Knights Templar
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Anyone have any good book recommendations for the Knights Templar? I'd like to read about them but I want an unbiased slant...and given the current infatuation with them, it's difficult to find a true historic account without running into conspiracy theories.
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#2
Even the historians who write about them are considered a bit wacky. . .  Why not start with the primary documents and draw your own conclusions?
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#3
That's the problem... Not sure where the official documents end and the wacky begins.
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#4
Random post to change my post count  :LOL:
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#5
(03-29-2012, 09:24 AM)damooster Wrote: That's the problem... Not sure where the official documents end and the wacky begins.

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook should have some primary documents.
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#6
Here's the rule from ORB, a very reputable site for primary sources etc.  It should get you started.


http://www.the-orb.net/encyclop/religion..._rule.html
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#7
Here are some secondary sources. Mind you, they are secular

Quote:Barber, Malcolm. The Trial of the Templars (Cambridge, 1978)
-----. The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple (1994).
Forey, Alan J. The Templars in the Corona de Aragón (London, 1973) [e-book at LIBRO]
-----. The Military Orders: From the 12th to the Early 14th Century (Toronto, 1992)
-----. The Fall of the Templars in the Crown of Aragon (Aldershot, 2001)
Marcombe, David. Leper Knights: The Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem in England, c. 1150-1544 (Woodbridge, 2003)
Nicholson, Helen. Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights: Images of the Military Orders 1128-1291 (Leicester, 1993)
-----. The Knights Templar: A New History (Stroud, 2001)
-----. The Knights Hospitallers (Woodbridge, UK, 2001)
Riley-Smith, Jonathan. The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus c. 1050-1310 (London, 1967)
-----. Hospitallers: The History of the Order of St. John (London, 2001)

I didn't edit out the Hospitallers, nor have I read any of these myself.
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#8
"The Templars: Knights of Christ" by French historian Regine Pernoud is pretty good.
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(03-29-2012, 09:45 AM)tflinn Wrote: "The Templars: Knights of Christ" by French historian Regine Pernoud is pretty good.

Was just going to recommend this one. One of my very favorite historical books - and written by a Catholic Medievalist to boot. Anything Pernoud has written is worth reading :)

I also highly recommend The Real History Behind the Templars by Sharan Newman. Another excellent read that blows away all the stupid myths associated with the Order.

A third recommendation is The Glory of Christendom, 1100-1517 by Warren H. Carroll. Another Catholic historian, another excellent read, another indispensable book I've recommended countless times. There's a lot more than strictly Templar history here, but it's essential to a correct understanding of the Medieval era.
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(03-29-2012, 10:48 AM)Varokhâr Wrote:
(03-29-2012, 09:45 AM)tflinn Wrote: "The Templars: Knights of Christ" by French historian Regine Pernoud is pretty good.

Was just going to recommend this one. One of my very favorite historical books - and written by a Catholic Medievalist to boot. Anything Pernoud has written is worth reading :)

I also highly recommend The Real History Behind the Templars by Sharan Newman. Another excellent read that blows away all the stupid myths associated with the Order.

A third recommendation is The Glory of Christendom, 1100-1517 by Warren H. Carroll. Another Catholic historian, another excellent read, another indispensable book I've recommended countless times. There's a lot more than strictly Templar history here, but it's essential to a correct understanding of the Medieval era.

Excellent. Thank you very much!
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