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ABOUT THE TEMPLARS
Jerusalem 1119. A small band of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new religious order. These are the first Templars, elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem. Over the next 200 years, the Templars would become the most powerful society of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really, and what actually happened?
In this groundbreaking narrative history, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these legendary warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the Pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand to hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who united Syria and Egypt to drive the infidels out of the Middle East. They were experts at channeling money across borders, immune from taxation, and beyond the control of kings.
Then in 1307 the Templars fell foul of a vindictive King of France, whose lawyers built a meticulous case against them. On Friday October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and publicly humiliated. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.
ABOUT DAN JONES
Dan Jones is the author of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queen Who Made England, a #1 international bestseller and New York Times bestseller, Wars of the Roses, which charts the story of the fall of the Plantagenets and the improbable rise of the Tudors, Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty and Summer of Blood: England’s First Revolution. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles and appeared alongside George R.R. Martin in the official HBO film exploring the real history behind Game of Thrones. He is the historical consultant to Knightfall, an A&E drama on the legend of the Templars produced by Jeremy Renner due to air in 2018.
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