An order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world Yet two centuries later, they were arrested, accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, and their leaders were burnt at the stakePart guide, part history, this book investigates the Templar legends and legacy from the mysteries of Solomon s Temple in Jerusalem, via nineteenth century development of the Freemasons, through to Templar appearances in Dan Brown and Indiana JonesThis book explains the whole context of Templar history, including the recent evidence discovered by the Vatican that the Templars were not guilty of heresy It also features a guide to Templar castles and sites


10 thoughts on “Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons

  1. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    A sort of primer on Templar history good for somebody like me who is a novice in the field I think it may leave serious historians dissatisfied.I seemed to detect a subdued pro Christian bias throughout the narrative, but maybe that s just my perception The book does a good job of presenting the history of the Templars without any frills, and debunking conspiracy theories and far fetched ideas However, being a fan of mythology, it is the legends linking the Templars to the Holy Grail that A sort of primer on Templar history good for somebody like me who is a novice in the field I think it may leave serious historians dissatisfied.I seemed to detect a subdued pro Christian bias throughout the narrative, but maybe that s just my perception The book does a good job of presenting the history of the Templars without any frills, and debunking conspiracy theories and far fetched ideas However, being a fan of mythology, it is the legends linking the Templars to the Holy Grail that I found most interesting I would recommend it as a good introduction to Templar history for the layman


  2. Juliette Juliette says:

    I am sad I had to stop reading this book I m very interested in the Templars, but this book is so anti Islamic, It gets in the way of taking anything else seriously And I m a Christian.


  3. Romana Romana says:

    I found the history of the templars really interesting, having read a lot of the conspiracy theory stuff first The likely truth about the odd stories of the initiation rituals and the way it was twisted by Phillip is muchconvincing than the conspriracy stuff Having said that, knowing that the documentation is pretty scarce, I would have likedon which details were coming from where there was some, but not enough in my opinion and alsoabout interactions between Outremer, th I found the history of the templars really interesting, having read a lot of the conspiracy theory stuff first The likely truth about the odd stories of the initiation rituals and the way it was twisted by Phillip is muchconvincing than the conspriracy stuff Having said that, knowing that the documentation is pretty scarce, I would have likedon which details were coming from where there was some, but not enough in my opinion and alsoabout interactions between Outremer, the Templars, the Hospitalers and the Muslim states besides who was attacking what when Not sure if this due to lack of documented evidence, though I skipped most of the last section I think it s probably likely that if you re interested enough in the Templars to pick this up, you re not likely to need much of a list of Templars in popular culture examples


  4. Robin Robin says:

    Every once in a while, you get an enthusiastic amateur who writes a delightful history for the rest of us amateurs This book is neither delightful nor reliable as a history.


  5. Peter Corrigan Peter Corrigan says:

    I would highly recommend this as an introduction to the world of the Knights Templar This medium length book should be all that most people would need to know about the Templars and their actual history versus the numerous fabrications and outright fantasy erected around them in the centuries since their demise in 1314 It is well paced and written, with numerous interesting sidebars, some photos and small maps interspersed There is so much here from early Biblical history and the building of I would highly recommend this as an introduction to the world of the Knights Templar This medium length book should be all that most people would need to know about the Templars and their actual history versus the numerous fabrications and outright fantasy erected around them in the centuries since their demise in 1314 It is well paced and written, with numerous interesting sidebars, some photos and small maps interspersed There is so much here from early Biblical history and the building of Solomon s Temple through the entire Crusading era, the downfall of the Templars at the hands of Phillip IV of France and beyond He does a wonderful job of eviscerating the modern Templar conspiracy industry epitomized by the Dan Brown distortions or outright inventions glad I never spent a nickel on any of it and many other movies and books that deal even tangentially with the Templars Very few appear to have much truth other than a nugget or two to build off of into all kinds of conspiracies and world wide plots But hey, they make great stories apparently and he provides brief reviews of their historicity If you are one who leans toward a belief in many conspiracies you might do well to read this book, as so many seem to tie back into the Templars or the Freemasons there is a good section on how they emerged or the Roman Catholic Church or of course international Jewry The section on further reading is very good and annotated by topic making it very useful In addition, there is a chapter on Templar tourism sites around the world and a final section of related websites although some are now dated Could almost give this 5 stars but can t say it falls into the category of greatness , but still a really solid all around outing


