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The Templars Audiobook

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

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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.

©2017 Dan Jones (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Tad Davis 10-15-17
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    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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    S�derlind Michael 10-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    "Fascinating"

    A great listen about an all too often fantastical and murky subject. Jones gives an entertaining and clear narrative about the Templars that is better than any fiction.

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    "This is way authors should not narrate"

    The story sounds like a very interesting one but the author is not a narrator. The flat monotone does nothing to bring any interest or life to the story. This is a book that likely should be read not for Audible

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    "Good But Also Problematic"

    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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