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History of the Templars for the non-academic
on 14 February 2012
I found this book quite by chance in a local charity shop that has a history section and, being interested in the Templars/Cathars but not Dan Brown, decided to buy it. Michael Haag's book is ideal for someone who enjoys popular history written in a readable style (but not dumbed-down)and I feel he achieves this. Much of mediaeval history is heavy going but he could have included more maps to convey how the geography of various regions changed over time. One gripe though: Haag's decision to change actual given names to an anglicised version is absurd. For example, Jacques de Molay is rendered James of Molay and Guillaume de Nogaret is William of Nogaret. "A note on names" is the last page of the book, too! The name of Saladin has been so for a long, long time as Arabic names can be lengthy, but this rendering of French names into English is ludicrous and spoils the text. For anyone reading about the Templars, Jacques de Molay is a well known name and NOT James of Molay!