Daily Archives: May 11, 2011

Templar Allure Casts Long Shadow

On this day in 1310 A.D., France burned 54 members of the Knights Templar at the stake.  Seeking to punish these holy warriors for sins both real and imagined, and to seize the considerable wealth the Templars had accumulated as de facto bankers in the Holy Land, Pope Clement V and his lieutenants in France forever cemented the order’s place in the lore of the Western world.

A lot of interesting books about the Templars and the history of that period exist; here’s a short list of some of them:

Dungeon, Fire And Sword : The Knights Templar In The Crusades / John J. Robinson

God’s Warriors : Crusaders, Saracens And The Battle For Jerusalem / Helen Nicholson and David Nicolle

The Knights Templar In The New World : How Henry Sinclair Brought The Grail To Acadia / William F. Mann

The Secret Scroll / Andrew Sinclair

The Templar Code For Dummies / by Christopher Hodapp and Alice von Kannon

Although not specifically about the Templars, Osprey publishes a wonderful treatise on the Third Crusade which sets up the conditions upon which the Order gained their temporal power in the Holy Land. The book is:

The Third Crusade 1191 : Richard The Lionheart, Saladin And The Struggle For Jerusalem / David Nicolle

Keep in mind that the Templars and the cottage industry that has grown up around their study constitute a scholarly “mine-field” of sensationalism and pseudo history.  Even so, the Templars and the books born from their study make for dynamite reading.

–Scott

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