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The Pocket A to Z of the Knights Templar : A Guide to Their History and Legacy - Gordon Napier

The Pocket A to Z of the Knights Templar

A Guide to Their History and Legacy

Paperback Published: 3rd February 2014
ISBN: 9780752498676
Number Of Pages: 448

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The order of the Knights Templar, which existed for about two centuries in the Middle Ages, was created after the First Crusade of 1096 to ensure the safety of European pilgrims to Jerusalem after its conquest. Officially endorsed by the Catholic church in 1129, the order became a favoured charity across Europe, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, easily recognisable in their white mantle with a distinct red cross, were some of the best equipped, trained, and disciplined fighting units of the Crusades.

When the Holy Land was lost and the Templars suffered crushing defeats, support for the Order faded. Rumours about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust, and King Philip IV of France, on 13 October 1307 had many of the order's members in France arrested, tortured into 'confession' and burned at the stake. In 1312, Pope Clement, under continuing pressure from Philip, forcibly disbanded the order. The sudden disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the name 'Templar' alive. This book brings the story into logical focus.

About the Author

Gordon Napier is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Knights Templar. He has also published articles in "Templar History Magazine," Canada.

ISBN: 9780752498676
ISBN-10: 0752498673
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 3rd February 2014
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45

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