The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors




      The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
Jerusalem 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. Read The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors – heartforum.co.uk

Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award winning journalist His books, including The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, The Templars and The Colour of Time, have soldthan one million copies worldwide He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix Channel 5 series Secrets of Great British Castles For ten years Dan wrote a weekly column for the London Evening Standard and his writing has also appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, GQ and The Spectator.


      The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
 By Dan Jones IBN : 0525428305 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
  • Dan Jones
  • English
  • 11 December 2017
  • 0525428305

10 thoughts on “ The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

  1. Sean Gibson says:

    When you read non fiction, you hopefully learn something about the world around you if you don t, you might want to consider finding better non fiction to read, unless you re Stephen Hawking reading a Physics for Dummies book.Sometimes, though, you also learn something about yourself That something might be the fact that you scream...

  2. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    It was exactly a century since Hugh of Payns had established the Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem Those one hundred years had seen the Templars transformed from indigent shepherds of the pilgrim roads, dependent on the charity of fellow pilgrims for their food and clothes, into a borderless, self sustaining paramilitary group funded by large scale estate management Hugh of PaynsHUGH OF PAYNS, doesn t the name itself evoke some chainmail wrapped Conan the Bar It was exactly a century since Hugh of Payns had established the Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem Those one hundred years had seen the Templars transformed from indigent shepherds of the pilgrim roads, dependent on the charity of fellow pilgrims for their food and clothes, into a borderless, self sustaining paramilitary group funded by large scale estate management Hugh of PaynsHUGH OF PAYNS, doesn t the name itself evoke some chainmail wrapped Conan the Barbarian or He Man type character The order had certainly changed from the days of Hugh by the time of that fateful date of October 13th, 1307, but as I read through Dan Jones s account of their history, I m left with the feeling that, though they becamebankers than shepher...

  3. Diane S ☔ says:

    Often the end fails to equal the beginning Medieval proverbA proverb that perfectly chronicles the rise and fall of The Templars, a monastic order combined with the profession of the soldier Divided into four parts, the reader follows the Templars from the beginning when they were just small group, seeking approval and rules, from the Pope, to the end when they were rich and powerful Powerful and rich enough to become the object of a take down engineered by the French monarch, Phillip the Often the end fails to equal the beginning Medieval proverbA proverb that perfectly chronicles the rise and fall of The Templars, a monastic order combined with the profession of the soldier Divided into four parts, the reader follows the Templars from the beginning when they were just small group, seeking approval and rules, from the Pope, to the end when they were rich and powerful Powerful and rich enough to become the object of a take down enginee...

  4. Chrissie says:

    I knew very little about the Templars when I went into this book One s perception of a non fiction book is influenced by what you know beforehand and one s personal preferences I have found The Templars The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God s Holy Warriors to be informative, clear and well structured It moves forward chronologically, starting with the origin of the Order of the Knights Templar in 1119 the French knight Hugues de Payens spoke with King Baldwin II in Jerusalem about establishi I knew very little about the Templars when I went into this book One s perception of a non fiction book is influenced by what you know beforehand and one s personal preferences I have found The Templars The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God s Holy Warriors to be informative, clear and well structured It moves forward chronologically, starting with the origin of the Order of the Knights Templar in 1119 the French knight Hugues de Payens spoke with King Baldwin II in Jerusalem about establishing an order of men to assist and protect the pilgrims flowing into the Holy Lands Crusade by crusade, each siege and battle are depicted in detail The book concludes with King Philip IV s and Pope Clement V s crushing of the order during the years 1307 to 1314 By the third decade of the 14th century the order ceased to exist, except in myths and literature In the epilog, even this is discussed...

