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  • The Templars

  • The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Protogere on 10-30-17

Good But Also Problematic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

While this is another delightful narrative history by Mr. Jones, it suffers from his 'modernization' of all the names of people and places related to the Templars. While this may not be a problem for people new to the history of the Templars, it can be confusing to anyone with more than a passing knowledge of the order. A primary example, which drove me personally crazy while listening to the audio edition of the book, was the 'updating' of the name of the final Grand Master of the Templars, Jacques de Molay to James of Molay.

However, I can find no real complaint to Dan Jones' measured delivery of the text of his book as the narrator of the audio edition. Listening to him read his own work somewhat makes up for the confusion caused by the updating and changing of place and personal names.

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