The Templars by Barbara Frale
The Secret History Revealed

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At its height, the Order of the Knights Templar rivaled the kingdoms of Europe in military might, economic power, and political influence. For 700 years the tragic demise of this society of warrior-monks amid accusations of heresy has been plagued by controversy, in part because the transcript of their trial by the InquisitionÑwhich held the key to the truthÑhad vanished.

Templar historian Barbara Frale happened to be studying a document at the Vatican Secret Archives when she suddenly realized that it was none other than the long-lost transcript! It revealed that Pope Clement V had absolved the order of all charges of heresy. Using this sensational new information, Frale chronicles the TemplarsÕ spectacular rise and fall against a sweeping backdrop of war, religious fervor, and the struggle for dominance, and finally lifts the centuries-old cloak of mystery surrounding one of the worldÕs most intriguing secret societies.


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Dr. Barbara Frale is a historian on staff at the Vatican Secret Archives. An expert in ancient documents, the Templars, and the Crusades, Frale is the author of several books including The Last Battle of the Templars, The Papacy and the Trial of the Templars, and The Templars. She is also the author of the acclaimed The Templars: The Secret History Revealed. Frale earned her PhD at the University of Venice.
Published May 1, 2011 by Arcade Publishing. 256 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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In these post–Da Vinci Code days, the very mention of the Templars is enough to spark readers’ curiosity, yet the true history of this shadowy order of warrior-monks has more often than not been misrepresented in film and fiction.

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If you’ve decided to extend your knowledge of the history of the Templar Knights beyond their representation in Indiana Jones’ adventures with the Holy Grail, then you’ve chosen wisely.

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