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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. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades - sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church.

A best seller in the United Kingdom - the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy - The Templars by Michael Haag is a fascinating, must-listen book.

©2011 Michael Haag (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Haag sifts through the history and the legends to illuminate these mysterious Holy Warriors.... [Fans] of The Da Vinci Code and other fictions relating to the Templars will enjoy this well-written […] and solidly researched book. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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Narrator ruined it

After a few hours, I had to stop listening because the narrator is terrible. I listen in my car making the audio quality key. He buries the end of his words which makes names incomprehensible. Very disappointed.

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Boring Again

This book is read by a reader with a thick accent. It reads like a PHD textbook, with footnotes read aloud. I listen through chapter four and did not follow the story because there was no flowing story.

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The narrator is great but the rest is a waste.

I couldn't make it past 2 or 3 chapters. The author discounts the Exodus and guesses the Israelites were nomad bandits who took over Canna. Then he dismisses the size of Solomon's temple but gives credit to the account of the Quran claiming Salomon had power over demons. If you like the Davinci Code, this is for you. If you want a historical account then look elsewhere.

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not about Templars

this is more about religious history and the migration of the religions in the middle East and Europe. Very little information. about the history of the Templars at all. Very disappointed. My grandfather's bloodline goes back the Robert DeCaron the 2nd Grand Master of the knights templar. Wanted some good facts about the starting of the Templars, etc but just got a bunch of crap on God, Jesus and Muslims and wars.

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Templars history

A very comprehensive thorough coverage of the Knights Templar through history up to modern day.