The Templars

  • by Dan Jones
  • Narrated by Dan Jones
  • 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jerusalem, 1119: A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land.
Over the next 200 years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they, and what actually happened? In this groundbreaking narrative history, the best-selling author of The Plantagenets tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth.
The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sunbaked hills where Jesus lived and died. They found their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. They were experts at channeling money across borders. They established the medieval world's first global bank and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests. Then, in 1307, as they struggled to secure their last strongholds in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Templars fell afoul of the vindictive and impulsive king of France.
On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources to bring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, to life in an audiobook that is at once authoritative and compulsively listenable.

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Fascinating

Dan Jones is a rarity - a lively and informed writer who is also a great narrator of his own work. Because the Templars are bound up in the history of the Crusades, there is much here about the Crusades and the Crusader states as well. They came to a sad end, crushed (and burned at the stake) by a French king eager to get his hands on their money. A brief epilogue dispenses with the many vast conspiracy theories involving the order.
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- Tad Davis

Missleading title

If the title had been "A general history of the middle east during the crusades" I could maybe give the book a higher score.

Only about a quarter of the book deals directly with the templar knights and the rest is an overview of the crusades.

Some books benefits from having the author as narrator. This is not one.
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- S�derlind Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio