The Templars by Piers Paul Read
The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades

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In 1099, the city of Jerusalem, a possession of the Islamic Caliphate for over four hundred years, fell to an army of European knights intent on restoring the Cross to the Holy Lands. From the ranks of these holy warriors emerged an order of monks trained in both scripture and the military arts: The Knights of the Temple of Solomon, called the Templars. In this engrossing and authoritative chronicle spanning three centuries, Piers Paul Read explores the Templars’ rise to political and financial power, their catastrophic fall, and their far-reaching legacy. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, discrediting the legends and myths that have long surrounded the order, he has written a remarkable history of these vaunted and feared warriors.
 

About Piers Paul Read

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Piers Paul Read studied history at Cambridge University and has authored twelve acclaimed novels and three works of non-fiction, including the international bestseller Alive. His novels have won the Hawthornden Prize and the Geoffrey Faber, Somerset Maugham, and James Tait Black Awards. He is married with four children and lives in London.
 
Published October 8, 2001 by Da Capo Press. 384 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Read (The Patriot, 1995, etc.) writes a meticulously researched tome intended as a popular introduction to the history of the Knights Templar.

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The Knights Templar are not very well known today; but many of those who know them consider them as a corrupt order of monks who administered a citadel in Jerusalem during the Crusades. Arguing that t

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The Knights Templar are not very well known today; but many of those who know them consider them as a corrupt order of monks who administered a citadel in Jerusalem during the Crusades. Arguing that t

Oct 02 2000 | Read Full Review of The Templars: The Dramatic Hi...

Common Sense Media

While game players of a certain age will love the antique feel, younger players may pine for more animation and a more quickly paced story.

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Technology Tell

Although the subject matter is quite serious (indeed, George and Nicole each start the game by witnessing a murder), the writers injected the proper amount of humor to keep the tone light throughout the game.

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Diehard GameFan

The book does seem to cover all of the legends of the Templar pretty well, and it also sheds a little light on a lot of other organizations in the Colonies that the players and/or the Templars could get mixed up with.

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