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An order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world. Yet two centuries later, they were arrested, accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, and their leaders were burnt at the stake.Part guide, part history, this book investigates the Templar legends and legacy - from the mAn order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world. Yet two centuries later, they were arrested, accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, and their leaders were burnt at the stake.Part guide, part history, this book investigates the Templar legends and legacy - from the mysteries of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, via nineteenth century development of the Freemasons, through to Templar appearances in Dan Brown and Indiana Jones.This book explains the whole context of Templar history, including the recent evidence discovered by the Vatican that the Templars were not guilty of heresy. It also features a guide to Templar castles and sites....

Title : Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
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Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons Reviews

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-06-01 18:36

    A sort of primer on Templar history... good for somebody like me who is a novice in the field. I think it may leave serious historians dissatisfied.I seemed to detect a subdued pro-Christian bias throughout the narrative, but maybe that's just my perception. The book does a good job of presenting the history of the Templars without any frills, and debunking conspiracy theories and far-fetched ideas. However, being a fan of mythology, it is the legends linking the Templars to the Holy Grail that I found most interesting!I would recommend it as a good introduction to Templar history for the layman.

  • Isobel
    2019-05-17 18:44

    I found the history of the templars really interesting, having read a lot of the conspiracy theory stuff first. The likely truth about the odd stories of the initiation rituals and the way it was twisted by Phillip is much more convincing than the conspriracy stuff. Having said that, knowing that the documentation is pretty scarce, I would have liked more on which details were coming from where - there was some, but not enough in my opinion - and also more about interactions between Outremer, the Templars, the Hospitalers and the Muslim states besides who was attacking what when. Not sure if this due to lack of documented evidence, though. I skipped most of the last section. I think it's probably likely that if you're interested enough in the Templars to pick this up, you're not likely to need much of a list of 'Templars in popular culture' examples.

  • Bozzeed
    2019-05-22 20:54

    the only thing the auther didnt mention about why the crusade happened is that the catholic church waged war against muslims not because of defending their faith but to raid the gold rich middle east since the french were using squirl skins as currency. the author also explains how the templars created their organization , self governing with legance following the catholic church, and started international banking by receiving huge donations then loaning to europeans monarchs,and how the churches benefited from trading through them in the middle east.the author used for his references chronicles from both sides. he have also written about egyptian civilization if anybody is interested.

  • Jessie Rember
    2019-06-06 12:54

    I am probably underrating this book, but I couldn't get to the last page, which is unusual for me. The first third of the book is hard core fact. It's a little pendantic. There are so many names, places, and dates that it is hard to keep track. It is interesting, just a little less textbook would have made it easier to read. The second section is takes on Templar myth, which is extremely interesting. The last third itemizes books and movies that are based on Templar stories. The author lost me here. It is just too choppy and too opinionated. I got through over 80% of the book. That's good enough for me.

  • Robin Edman
    2019-06-09 17:52

    Every once in a while, you get an enthusiastic amateur who writes a delightful history for the rest of us amateurs. This book is neither delightful nor reliable as a history.

  • David Brown
    2019-05-18 16:27

    I’m most at home when reading medieval history and having read about the Crusades in the past I was eager to try Michael Haag’s book about the Templars, the order of knights founded to defend the Holy Land after the First Crusade who went from being revered to reviled in Europe in the space of two centuries.Haag’s book covers an extensive timeline beginning with the earliest references to the Temple of Solomon, its building, destruction, rebuilding and so on until we reach the First Crusade where Jerusalem was captured by the Christians in 1099. Though a foothold was gained in the Holy Land or Outremer, it was a dangerous place for travelling pilgrims who wished to descend on Jerusalem in honour of their faith. In 1119 the Knights Templar were formed to protect travelling pilgrims, beginning as a small group that would escort and protect travellers, but over time growing into a widespread, wealthy and highly respected order. Haag deals with the rise and fall of the Templars and their legacy.Haag’s book is more a summary of events rather than an in-depth chronicle of the Templars. This is not a criticism, however. Haag has to cover so much history in such a short book that it is admirable he has delivered a text that is less than 400 pages. Each Crusade is probably worth a book of its own, especially the First Crusade and, of course, the Third Crusade involving Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. Though the Templars began as an impoverished order reliant on donations, they soon rose to a position of great power and influence. With the backing of the Pope the Templars were largely untouchable and a sensible way for monarchs in Christendom to please God was in donations to the Templars to help bolster their efforts in the Holy Land.Not that the Templars were completely restricted to the Holy Land. They received donations in money and land throughout Europe, and provided an early form of banking, storing funds and possessions and maintaining records of deposits for their customers to prove ownership of goods and to retrieve them. As with every rise though, there has to be a fall. The once revered order donning their white mantles with red crosses were soon despised in Europe when the Holy Land was lost at the start of the fourteenth century and within a decade the order had been dissolved and many of its members left at the mercy of vengeful rulers such as King Philip IV of France who played a major role in the end of the Templars.Haag’s book is a sad account of the Templars who were devoted to their faith and remained loyal and firm in their convictions. As soon as the Holy Land was unsurprisingly lost, Christendom needed a scapegoat and the Templars were the perfect choice. Historical evidence only discovered in the last few years indicates a lot of the persecution of the Templars could have been prevented but sadly it was not to be. The Templars have left a legacy in the form of surviving groups who some argue link back to the holy order of knights but the section covering these conspiracy theories is not as interesting as the history of the order itself.The Templars is a good account of this holy order of knights who fought to keep Christendom in the Holy Land and to protect the pilgrims that wished to travel to Jerusalem. It’s a sad testament of how a fall follows a rise to power and that no group, no matter how powerful, can ever hope to last forever. History proves that eventually dissent creeps in and after that it’s only a matter of time before change. The Templars knew this all too well.

  • Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
    2019-06-11 20:53

    A great study. Haag covers the history of the order in ample depth whilst also addressing some of the frequent misperceptions around the Templars. Haag is at times a little too assertive in his denotion of certain ideas as 'conspiratorial' and comes across as dismissive of feasible links as a result.

  • R.M.F Brown
    2019-06-11 17:35

    An excellent introduction for the laymanLong shrouded in myth, the spell the Templars weave upon the popular imagination has long been an enduring feature of Western culture, and of numerous conspiracy theories.With wit, wisdom, and an erudite piece of work, Michael Haag consigns these theories to the bonfire, as well as setting the historical record straight. Whilst not an in-depth look at every nut and bolt of Templar history, Haag presents enough of the early days of the founding of the order, their role in the crusades, and their subsequent decline and fall, to whet to the appetite for further reading ( numerous links are provided in the further reading section)As to the destruction of the Templars and the numerous conspiracies that abound, Haag (like many others) argues convincingly that the loss of the Holy Land robbed the Templars of their rasion d'etre, and made them prey to the ruthless ambition of the French King, Philip IV.Despite this dose of logic, the Templar myths do not die easily, linking everybody from the Masons, to the Nazis, to the Spice Girls, in one vast, global conspiracy. To my mind, what is most appealing about this book is not the conspiracy theories, but the excellent section of where to go to see Templar sites. Surprisingly, a large number remain in good condition in the UK, and for this, the book deserves all the credit it has received. A wonderful blend of Templar history, theory, and places to visit.

  • Michael
    2019-05-28 12:45

    There are so many myths and, frankly, misinformation in print and cinema about the organization of crusader knights called the Knights Templar that I no longer knew what to believe. So I was looking for a book which would dispel the fiction and myth and report the history of the Templars. "The Templars: History & Myth" by Michael Haag was did just that. In the book Haag details the history of the organization from its inception to the current day. In doing so he clears up all the myth surrounding the Templars. One of the greatest myths permeating current culture is that the Templars somehow morphed into the Freemasons, a myth that is reported as fact time and again on the History Channel (which should be called the misinformation channel for it's embracing of the "Ancient Aliens" poppycock). This myth was totally dispelled by Haag. It is a great book and, if you are interested in the facts about the Knights Templar, this is just about as good as it gets. I recommend it highly.

  • Ghada Arafat
    2019-05-24 17:52

    Ok I decided to go on with the book despite of the author's apparent prejudice towards Islam and I thought I will just read it as a story or something just to know what people think of the issue of the Templar. But the distorted stories he presented on the some of the historical facts that I know made me stop because I could not take it any more.

  • Chantal E. R. H.
    2019-05-20 15:48

    10th book of 2010. Very interesting subject but the book kind of reads like a high school text book. It is a bit too dumbed down. I did learn some things though. If you already know quite a bit about the Templars, you'll know a lot of the stuff in it already, though there are some facts that still might surprise you.

  • Ali
    2019-05-17 17:29

    Read it for my history class this semester thinking it would be an interesting read. It was terrible to try and follow what was going on and had too many inserted tidbits that made the confusion worse. Barely got through it!

  • Juliette
    2019-06-06 14:41

    I am sad I had to stop reading this book. I'm very interested in the Templars, but this book is so anti-Islamic, It gets in the way of taking anything else seriously. And I'm a Christian.

  • Marie Sieloff
    2019-05-24 16:47

    Gives an accurate history of the Templars and debunks the myths about them.

  • Jessica Lynn
    2019-06-13 19:44

    Boring. The Templars were boring on paper.

  • Tony
    2019-05-27 15:29

    Mixes legend, possible events, and solidly established history without distinguishing among them. He did manage to develop some skepticism when he got to Islamic myths, but that's it.

