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The Templars : the rise and fall of God's holy warriors (edição 2018)

por Dan Jones

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A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.
Título:The Templars : the rise and fall of God's holy warriors
Autores:Dan Jones
Informação:London : Head of Zeus, an Apollo book, 2018.

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The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors por Dan Jones

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A free loan from audible. Enjoyable non-fiction listen about what the templars actually did. ( )
  infjsarah | Sep 15, 2021 |
When I read Dan Jones’ “The Wars of the Roses,” I was hooked onto his style of writing and telling history. So when I decided to pick up this book, I was expecting to love it just as much — and I did. Dan Jones’ capability to narrate history in a way that’s simple yet complex, and in a way that’s completely understandable, is something that I find pleasingly amazing about his writing style.

I personally knew only the basics about the Templars: that they fought in the Crusades and were later accused of heresy and “heinous acts” against the Christian faith. I liked how he pointed out — albeit indirectly — that we don’t really know if they were truly guilty as charged; and he also points out how it is quite possible — and feasible — that the Templars’ apparent confessions were coerced.

Personally, some of my favorite facts in this narrative don’t necessarily relate directly to the Templars — they relate to Pope Gregory IX. Fact 1: apparently, Pope Gregory IX thought that cats were the incarnations of Satan (sorry to all you cat lovers). Fact 2: (on page 229) Pope Gregory IX excommunicated the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick, for procrastinating...which I’m glad isn’t a punishment for procrastination today.

Overall, I really enjoyed “The Templars” and I highly recommend it (along with Dan Jones’ other books). ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
In the face of crushing defeat after the First Crusade, a group of elite knights set up a new order dedicated to protecting pilgrims to the Holy land. Along the way, they became experts at channeling money across borders establishng the medieval world's first global bank. Anyone who threatened their interests was met with relentless private war. Ultimately, their two hundred year growth in military success in the Holy Lands and financial (read political) power was curbed by Salidin in the East and both King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V in Europe. (Note: Dan Jones is an engaging author who has also written extensively about the Plantagenets.) ( )
  lfiering | Apr 16, 2021 |
Growing up in a private Christian school, of course I learned about the Templars, but what I learned was heavily biased, if not glossed over. These were not the good guys, even though they thought they were—what Jones calls "the gap between the Templar ideal and real life" (359). They were fanatics. Not only were they vicious, but they were also hypocritical and corrupt. I despise the very notions they held, barging into a land not their own to eradicate its people because they follow a different god. These were campaigns whose repercussions can still be felt today.

I found the epilogue very interesting because Jones delves into the Templars' influence on literature and art (e.g., the Holy Grail). I can see this influence in the medieval historical romances I read, which makes those little tidbits I see in fiction even more interesting. He also goes into the connection to freemasonry (which I admit I still do not understand). ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
A great treatment of a truly spectacular legend/horrorshow.

The story of the Templar Knights is gloriously varied, complex, courageous, insane, praiseworthy, mysterious, and tragic. It's primarily a history about the five Crusades and chivalry, but it becomes a harrowing monstrosity by the time King Phillipe enacts his vendetta against the Order.

I simplify. There's two hundred years worth of fascinating and edge-of-the-seat crusader action going on here as well as a farce of a trial that cut the head off of the first International Bank that the Templars had become for the sake of stealing its wealth.

Of course, all the Templars COULD have been telling the truth after years of torture in dungeons extracting confessions that they were kissing bejeweled bearded heads and penises before and after spitting and trampling across the cross. But... Yeah... That's reasonable.

Dan Brown does a damn good job with the narration, adding bright anecdotes wherever he could.

My only complaint is the summary single-line dismissals in the epilogue for ALL "What Happened Afterward" theories. Whole popular books like [b:Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Jesus, the Shocking Legacy of the Grail|36214125|Holy Blood, Holy Grail The Secret History of Jesus, the Shocking Legacy of the Grail|Michael Baigent; Richard Leigh; Henry Lincoln|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1505014451s/36214125.jpg|57848486], [b:The Da Vinci Code|968|The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)|Dan Brown|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1303252999s/968.jpg|2982101], and even Umberto Eco's satire [b:Foucault's Pendulum|17841|Foucault's Pendulum|Umberto Eco|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1396645125s/17841.jpg|11221066] were given nothing more a few words equivalent to a spit and a trample.

The first was a genuine investigation that might not have panned out with further study, the second was a popular novel that leaves the decision to believe on us, and the third was a funny, sharp-as-nails tongue-in-cheek satire making fun of ALL conspiracies while being erudite at the same time.

Dan Jones could have just kept his history focused on the actual history rather than mentioning, rather dismissively, a rather enormous library of works devoted to the mystery of the Templar Knights and "What Happened Afterward". His opinions in the epilogue are just that. Unsubstantiated opinions. Literally. Single-line dismissals. It mars what was otherwise a fantastic recounting of factual history, even if a lot of the history remains mysterious and missing.

History does require a narrative for us to make sense of it. What Jones left out was the immense amount of learning, from science to history, the exchange of cultures between these two Holy War combatants across the centuries. We are also missing any possible deeper significance to what amounts to the bankrupting of whole nations to retake the Holy Land during a time of plague. It reads like nations preparing for the Olympics or a bloody Football League. WHY would so many resources be thrown at this Search for the Holy Grail?

Oh, wait, see what I did there? I used a metaphor for the whole purpose of the Crusades to illustrate that for a lot of the people there, it was LITERALLY the Search for the Holy Grail.

Narrative. See? Skip the narrative and all you have are a bunch of Monks With Swords aiming to get killed for the Glory of God. Nothing more. It doesn't exactly inspire my imagination. I'm sure the motivations were as varied among the Templars as they would be across any person alive.

Anyway. lol ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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