The Templars: The History and the Myth

by Michael Haag

Published by HarperCollins

A review by John Irvin


“When it was over, the knights went ‘rejoicing and weeping’ to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to give thanks to God at the site of the death and resurrection of Jesus.”

            The Templar Knights were founded on Christmas Day of 1119. They were a religious order of fighting knights who swore to defend the Holy Land and all Christian pilgrims in the period after the First Crusade.

            After so many decades of renown bravery—as well as becoming one of the wealthiest groups in the medieval world—they were suddenly condemned for heresy and their leaders burned at the stake. Why?

            Michael Haag brings to light much of the history that is shrouded in mystery. Surely a controversial subject, he manages to show us the origins and histories of these myths of the Knights Templar.

            These legendary pauper knights have become such an influence in world history they can literally be found everywhere. Whether it is books or movies, video games or political conspiracies, they have a bit of everything.

the templars the history and the myth michael haag

            There are some times when I just love a good history book—but not a textbook. When an author can turn history into a story and make the characters come alive, you know he or she is a true historian. That’s what Michael Haag is. It’s no wonder this is a bestseller. The Knights Templar—though I may not hold the same personal beliefs as they did—became fascinating and misunderstood characters in a play staged by world powers bigger than their own.

            I actually found myself shedding a tear or two when the gavel announced their punishments of death.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE TEMPLARS.

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