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Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order [Hardcover]

S.J. Hodge
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29 Aug 2013

The Knights Templar are one of the most secretive and powerful religious orders in history: for over two centuries they were the elite fighting force of the Crusades. Highly trained, and adhering to a strict chivalric code, their success on the battlefield brought them both wealth and political influence. But it is the legends and secrecy surrounding the order and its Grand Masters that continue to fascinate historians and general readers alike.

Secrets of the Knights Templar examines each of these mysteries in turn to reveal the truth about the Knights' secret practices, rituals and codes, as well as the continued influence of the Templars today. From the true location of the Holy Grail to the Templars' involvement in the Battle of Bannockburn, and from the sudden downfall of the order to modern-day claims of descent - S. J. Hodge uncovers the hidden links behind the stories and separates historical fact from fiction.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782062718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782062714
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.J. Hodge has an MA in the History of Art by Research from Birkbeck, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has written over 60 non-fiction books, mainly on history and art-related subjects, including Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained, 50 Art Ideas You Really Need to Know, Gustav Klimt, Medieval Europe, British Castles and The Forbidden City.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 1 Nov 2013
By John H
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This is a great book. It's bigger than I expected, well written and beautifully illustrated throughout. I haven't finished reading it yet, but what I have read so far has been very impressive. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Knights Templar. It's a great book to get a very good understanding of the Order if you're starting from the beginning or just curious as to who and what the Knights Templar are/were, and it's definitely worth a read and it's highly deserving of a space on any bookshelf for reference later by those who wish to dig a little deeper in to the Order.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent combination of history and art. 15 Nov 2013
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Susie Hodge's book - "Secrets of the Knights Templar" - is not only a beautiful and richly illustrated book, it's also a penetrating look into the Crusades, Papal ,European, and Muslim history. Hodges goes into the intermix of the them and shows how the Crusades influenced the establishment of the Knights Templar and how the order became too successful and had to be shut down. She's very good at looking at the "politics" of the times.

This book is half history and half coffee table book. The illustrations are sumptuous and the accompanying text has the gravitas you'd find in a straight history book. This is not a subject that would appeal to many people, but for the right history buff, Susie Hodge's book is divine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 24 Nov 2013
By P
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Really interesting read for any Templar fans. Full of fascinating facts. Would recommend if researching Templar history. Very well enjoyed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable source 3 Dec 2013
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Thorough and well structured, this book is the best introduction to the subject I have come across. Susie Hodge is clearly aware of the many angles on which her readers may have a prior interest in the Knights Templar. She does not shy away from the popular conspiracy theories and mysteries, but neither does she sign up to them all. In fact, I was astonished to learn of how many of them already have perfectly rational explanations, which some other writers have chosen to ignore in favour of melodrama. In the end, it is clear to the reader exactly which mysteries remain unexplained, and the fact that Hodge herself is not overly excited by them.
I have just two small criticisms of this book. First, a very small number of factual errors have crept in. For example, the caption to one illustration refers to the dissolution of the Templar Order by Pope Clement V, in 1307. In fact, it was King Philip IV of France who assaulted the Templars in 1307. But Pope Clement V did not dissolve the Order until 1312.
Second, there is no Bibliography and corresponding citations of external, scholarly sources. This could be a stumbling block to the serious reader who would like guidance to extend their study of the Templars. For myself, however, I find this approach a refreshing change from the often unnecessary, tediously incestuous tendencies of orthodox academia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knight Templars 28 Mar 2014
By Raybec
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I bought this book as a present for a friend. I haven't read the book but I was pleased with it. my friend thinks that it is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knights Templar 27 Mar 2014
By ern758
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As expected a very detailed history of how they were formed and what happened to them.
Would recommend to anyone interested in history
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts easy to read 26 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a factual account of this part of history, it was easier to read and not get bored with facts.
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