  6. Bozzeed Bozzeed says:

    the only thing the auther didnt mention about why the crusade happened is that the catholic church waged war against muslims not because of defending their faith but to raid the gold rich middle east since the french were using squirl skins as currency the author also explains how the templars created their organization , self governing with legance following the catholic church, and started international banking by receiving huge donations then loaning to europeans monarchs,and how the churche the only thing the auther didnt mention about why the crusade happened is that the catholic church waged war against muslims not because of defending their faith but to raid the gold rich middle east since the french were using squirl skins as currency the author also explains how the templars created their organization , self governing with legance following the catholic church, and started international banking by receiving huge donations then loaning to europeans monarchs,and how the churches benefited from trading through them in the middle east.the author used for his references chronicles from both sides he have also written about egyptian civilization if anybody is interested


  7. Jessie Rember Jessie Rember says:

    I am probably underrating this book, but I couldn t get to the last page, which is unusual for me The first third of the book is hard core fact It s a little pendantic There are so many names, places, and dates that it is hard to keep track It is interesting, just a little less textbook would have made it easier to read The second section is takes on Templar myth, which is extremely interesting The last third itemizes books and movies that are based on Templar stories The author lost me h I am probably underrating this book, but I couldn t get to the last page, which is unusual for me The first third of the book is hard core fact It s a little pendantic There are so many names, places, and dates that it is hard to keep track It is interesting, just a little less textbook would have made it easier to read The second section is takes on Templar myth, which is extremely interesting The last third itemizes books and movies that are based on Templar stories The author lost me here It is just too choppy and too opinionated I got through over 80% of the book That s good enough for me


  8. Äsruþr Cyneaþsson Äsruþr Cyneaþsson says:

    A great study Haag covers the history of the order in ample depth whilst also addressing some of the frequent misperceptions around the Templars Haag is at times a little too assertive in his denotion of certain ideas as conspiratorial and comes across as dismissive of feasible links as a result.


  9. R.M.F Brown R.M.F Brown says:

    An excellent introduction for the laymanLong shrouded in myth, the spell the Templars weave upon the popular imagination has long been an enduring feature of Western culture, and of numerous conspiracy theories.With wit, wisdom, and an erudite piece of work, Michael Haag consigns these theories to the bonfire, as well as setting the historical record straight Whilst not an in depth look at every nut and bolt of Templar history, Haag presents enough of the early days of the founding of the order An excellent introduction for the laymanLong shrouded in myth, the spell the Templars weave upon the popular imagination has long been an enduring feature of Western culture, and of numerous conspiracy theories.With wit, wisdom, and an erudite piece of work, Michael Haag consigns these theories to the bonfire, as well as setting the historical record straight Whilst not an in depth look at every nut and bolt of Templar history, Haag presents enough of the early days of the founding of the order, their role in the crusades, and their subsequent decline and fall, to whet to the appetite for further reading numerous links are provided in the further reading section As to the destruction of the Templars and the numerous conspiracies that abound, Haag like many others argues convincingly that the loss of the Holy Land robbed the Templars of their rasion d etre, and made them prey to the ruthless ambition of the French King, Philip IV.Despite this dose of logic, the Templar myths do not die easily, linking everybody from the Masons, to the Nazis, to the Spice Girls, in one vast, global conspiracy To my mind, what is most appealing about this book is not the conspiracy theories, but the excellent section of where to go to see Templar sites Surprisingly, a large number remain in good condition in the UK, and for this, the book deserves all the credit it has received A wonderful blend of Templar history, theory, and places to visit


  10. Michael Michael says:

    There are so many myths and, frankly, misinformation in print and cinema about the organization of crusader knights called the Knights Templar that I no longer knew what to believe So I was looking for a book which would dispel the fiction and myth and report the history of the Templars The Templars History Myth by Michael Haag was did just that In the book Haag details the history of the organization from its inception to the current day In doing so he clears up all the myth surroundin There are so many myths and, frankly, misinformation in print and cinema about the organization of crusader knights called the Knights Templar that I no longer knew what to believe So I was looking for a book which would dispel the fiction and myth and report the history of the Templars The Templars History Myth by Michael Haag was did just that In the book Haag details the history of the organization from its inception to the current day In doing so he clears up all the myth surrounding the Templars One of the greatest myths permeating current culture is that the Templars somehow morphed into the Freemasons, a myth that is reported as fact time and again on the History Channel which should be called the misinformation channel for it s embracing of the Ancient Aliens poppycock This myth was totally dispelled by Haag It is a great book and, if you are interested in the facts about the Knights Templar, this is just about as good as it gets I recommend it highly