The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons

Paperback | September 8, 2009

byMichael Haag

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Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—The Templars by Michael Haag is fascinating reading.

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Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldi...

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The first history of the legendary knights since the Vatican momentously released the records of their trial and exonerationWho were the Templars? What was the secret of their wealth and power? Why did the pope and the king of France act to destroy them?The Knights Templar were founded on Christmas Day 1119, on the very spot in Jerusal...

Historian and writer Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical,and Medieval worlds. He is the author ofThe Templars: The History & the MythandAlexandria: City of Memory, a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster, and LawrenceDurrell in the city, as well as travel guides to Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. He livesin London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Templars Interesting but at times becomes too detailed and hard to follow some of the characters. At times seemed more of a book for a history class. The statement that Dan Brown "claimed" was used several times. Brown's books were novels not historical and far as I could see never claimed to be anything else. These statements, made by the author, deflated my overall enjoyment of the book.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A captivating Bible of Templar History Piers Paul Read opened the door with The Templars and now Michael Hagg, filling in the historical loopholes, has written a contemporary Bible about "The History and Myth" of The Templars. This is the kind of book that can hardly be put down. From the Introduction to the last chapter, this magnificiently illustrated book, is a must read for Templar researchers and readers.
Date published: 2011-11-12

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“Haag sifts through the history and the legends to illuminate these mysterious Holy Warriors. . . . Readers of The Da Vinci Code and other fictions relating to the Templars will enjoy this well-written, copiously illustrated, and solidly researched book. Highly recommended.”