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The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists.

Unabridged edition read by Dan Jones.

©2017 Head of Zeus (P)2017 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"A pacy narrative history of the medieval order laced with tales of blood and bravery." (The Sunday Times)
"This is a fascinating story of fanaticism...Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian who knows how to render serious scholarship into accessible prose. Seldom does one find serious history that is so easy to read." (The Times)
"Snappy, well-paced…. The author’s ambition, he says, is to tell the story of the Templars in a straightforward way and 'to write a book that will entertain as well as inform'. He has done precisely that." (The Daily Telegraph)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

Absolutely marvellous!

Dan Jones has narrated this enthralling history of the Templars, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and strained to stop listening...He has proven that the historical fact of the Templars is much more interesting than the fictional histories and conspiracies of recent times. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • AHeath
  • 02-01-18

A missed opportunity

I like Dan Jones and am interested the Templars but I found this unengaging and a bit dull. While there are a few moments when it does come alive, Dan Jones - despite being a TV persona - does not sit well as an audio narrator and I think the decision to narrate himself rather than use a professional narrator was a mistake. He is softly spoken and almost meek-sounding at times and the book needed more of a 'performance' to bring it to life, from someone with a bit more charisma in their voice. In addition the style in which he's written the book is a bit dull for my tastes. It comes across as a chronological list of anecdotes he's gleaned from the sources, rather than a proper story or narrative. While it's all factually sound he doesn't do enough to make it interesting, fill in the gaps or weave the pieces together, and he really fails to make any of the characters, relationships or battles come to life in the way that really good history does. Other historians of the period, like Marc Morris and John Julius Norwich, do a much better job of this and I would have liked to see them deal with this subject matter. Despite the dramatic times the Templars lived through, the deeds they did, and their horrible demise, this book therefore makes the subject come across as rather boring and I had hoped for more.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. E. Arman
  • 01-10-18

Wonderful book

Great book kept me interested and learned a lot. Great for those who don't always have time to read the physical book.

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  • Simon B
  • 12-20-17

A very engaging account of the Templar's history.

I came to this book with some reservations ‘another Templar book!’ could it really bring anything new to the well-trodden temple genre?... well, yes it does, by sticking to extensive research and delivering a chronological account of all the Templar’s doings and derring-do over the course of the order’s existence. Written and read in an engaging manner, I was really happy to continue through to the end, - Brilliant!

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  • Donald
  • 12-11-17

Entertaining and interesting

A very entertaining and interesting history of the Knights Templar from their formation and fall of the templars. It’s kept me gripped from the first to the last

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  • JPA
  • 02-06-18

Very insightful

An excellent round up of the history of the order. Excellent narration by the author.

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  • M. R. Kemp
  • 02-06-18

Well researched account of an enigma

This is a really interesting read. Dan Jones portrays the Templars in a far more believable light than many other before him.

The book appears incredibly well researched and is presented factually in a nice narrative timeline that not only makes sense, but is easy to digest.

This really is a great read for those interested in this crazy period of attempted Christian conquest and ‘holy’ War. 100% recommended.

Jones is the narrator and does a good job of the reading too. He (obviously), knows the source and his interest in it comes through.

Enjoy!

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  • Debbie
  • 01-24-18

Thoroughly absorbing

Lots of fact fiction history stories intertwined with adventures and intrigue. I’ve just finished listening and I’m about to start again in case I missed anything. I very rarely Re read (listen) to a book but this is well worth two or maybe three bites to get a grip on the mix of facts, nuance and characters.

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  • 01-16-18

Factually riveting

A factual historical account telling the story of the Templars warts and all. Brilliant account.