- Capa dura: 448 páginas
- Editora: Viking (19 de setembro de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0525428305
- ISBN-13: 978-0525428305
- Dimensões do produto: 16,4 x 3,6 x 24,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 748 g
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The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors (Inglês) Capa dura – 19 set 2017
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The author Dan Jones placed a fact-based History to the telling of the Knights Templars. When I ordered this book in early August prior to its September 2017 release, I had no idea that the book would also be a backdrop for “Knightfall” on the History Channel beginning 6 December. I have seen enough commercials and watched Dan Jones hosting 2-minute infomercials on the series on my History Channel App on my iPhone. This was more of a pleasurable shock than anything else. The focus on this work by Dan Jones however, is sincere. Facts to History is what the author sticks too with an acceptable level of intelligence and he takes nothing for granted; however, in my opinion it also not only a story worth telling – it is a story that needs to be told. Far too many myths exist, some started centuries ago – some are myths based on Hollywood movies. Sad matter here is that some people only get their History from movies, whether they are factually based or not. (I am still looking for my money back from that lousy movie “Pearl Harbor” starring Ben Affleck btw.)
As with “The Plantagenet’s”, this book was tough to put down – I found myself waking up at night with the book as I lay in bed with the book folded open to where I dozed off to sleep. This is always the telltale sign of a book worth reading. In its History, the Knight Templars would have a total of 23 Masters of The Order of The Temple. Beginning with Hugh of Payns (1119-1136), to Arnold of Torrolla (1180-1184), to Gerard of Ridefort (1184-1189), to the last Master James of Molay (1292-1314). The order was fully disbanded thanks to King Philip IV of France. We now know where bad luck “Friday the 13th” began – it begins Friday 13 October 1307 with the mass arrest of Templars throughout France. James of Molay would be put to the flame in 1315 in a time where “due process” existed only in name and not in any sense of royal court. Magna Carta or no Magna Carta in British realm – King Philip IV was the self-proclaimed “Christ King.”
The Muslims, Mamluks, Mongols – all who fought the Templars were formidable foes to say the least. Saladin was certainly a thorn in the side – however one cannot overlook his ability to fight, defend, thwart, and/or otherwise upset plans established by an honorable Knighthood whose original intentions were to protect pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. The Temple of Solomon, Al-Aqsa Mosque – the Dome of the Rock was once the home to Templar Knights and Hospitallers. The Mosque stands today where it is in Jerusalem though there is a West Wall for believers of another faith.
Many interesting persons of History throughout this book – the most interesting to me were King Louis IX of France and King Richard I “Coeur de Lion.” Both equally effective leaders of their time, both quality representatives of what being on the Throne of a Kingdom meant. The author encapsulated their existence with exquisite poetic detail and equally managed to not linger beyond the information needed for the interested reader.
Interested readers of this time frame will not be disappointed with Dan Jones – he comes through here “swimmingly” in educating the 21st century reader. As an American and with the sort of work I do it was of additional interest to me that the author references modern day uses of “The Knights Templar.” Particularly that of drug cartels south of the American border. One in particular that has been gaining strength not only in Mexico but in El Salvador is Los Caballeros Templarios – simply put they are nothing more than another group of drug runners, extortionists, human traffickers, and other deeds of ill repute. It was refreshing to see the misuse of modern times to the cause that was once so just and unjustly removed from existence.
After having read “The Plantagenet’s”, “The Magna-Carta”, and now this book – I am forever glad I took a detour before tackling “The War of the Roses.” It has helped to formulate the background in real Historical terms – terms that are descriptive without being phony.
An example of this is Jones’ many references to old sources who lived in the Holy Land, which has real value. But those men had no knowledge of what was happening in Europe, nor the significant role played by Hugh, the Count of Champagne in France. Following their lead, Jones does the same, by casually mentioning Hugh of Champagne then setting him aside. We see the effect of this when the book addresses Bernard of Clairvaux, who was essential to the Templars. Jones asserts that the first time Bernard knew the Templars needed his help was when the king of Jerusalem sent Bernard a letter in 1126. Yet the Count of Champagne had given Bernard his abbey in 1115, was a life-long associate of Hugh de Payens who founded the Templars in 1119, and the Count became a Templar himself in 1125, at which time Bernard sent him a glowing letter on his wise choice to become a Templar and expressing his gratitude for the Count’s generosity. And Jones would have us believe that the only way Bernard knew the Templars needed his help was when the king of Jerusalem sent Bernard a letter in 1126? Seriously? Bernard did not actively support the Templars to please a king he did not know -- he did it out of gratitude to a Count whose generosity gave him an abbey and put him on the road to fame, and whose personal commitment as a knight going into religious service had already won Bernard’s admiration.
There are many other examples, but read the books and decide for yourself. Together, they really paint an intriguing picture of the Knights of the Temple.