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A well written academic text, to compliment his previous work in this area,
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This review is from: The Trial of the Templars (Canto Classics) (Paperback)
Malcolm Barber is one of the foremost English historians on the Knights Templar. His scholarship is reasonable, considering there is much we will never truly know, when we are without the original documents. This is evident in every page that he writes. His conclusions on the final stages of the the Order, before the dissolution, his reasoning on the motives of the interested parties, from Philip IV of France to Clement V, the Pope, are both persuasive and likely to be correct. He also summarises the many other views, held by other scholars in this area. It was a pleasure to read. From the fall of Acre in 1291, their retreat to Cyprus, and the sheer costs and expenses of continuing to do what they did in their heyday, meant the the Knights Templar had lost their original purpose. Others with more venal motives, such as Philip wanted their wealth and in one way Clement V outmanoeuvred Philip of France by transferring most of the Templars wealth, which was in land, to the Knights Hospitaller. If you want to know what happened and why, buy this book and enjoy it.