• The Knights Templar: The True and Surprising Story of History's Most Secretive Order

  • By: Patrick Auerbach
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown.

The order of the Knights Templar was founded by Hugh de Payens, a French nobleman from the Champagne region, along with eight of his companions, in Jerusalem around 1119.

They originally consisted of a group of knights who protected Christian pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land against attack from brigands and Saracen pirates, after the crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099.

The order's full name was the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon.

They were given quarters next to the temple and adopted their distinctive uniform - white tunics with an eight-pointed blood-red cross.

In 1129 they took monastic vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and pledged themselves ready to die for their faith.

They were gradually transformed into a chivalric order of warrior-monks who fought with distinction in the Crusades.

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Super story

The story here is written well and narrated splendidly. Though not as in depth as other versions of this nature, it does cover the names, dates and locations necessary for an compelling tale.
I have already recommended this book to friends and family.

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Wonderful

Captivating and informative, well written and narrated. This book has sent me on a quest for more information on the Templars. This is an easy book to understand.

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Surprisingly amazing story about religion

Great historical information about religious times in the early years of the templars and the historical beginnings and end.