Templars, The: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons

An order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world Yet two centuries later, they were arrested, accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, and their leaders were burnt at the stake.Part guide, part history, this book investigates the Templar legends and legacy from the mAn order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world Yet two centuries later, they were arrested, accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, and their leaders were burnt at the stake.Part guide, part history, this book investigates the Templar legends and legacy from the mysteries of Solomon s Temple in Jerusalem, via nineteenth century development of the Freemasons, through to Templar appearances in Dan Brown and Indiana Jones.This book explains the whole context of Templar history, including the recent evidence discovered by the Vatican that the Templars were not guilty of heresy It also features a guide to Templar castles and sites.
Templars The History and Myth From Solomon s Temple to the Freemasons An order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world Yet two centuries later they were arrested a

  • Title: Templars, The: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
  • Author: Michael Haag
  • ISBN: 9781282726918
  • Page: 344
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Templars, The: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons”

    1. A sort of primer on Templar history good for somebody like me who is a novice in the field. I think it may leave serious historians dissatisfied.I seemed to detect a subdued pro-Christian bias throughout the narrative, but maybe that's just my perception. The book does a good job of presenting the history of the Templars without any frills, and debunking conspiracy theories and far-fetched ideas. However, being a fan of mythology, it is the legends linking the Templars to the Holy Grail that I f [...]

    2. I found the history of the templars really interesting, having read a lot of the conspiracy theory stuff first. The likely truth about the odd stories of the initiation rituals and the way it was twisted by Phillip is much more convincing than the conspriracy stuff. Having said that, knowing that the documentation is pretty scarce, I would have liked more on which details were coming from where - there was some, but not enough in my opinion - and also more about interactions between Outremer, th [...]

    3. the only thing the auther didnt mention about why the crusade happened is that the catholic church waged war against muslims not because of defending their faith but to raid the gold rich middle east since the french were using squirl skins as currency. the author also explains how the templars created their organization , self governing with legance following the catholic church, and started international banking by receiving huge donations then loaning to europeans monarchs,and how the churche [...]

    4. I am probably underrating this book, but I couldn't get to the last page, which is unusual for me. The first third of the book is hard core fact. It's a little pendantic. There are so many names, places, and dates that it is hard to keep track. It is interesting, just a little less textbook would have made it easier to read. The second section is takes on Templar myth, which is extremely interesting. The last third itemizes books and movies that are based on Templar stories. The author lost me h [...]

    5. Every once in a while, you get an enthusiastic amateur who writes a delightful history for the rest of us amateurs. This book is neither delightful nor reliable as a history.

    6. I’m most at home when reading medieval history and having read about the Crusades in the past I was eager to try Michael Haag’s book about the Templars, the order of knights founded to defend the Holy Land after the First Crusade who went from being revered to reviled in Europe in the space of two centuries.Haag’s book covers an extensive timeline beginning with the earliest references to the Temple of Solomon, its building, destruction, rebuilding and so on until we reach the First Crusad [...]

    7. A great study. Haag covers the history of the order in ample depth whilst also addressing some of the frequent misperceptions around the Templars. Haag is at times a little too assertive in his denotion of certain ideas as 'conspiratorial' and comes across as dismissive of feasible links as a result.

    8. An excellent introduction for the laymanLong shrouded in myth, the spell the Templars weave upon the popular imagination has long been an enduring feature of Western culture, and of numerous conspiracy theories.With wit, wisdom, and an erudite piece of work, Michael Haag consigns these theories to the bonfire, as well as setting the historical record straight. Whilst not an in-depth look at every nut and bolt of Templar history, Haag presents enough of the early days of the founding of the order [...]

    9. There are so many myths and, frankly, misinformation in print and cinema about the organization of crusader knights called the Knights Templar that I no longer knew what to believe. So I was looking for a book which would dispel the fiction and myth and report the history of the Templars. "The Templars: History & Myth" by Michael Haag was did just that. In the book Haag details the history of the organization from its inception to the current day. In doing so he clears up all the myth surrou [...]

