The Templars by Michael Haag
The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons

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Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—The Templars by Michael Haag is fascinating reading.


About Michael Haag

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Historian, writer, and photographer Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical, and Medieval worlds. Born in New York City, he is a graduate of University College London and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Anthropology. He has broadcast for the BBC and his journalism has appeared in major newspapers and magazines throughout America, Great Britain, and Egypt, including the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Los Angeles Times, and Vogue, among others. Haag has traveled widely across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, where he has visited every Crusader castle of note. He is also the author of The Templars (Harper Paperbacks 2009), Alexandria: City of Memory (Yale University Press, 2004), a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster, and Lawrence Durrell in the city; the UK bestsellers The Rough Guide to Tutankhamun (Rough Guides Ltd., 2005) and The Rough Guide to the Da Vinci Code (co-author, Rough Guides Ltd., 2004); and several travel guides to Egypt. He lives in London.
Published October 21, 2009 by Harper Paperbacks. 384 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Summary: An excellent introduction to the Templars for anybody interested in the history of the order or in the more recent speculations about its role, an account both scholarly and accessible;

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This would suggest that the crusade to the Holy Land was not, in fact, central to the Templars’ existence (or, indeed, the Hospitallers’), but Haag does not develop the point: his interest is primarily in Muslim-Christian relations in the Holy Land.

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