  • Carl Klein
    2019-06-08 20:37

    Nothing really newIf you do not know anything about the order and you can tolerate a slightly clumsily written book this can serve as a decent introduction

  • Angela
    2019-05-28 17:32

    Too textbookish. A few interesting things mixed into tons of boring facts. Just had to force myself to finish. It did mention Joseph Smith.

  • angela
    2019-06-16 20:24

    this book was a bit dull

  • Donn Headley
    2019-06-12 12:43

    British historian Michael Haag has assembled an excellent introduction to the facts and myths surrounding the Templar Knights. His approach is scrupulously even-handed in dealing with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the numerous heretical offshoots that arose in the period before and during the career of the Templars. Haag starts with the history of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, continuing to the rise of Islam and the Muslim acceptance of Jewish holy sites as their own. This history is also extremely relevant in that it explains the bloody and destructive violence of ISIS in being firmly within the context of a rabid form of Islam that dates back from the founding of the cult by Mohammed and his lust for conquest and expansion to the many militaristic splinter groups that continued his tradition of the desire for religious empire, such as the Assassins and the Khorezmians. Even powerful leaders such as Baybars are investigated for their dishonorable treatment of captives, occasionally (when it suited their purposes) promising to let the inhabitants of a besieged city to go free, only to enslave all the women and children and behead the men. Christians, too, have their low points, but more for their killing of Jews than for their treatment of Muslims. Haag also plausibly explains the Templars' fall from power and into disrepute, largely not from what they did, but from what they did not do--retain the Holy Land in Christian hands. Finally, the controversy over secret initiation rituals in the Order are well-handled and well-explained. This history also deals with the countless ahistorical conspiracy theories surrounding the Templars, most infamously in Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code." Those interested in the truth and facts are warned to stay away from such nonsense. The last part of Haag's book is a compendium of the best histories, collections, and websites on the Templars. For an understanding of the history of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in light of the rise, fall, and lingering influence of the the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, as well as (secondarily) the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (the Knights Hospitaller), Haag's history is a resource-rich place to start.

  • Lynda Kraar
    2019-05-21 20:34

    I didn't feel the author's excitement. I really tried. I crossed the finish line with this book, and felt that I got a decent enough survey course of the scope of the Templars. But I was left with no idea who they really were; what they were thinking; or any really juicy anecdotes to portray what it was like to be a Templar, or to be in their midst. Heresy. Sodomy. Idolatry. I was hoping to hear more. To complement what I read, I went to YouTube and saw a few excellent documentaries that brought to life the Templars. The scholars were passionate and exuberant about their topic, so something vital was missing from the book. Recommendations for other books on the Templars are welcome.

  • Peter C Lyon
    2019-06-02 15:32

    Haag has written a scintillating book. He does a beautiful job of showing how a 2001 archival discovery shattered a 700-year-old myth about the Templar's demise. He also weaves in fascinating discussion about conspiracies that have endured to the modern day.Though the book stumbles a bit towards the end with a somewhat redundant discussion of Templar sites, he makes up for it at the end with the fun mention of pop culture, "Medieval Total War," which I used to play.

  • Aarón
    2019-06-06 16:33

    A great book about the history of the templars. I've heard about them in books and movies but never really took the time to read about the facts until now. The book was really interesting and insightful although at times it was sort of dense but it did what it had to do. I recommend it if you like history and you are interested in the subject.

  • Steve
    2019-06-12 14:24

    A book of nothing. Facts are obscured and for the most part; guess work. Nearly ever fact offered was second guessed two sentences later. Mostly a book of "it could've been this or it may have been that" Boo!! I only read it because I started it. I hate not completing something I start.

  • Susan Marie
    2019-06-13 15:50

    This book is excellent for those that adore history. This book is not only about The Templars, but of the origins of Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity and Islam. It helps one to understand why many atrocities still exist today and how history, ironically, truly does repeat itself.

  • Cindy
    2019-06-17 14:31

    It was very informative, and I learned a lot. The author obviously did a tremendous amount of research. I guess I was hoping it would be a little more lively, and entertaining. But I definitely know a log more now than I did before reading it.

  • Philip S Greco
    2019-05-27 18:45

    Good overview of TemplarsI enjoyed this book and it was an easy read. It provides a great overview of the templar rise and fall.

  • Michael Murphy
    2019-06-01 19:34

    An exceptional read into history about the Templars rise and fall! Well worth the time to read if you enjoy history & the time period.

  • Paul Elessar Caceres
    2019-05-21 18:28

    Informative, simple and reads like a story. Clarifies a lot of the myths surrounding the Templar Order and provides some more resources for those wanting to learn more about them.

  • Ray
    2019-05-25 17:51

    Very informative and concise, an easy read. Excellent sections on further reading, semi book reviews, intetnet sites and places to visit.