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At its height, the Order of the Knights Templar rivaled the kingdoms of Europe in military might, economic power, and political influence. For 700 years the tragic demise of this society of warrior-monks amid accusations of heresy has been plagued by controversy, in part because the transcript of their trial by the Inquisition - which held the key to the truth - had vanished.Templar historian Barbara Frale happened to be studying a document at the Vatican Secret Archives when she suddenly realized that it was none other than the long-lost transcript! It revealed that Pope Clement V had absolved the order of all charges of heresy. Using this sensational new information, Frale chronicles the Templars spectacular rise and fall against a sweeping backdrop of war, religious fervor, and the struggle for dominance, and finally lifts the centuries-old cloak of mystery surrounding one of the worlds most intriguing secret societies.
©2004, 2011 Società editrici Il Mulino, Bologna Foreword copyright 2008, 2009, 2011 by Umberto Eco/L’espresso. Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. English-language translation copyright 2009, 2011 by Arcade Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Marlowe on 12-12-17

Presentation of recent research

This is the real historical presentation of the recent discovery of what truly happened to the Templars, which is wonderful to be able to hear.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David N. Starr on 03-22-18

Great book of you enjoy History.

The facts vs fiction of the Historic Templars its easy to see how the legend of the Templars came about. The Church leaders of the time and the Kings of the day have faded into history. The Templars unjust and brutal treatment have made them the icons of repressive peoples across the Christian world. They inspire and uplift even today!

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