  5. Sumit RK says:

    Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto your name grant gloryThe Knights Templars is perhaps the most well known military order of the medieval era The Templars traces their origins in the aftermath of the First Crusade to their rise to spectacular rise as a feared respected elite military force in the Holy Lands the royal courts across Europe and to their eventual disbanding persecution almost 200 years laterNon nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto your name grant gloryThe Knights Templars is perhaps the most well known military order of the medieval era The Templars traces their origins in the aftermath of the First Crusade to their rise to spectacular rise as a feared respected elite military force in the Holy Lands the royal courts across Europe and to their eventual disbanding persecution almost 200 years later The Knights Templars, formed in 1119 by the French knight Hugues de Payens, as a small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade Their main purpose was to protect the Christian pilgrims visiting Holy Land from bandits who preyed upon pilgrims Soon they had the sanction of the Pope and patronage of the major Kings of Europe What began as a charity,dependent protective detail for European pilgrims and Christian holy sites, rapidly became the central figure across two centuri...

  6. Bradley says:

    A great treatment of a truly spectacular legend horrorshow.The story of the Templar Knights is gloriously varied, complex, courageous, insane, praiseworthy, mysterious, and tragic It s primarily a history about the five Crusades and chivalry, but it becomes a harrowing monstrosity by the time King Phillipe enacts his vendetta against the Order.I simplify There s two hundred years worth of fascinating and edge of the seat crusader action going on here as well as a farce of a trial that cut the A great treatment of a truly spectacular legend horrorshow.The story of the Templar Knights is gloriously varied, complex, courageous, insane, praiseworthy, mysterious, and tragic It s primarily a history about the five Crusades and chivalry, but it becomes a harrowing monstrosity by the time King Phillipe enacts his vendetta against the Order.I simplify There s two hundred years worth of fascinating and edge of the seat crus...

  7. happy says:

    Dan Jones is fast becoming one of my go to authors on all things medieval His previous books that I ve read all cover British medieval history, from Henry I through the end of the Wars of the Roses With The Templars he takes his pen and gives the reader a reasonably complete overview of the Warrior Monks The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, AKA the Templars The narrative mainly unfolds chronologically with a few sidetracks The author traces their history from Dan Jones is fast becoming one of my go to authors on all things medieval His previous books that I ve read all cover British medieval history, from Henry I through the end of the Wars of the Roses With The Templars he takes his pen and gives the reader a reasonably complete overview of the Warrior Monks The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, AKA the Templars The narrative mainly unfolds chronologically with a few sidetracks The author traces their history from the beginnings in 1119 as protectors of pilgrims to the Holy Land after the First Crusade to the Pope dissolving the order in 1312 after Phillip, the King of France, engineers their downfall in order to gain control of their wealth, roughly 200 yrs.Any ...

  8. Louise says:

    The book covers the founding of the Templars from its spectacular fundraising to its tawdry end In between you see how the Templar s mission changed from protecting pilgrims in the Holy Land to warfare and then to banking and financial services Assembly of all this material is to be saluted if only for the logistics of finding and reading its primary sources in so man...

  9. K.J. Charles says:

    Well, that was depressing A tour of the atrocities of the 12th to 14th centuries, with religious fanaticism, wholesale murder, torture, holy war , greed, self righteous lunacy and just a lot of bloody awful people It s a very solid history, well written, and I feel better informed, but the grind of colonisation, murder, treache...

  10. Kevin says:

    From their idealistic, religious, humble beginnings in Jerusalem after its capture during the First Crusade in 1119, for the initial task of protecting pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land, to end up being dissolved by the jealousy of King Phillip IV of France who needed money from his campaigns against the Jews , then this book contains probably the best, quasi neutral account I have read of the Templars, or Knights of the Temple of Solomon as they were originally known as due to holdin From their idealistic, religious, humble beginnings in Jerusalem after its capture during the First Crusade in 1119, for the initial task of protecting pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land, to end up being dissolved by the jealousy of King Phillip IV of France who needed money from his campaigns against the Jews , then this book contains probably the best, quasi neutral account I have read of the Templars, or Knights of the Temple of Solomon as they were originally known as due to holding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem A military or...

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