The Tragedy of the Templars by Michael Haag

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Romanticized and demonized since the Middle Ages, the legendary Knights Templar devoted their lives to Christ as a military force sanctioned by the papacy to liberate and defend the then-predominantly Christian city of Jerusalem...A dense and entertaining volume especially suited for those already interested in the order.
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From Michael Haag, bestselling author of The Templars: The History and the Myth, comes The Tragedy of the Templars, an exciting new look at the rise of Templar power and the saga of their destruction.
 
Founded on Christmas Day 1119 in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar was a religious order dedicated to defending the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims in the decades after the First Crusade. Legendary for their bravery and dedication, the Templars became one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies of the medieval world—and the chief defenders of Christian society against growing Muslim forces.
 
In The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States, Haag masterfully details the conflicts and betrayals that sent this faction of powerful knights spiraling from domination to condemnation.
 
This stirring and thoroughly researched work of historical investigation includes maps and full-color photographs of important cultural sites, many of which doubled as battlefields during the Crusades.

 

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 August 13, 2013 by Harper Paperbacks. 448 pages
Genres: History, War, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 26 2013

A solid picture of the Templars but a difficult read, with enemies coming from all directions. Be prepared to read it twice and take notes.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 17 2013

Romanticized and demonized since the Middle Ages, the legendary Knights Templar devoted their lives to Christ as a military force sanctioned by the papacy to liberate and defend the then-predominantly Christian city of Jerusalem...A dense and entertaining volume especially suited for those already interested in the order.

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