    10. Ok I decided to go on with the book despite of the author's apparent prejudice towards Islam and I thought I will just read it as a story or something just to know what people think of the issue of the Templar. But the distorted stories he presented on the some of the historical facts that I know made me stop because I could not take it any more.

    11. 10th book of 2010. Very interesting subject but the book kind of reads like a high school text book. It is a bit too dumbed down. I did learn some things though. If you already know quite a bit about the Templars, you'll know a lot of the stuff in it already, though there are some facts that still might surprise you.

    12. Read it for my history class this semester thinking it would be an interesting read. It was terrible to try and follow what was going on and had too many inserted tidbits that made the confusion worse. Barely got through it!

    13. I am sad I had to stop reading this book. I'm very interested in the Templars, but this book is so anti-Islamic, It gets in the way of taking anything else seriously. And I'm a Christian.

    14. Mixes legend, possible events, and solidly established history without distinguishing among them. He did manage to develop some skepticism when he got to Islamic myths, but that's it.

    15. Nothing really newIf you do not know anything about the order and you can tolerate a slightly clumsily written book this can serve as a decent introduction

    16. Too textbookish. A few interesting things mixed into tons of boring facts. Just had to force myself to finish. It did mention Joseph Smith.

    17. British historian Michael Haag has assembled an excellent introduction to the facts and myths surrounding the Templar Knights. His approach is scrupulously even-handed in dealing with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the numerous heretical offshoots that arose in the period before and during the career of the Templars. Haag starts with the history of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, continuing to the rise of Islam and the Muslim acceptance of Jewish holy sites as their own [...]

    18. I didn't feel the author's excitement. I really tried. I crossed the finish line with this book, and felt that I got a decent enough survey course of the scope of the Templars. But I was left with no idea who they really were; what they were thinking; or any really juicy anecdotes to portray what it was like to be a Templar, or to be in their midst. Heresy. Sodomy. Idolatry. I was hoping to hear more. To complement what I read, I went to YouTube and saw a few excellent documentaries that brought [...]

    19. Haag has written a scintillating book. He does a beautiful job of showing how a 2001 archival discovery shattered a 700-year-old myth about the Templar's demise. He also weaves in fascinating discussion about conspiracies that have endured to the modern day.Though the book stumbles a bit towards the end with a somewhat redundant discussion of Templar sites, he makes up for it at the end with the fun mention of pop culture, "Medieval Total War," which I used to play.

    20. A great book about the history of the templars. I've heard about them in books and movies but never really took the time to read about the facts until now. The book was really interesting and insightful although at times it was sort of dense but it did what it had to do. I recommend it if you like history and you are interested in the subject.

    21. A book of nothing. Facts are obscured and for the most part; guess work. Nearly ever fact offered was second guessed two sentences later. Mostly a book of "it could've been this or it may have been that" Boo!! I only read it because I started it. I hate not completing something I start.

    22. This book is excellent for those that adore history. This book is not only about The Templars, but of the origins of Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity and Islam. It helps one to understand why many atrocities still exist today and how history, ironically, truly does repeat itself.

    23. It was very informative, and I learned a lot. The author obviously did a tremendous amount of research. I guess I was hoping it would be a little more lively, and entertaining. But I definitely know a log more now than I did before reading it.

    24. Good overview of TemplarsI enjoyed this book and it was an easy read. It provides a great overview of the templar rise and fall.

    25. An exceptional read into history about the Templars rise and fall! Well worth the time to read if you enjoy history & the time period.

    26. Informative, simple and reads like a story. Clarifies a lot of the myths surrounding the Templar Order and provides some more resources for those wanting to learn more about them.

    27. Very informative and concise, an easy read. Excellent sections on further reading, semi book reviews, intetnet sites and places to visit.

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