he's one of the best historians writing today.See my full review at http://allthebookblognamesaretaken.bl... or www.facebook.com/AllTheBookBlogNamesA...+++++++++++++++++I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THIS ONE AND YES I AM AWARE I AM SHOUTING BUT I'M NOT EVEN SORRY.Okay, now that that's out of my system, I will attempt to wait ever so patiently for this one to be released, and for Dan Jones to come to the US to sign it for me.*****************So good. So, so good. Full review to come.
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! If I hadn't known that George RR Martin was inspired by The War of Roses – I'd be sure he's gotten all of his material from the Knights of Templar! This is as informative as it is entertaining, nonfiction you cannot believe is true!
  • Hasso von Moltke
    January 1, 1970
    As my first book by Dan Jones, I found this book superb. It was a solid overview of the Templars' history. Jones was able to cast the Templars in a multifaceted light throughout their history. He doesn't pull any punches about their vainglorious, foolhardy, or horrific episodes, yet I was still getting worked up and sympathizing with the Templars by the end of the book at their ignoble fall to the Inquisition and the machinations of Phillip IV.Jones excels when dealing with the intricate politic As my first book by Dan Jones, I found this book superb. It was a solid overview of the Templars' history. Jones was able to cast the Templars in a multifaceted light throughout their history. He doesn't pull any punches about their vainglorious, foolhardy, or horrific episodes, yet I was still getting worked up and sympathizing with the Templars by the end of the book at their ignoble fall to the Inquisition and the machinations of Phillip IV.Jones excels when dealing with the intricate politics of medieval Western Europe, Syria, Egypt, and the Levant. The vast cast of characters from Frederick II to Baybars are all given their time in the spotlight, assessing not just their strategies, but the motives behind their campaigns in the "holy land." French monks, German pilgrims, Turkic slave-soldiers, Spanish monarchs, and of course the cast of Templar masters, senschals, marshals, brothers, and scribes are all combined into a flowing and enlightening portrayal of the holy wars between Christendom and Islam in the middle ages. It left me wanting to dig deeper into the lives of the vast array of individuals separated from us by centuries. This is where Jones shines, particularly in the martial and political struggle for Jerusalem.The one flaw is that Jones is less adept at making the more economic side of the era equally palpable and enjoyable. He will occasionally just list Templar landholdings and banking practices without really making this as compelling as the rest of the work, although this is admittedly a more difficult task.Since I have an advanced copy with no maps or illustrations I can't speak to the quality of any graphics in the work.In summation, I was very pleased with this work and although I have studied the crusades and military orders to some degree, I learned quite a bit from his work and it has inspired me to did into some of the figures and events that he has brought to my attention.I received this book from goodreads' giveaway program.
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  • Breakaway Reviewers
    January 1, 1970
    The shocking truth would prove the Templars innocent.The Templars - short for the Poor Knighthood of Temple - were poor, but wealthy, setting up the financial institutions funding the never-ending crusades against the Muslim invaders of the Holy Land. They were also merciless against these enemies. They swore their allegiance to the Pope and his successors, not the kings or other nations. The Templars were founded by Hugh of Payns in the humble beginning (1109). St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote the The shocking truth would prove the Templars innocent.The Templars - short for the Poor Knighthood of Temple - were poor, but wealthy, setting up the financial institutions funding the never-ending crusades against the Muslim invaders of the Holy Land. They were also merciless against these enemies. They swore their allegiance to the Pope and his successors, not the kings or other nations. The Templars were founded by Hugh of Payns in the humble beginning (1109). St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote the original rulebook telling the noblemen to abandon their possessions including their spouses and join the order. Their main job was to protect the pilgrims visiting Jerusalem against the bandits and cutthroats before the invaders arrived. Saladin was the most famous Muslim warrior and invader of the Holy Land and sometimes merciful to his enemies despite being ruthless. The Muslims were not the only main enemies. Later came the infamous French king and the weak Pope.This book is one of the best narrative histories about the Templars I have ever read! Loving this!Caesar13Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review
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  • Craig Pearson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for providing this book!The manuscript provided by the publisher was difficult to read because the electronic version had many distortions in format. The editorial notes were left in the version I received.It was very difficult to keep track of the various characters and locations that were presented in the book. The timeline was also hard to visualize causing confusion with what was happening when. The book was otherwise relatively readable. Jones gives great insight into th Thanks to NetGalley for providing this book!The manuscript provided by the publisher was difficult to read because the electronic version had many distortions in format. The editorial notes were left in the version I received.It was very difficult to keep track of the various characters and locations that were presented in the book. The timeline was also hard to visualize causing confusion with what was happening when. The book was otherwise relatively readable. Jones gives great insight into the politics of the period and the life and times of the people caught up in Templar activities.
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  • Louise Scholl
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads give away. It's a gift for my husband, and he is going to love it.
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.A very well written history. I was engaged throughout and was impressed by the writing of this book.
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