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A quick, easy, and fascinating read into the history of Christendom's order of holy warrior monks.,
This review is from: Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons (Paperback)
I'm sure a lot of people who have developed an interest and curiosity regarding the Templars have so through reading and learning about the Crusades since the Templars stemmed from the Crusades as a band of holy monk warriors vowing to protect Christianity, Crusaders and pilgrims in the Holy Land, as well elsewhere. I purchased this book from WHSmith as I was browsing the history section and just couldn't resist. I should have bought it from Amazon since I would have saved a few pounds.
This book is an easy read that does have a near in-depth coverage of the Templar's rise and fall as well as anything else that is loosely associated with the military order. Michael Haag starts off with telling us about certain locations (such as Jerusalem) that are key places to the founding of the order as well as key events that gave birth to the Templars. It is interesting to know certain things about the lives of the Templars such as what their daily routines were as well as their duties and beliefs. The book has a nice pace to it and can be a very quick read since it is only about 360 pages and that most pages are covered with illustrations and images with the main text wrapped around them.
The book explores the roles the Templars played in certain Crusades such as the Second Crusade and the Third Crusade, and also delves into areas of myth which leaves us to wonder where traces of the order are still in existence to this day. It also explores myths that the Templars after their destruction, became known in other non-conspicuous ways such as the Order of Christ in Portugal and the Freemasons. The book delves into other areas where the Templars have been noticed and realised such as in a number of films, locations, books, as well as video games. Near the end there is a wealth of interesting links to websites where your curious minds can get extra information and history about the military order, and there are also recommended books both fiction and non-fiction.
If you are interested in discovering the history of the Templars then this book would make for a good, quick and easy read. It will give you a concise and thorough insight into how, when, and why the order was created and makes for some interesting reading. All in all, this historical book on the Templars is a highly recommended read.