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The Rise And Fall Of The Knights Templar The Order Of The Temple, 1118-1314 A True History of Faith, Glory Betrayal And Tragedy

Napier, Gordon

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ISBN 10: 1862271992 / ISBN 13: 9781862271999
Published by Spellmount, Kent, UK, 2003
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(full book description) Spellmount, Kent, UK, 2003. 1st Ed. (U.K.) Later Printing, Fine/Fine-, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 208pgs(Index). 27 B/W Photos. DJ crease along front cover fore-edge, o.w. clean, bright and tight. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc. Price unclipped. Has a slight cigarette smoke odor. ISBN 1862271992 SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. Bookseller Inventory # CONROY236188I

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Title: The Rise And Fall Of The Knights Templar The...

Publisher: Spellmount, Kent, UK

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: 27 B/W Photos

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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A highly readable look at the lifespan of the famous Knights Templar, who were warrior monks and the first disciplined, regulated, and uniformed standing army since antiquity throughout Europe and the Holy Lands—an economic force to be reckoned with and perhaps an institution guarding dark secrets. The origins of the concept of Holy War are explored, from Biblical times through the rise of Islam and the Christian movement, which inspired untold thousands to set out to recapture Jerusalem, as warriors and as pilgrims. This book explains how nine knights led by Hugues de Payens came from France to guard pilgrims in the Holy Land, how they gained the site of the Temple of Solomon, and what they did there, including a reevaluation of the historical evidence. Other topics discussed include how an unprecedented religious Order grew and pledged to bloodshed in defense of pilgrims, the territory conquered by the Crusaders, and the role and agenda of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and other powerful backers. The Order's contribution to the ongoing Crusades is explained, as well as their military tactics and organization and the fortresses and bases they established. Discussion of the fate of the Order after the failure of the Crusades includes a detailed examination of the charges of occult rituals involving idol worship, spitting on the Cross, and obscene kisses, through to the burning of the last Grand Master Jacques de Molay in 1314. A highly readable look at the lifespan of the famous Knights Templar, who were warrior monks and the first disciplined, regulated, and uniformed standing army since antiquity throughout Europe and the Holy Lands—an economic force to be reckoned with and perhaps an institution guarding dark secrets. The origins of the concept of Holy War are explored, from Biblical times through the rise of Islam and the Christian movement, which inspired untold thousands to set out to recapture Jerusalem, as warriors and as pilgrims. This book explains how nine knights led by Hugues de Payens came from France to guard pilgrims in the Holy Land, how they gained the site of the Temple of Solomon, and what they did there, including a reevaluation of the historical evidence. Other topics discussed include how an unprecedented religious Order grew and pledged to bloodshed in defense of pilgrims, the territory conquered by the Crusaders, and the role and agenda of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and other powerful backers. The Order's contribution to the ongoing Crusades is explained, as well as their military tactics and organization and the fortresses and bases they established. Discussion of the fate of the Order after the failure of the Crusades includes a detailed examination of the charges of occult rituals involving idol worship, spitting on the Cross, and obscene kisses, through to the burning of the last Grand Master Jacques de Molay in 1314.

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(Location:Princes Risborough, Bucks) is a writer and artist with a keen interest in the culture of Middle Ages who has devoted several years to exploring the mysteries of the Templars.

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