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

By Dan Jones
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15.60 Hours 09/19/2017 unabridged
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A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies. 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 Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones 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 alleged depravity have 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 sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests. A vindictive king of France set his sights on their fortune. He instructed his lawyers to mount a damning case against them, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. Then on Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned, and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the pope in secret proceedings and publicly humiliated. 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, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.

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New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies.

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 Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since.

In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones 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 alleged depravity have 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 sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.

A vindictive king of France set his sights on their fortune. He instructed his lawyers to mount a damning case against them, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. Then on Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned, and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the pope in secret proceedings and publicly humiliated. 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, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jones’ fast-paced history is laced with tales of blood and bravery, disaster and victory…This is unabashed narrative history, fast-paced and full of incident.” Sunday Times (London)
“Dan Jones[']…performance here confirms Jones’ rising status as a popular historian: academic, British, and a wee bit droll but always crisp and to the point and, above all else, entertaining. Who would have thought medieval history—the Magna Carta, the Plantagenets, and now the Knights Templar—could be so enthralling? So easy to follow? The Templar saga is a true saga, stretching across continents and centuries, drawing together all the finest and loftiest and most savage elements of the Middle Ages. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A fresh, muscular, and compelling history…combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger.” Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author
“This is another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist.” Guardian (London)

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Author Bio: Dan Jones

Dan Jones is the author of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queen Who Made England, a #1 international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller; Wars of the Roses, which charts the story of the fall of the Plantagenets and the improbable rise of the Tudors; Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty; and Summer of Blood: England’s First Revolution. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles and appeared alongside George R. R. Martin in the official HBO film exploring the real history behind Game of Thrones. He is the historical consultant to Knightfall, a major production from A&E Studios and The History Channel on the legend of the Templars, produced by Jeremy Renner.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English