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Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order by [Hodge, Susie]
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About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 86805 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CUE0E5K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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The title is a bit misleading as the book is about the history of the knights templar, with one chapter on the so called "secrets" or "myths" associated with the knights templar. The book gives you a good insight into the history of this institution and how powerful it was in medeival Europe. A great read
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An enjoyable insight into a much misunderstood & maligned group written in plain, easy to understand, language. If you delight in the popular theories of Dan Brown & his adherents you will be disappointed, as the answer to most of the mysteries is that they are just made up or borrowed from other sources or legends. However if you have an interest in how the Templars began, what they were set up to do & who they were then this is a good read.
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If you are looking for a book that goes into detail about the battles that the knights templar took part in,then this book is not for you. This book gives an overview of the history of knights templar from the founding of the order to its destruction. The author covers all aspects of the orders operations, from guarding pilgrims in the holy land,the crusades, banking,land owning and framing. The book also looks at the relationship between the knights templar and
their Muslim enemy. Near the end of the book the author mentions holy grail and the ark of the covenant, but in a factual way. The author admits at the start of the book that there are very few written records about the knights templar as most were destroyed. He admits that he has used a document found in the Vatican archives,as the basis for this book. I found it an interesting read. I gave four stars for all the above.
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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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I can only review this book based upon reading it on my standard Kindle. The illustrations may look fine on either a tablet or in book form however they really did not add to my reading pleasure as they were just monochromatic. As a potted history of the Knights Templar, it is quite good. For a more detailed account I would turn to Malcolm Barber’s “The New Knighthood”.
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