• The Hidden History of the Knights Templar

  • The Church's Oldest Conspiracy
  • By: Conrad Bauer
  • Narrated by: Charles D. Baker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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The Hidden History of the Knights Templar

By: Conrad Bauer
Narrated by: Charles D. Baker
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Full of incredible turns of events including secrets, deceits, lies and betrayals, the history of the Knights Templar from their triumphant conquests to their abrupt fall still fascinates. Find out the hidden history of the Knights Templar that really led to their demise.

The Knights Templar existed officially for less than 200 years. Founded to protect pilgrims who were travelling through the Holy Lands, their rise to power was sudden. They became some of the most feared warriors in the region, they had a mandate from God, they controlled perhaps the world's first real banking system, and they waged war against anyone who tried to wrestle Christianity and seize holy grounds from the control of the Catholic Church. Within their short lifespan, they quickly became one of the most powerful societies in Europe, if not the world. But, just as they rose to power with relative speed, they fell from grace just as fast. Forged in the crucible of Middle Eastern conflict, their power was soon resented and feared. Before they could become even more powerful, the greatest nations in Europe and the Church turned on them. The once powerful Templars were hunted, caught, tortured, and eventually burned at the stake. According to their prosecutors, they were a devil-worshipping secret society who spat on the cross and plotted against the Pope. They were officially disbanded and their members treated with extreme contempt and prejudice. Or so goes the official story. In this book, we will not only look into the official history of the Knights Templar, but will examine the various ways their influence and ideas have tunneled their way into the modern world. A group this powerful does not vanish overnight. Instead, their history has been linked to the Freemasons, to vicious curses, to the butchery of the Crusades, and even to Christian relics such as the Holy Grail. For many people, the Templars did not vanish and they did not relinquish their tight grip on the power....

©2015 Conrad Bauer (P)2015 Conrad Bauer and Maplewood Publishing

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Insightful

I have always tried to find historical history of the Knights Templar. Thank you for letting me listen.

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KT32

awesome story. If you have any interest in the Knights Templar this is a quick overview, I'd also recommend Holy Blood Holy Grail

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Knights Templar Secret History

I enjoyed this particular version on the history of the Knights Templar. I learned few new theories that I was completely unaware of, that are quite relevant too today's society that we live in.

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Just amazing

Enjoyed listening to new information of the Templars and new history of Free Masonry.

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Good reading

I very much enjoy listening to this book had lot's of historical truth.
thank you 😊

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The story of the Knights Templar is fairly well known and this book/telling neither adds nor detracts from that tale. The 3-star rating for performance is not due to the telling of the tale as much as it is due to the recording/playback literally having vocal gaps when played.

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Enjoyed!!

The narrator was great! I Learned a lot from this book. The history of the Templars is very interesting.

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Nothing g new but well presented.

It was much of the same research from other books on the subject. I am glad I listened, but I would love to hear/read something new, a different perspective.

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great book.

loved it. great narrative. story and chapters were well laid out and easy to follow.

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  • Duncan
  • 11-16-16

Very informative.

Very informative. I like how the book starts with the people's common knowledge of Templar history, before exploring it's theories and alternative ideas. Then seamlessly woven back into the overarching fate of the grandmasters. And their legacy? Well, time may tell but not this time, maybe after we find another scroll or two!!

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  • Michael
  • 04-20-22

Essentially a promo for Holy Blood, Holy Grail

If you're interested in the Templars and theories about them in general, or about the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail in particular, this is worth a listen. If it's free! If you have to pay for it, not so much.
The narrator is constantly overly dramatic.
Most egregious of all is his "rrrrrRobert! The Bruce!" but more or less everything he utters is over the top. Unless he's busy snickering, that is.
Anecdotally, I'd say about half of the literary references are to Holy Blood, Holy Grail - which, granted, is a great read (especially if you think Dan Brown's story was "original") but should be taken with at least a fist full of salt.

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  • Iain Frame
  • 10-04-20

Too much conspiracy stuff, insufficient history

I do like these stories of the Templars but this one had way too much far fetched stuff from debunked conspiracies liked Holy Blood Holy Grail (later largely rehashed as The Da Vinci Code). You come away thinking that the Templars and Crusaders are just bloodthirsty sectarian thugs, rather than understanding the very real religious politics of the age. Didn't like the narrator's style at all - it was really hammed up and exaggerated, as if talking to children.

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  • Mr O Cogswell
  • 04-02-20

Interesting

Quite an interesting account, but nothing really new. A good introduction and starting point. Enjoyable.