- Tapa blanda: 416 páginas
- Editor: Cosimo Classics (15 de octubre de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1602068224
- ISBN-13: 978-1602068223
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The History of the Knights Templars (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 oct 2007
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The vulgar notion that the Templars were as wicked as they were fearless and brave, has not yet been entirely exploded; but it is hoped that the copious account of the proceedings against the order in this country... will tend to dispel many unfounded prejudices still entertained against the fraternity, and excite emotions of admiration for their constancy and courage, and of pity for their unmerited and cruel fate. Hard-to-find in print, this history of the elusive sect of military friars and their contributions to the romantic history of the last millennium is a fascinating look at one of the most secret of secret societies. Writing in the mid 19th century, British barrister CHARLES GREENSTREET ADDISON (d. 1866) explores: . origin of the Templars . the gallant action and high discipline of the Templars . the extraordinary privileges of the Templars . the vast holdings of the Templars in England . quarrels with the King of England . Richard the Lionheart's relationship with the order . the conquest of Jerusalem . "rack-extorted confessions" . and much more.
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In the end, the Knights Templar are an organization that has been very successful....recruited well....fought great battles....asked for donations from the rich and elite of Europe.....and now accumulated some wealth that attracts attention. The fact that they won't fight back when the various Kings seek to finish them off....really tells a strong story here....that they knew their true enemy, and would not classify their own countrymen as such.
Worth reading, but prepare yourself for a tough read. If you aren't into the Knights Templar history....don't bother.
The first half of the book is about the history of the Templars, which then made me really wonder what the rest was going to be. The remaining part is about the Templars in England, and how they evolved. The idea that lawyers were later trained does makes some things fall into place for me.
Much of the history uses historical letters, so you are getting the history in the way that participants recorded it at the time.
Easy to recommend if interested in medieval, military history or the Crusades. And free don't hurt either.