Friday, October 8, 2010

Book Review: The 'Templar of Tyre'

The Templar of Tyre: Part III of the 'Deeds of the Cypriots (Crusade Texts in Translation, 6)The Templar of Tyre: Part III of the 'Deeds of the Cypriots by Paul Crawford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is possibly the most valuable book I have ever purchased. I've done endless research into the history of the Crusades between 1270 and 1291, and of the Templars until their dissolution in 1314. Nothing I have read matches this first hand account written by a close confidant and scribe of the Templar Grand Master, William de Beaujeu. The author witnessed some of the most significant events of the last decades of the Outremer crusader states, including the disastrous fall of Acre in 1291. His account makes clear the deteriorating conditions and the internal conflict that led to the final collapse of the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem.

This book is pricey, but its contents are priceless.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Trial of the Templars, by Malcolm Barber

The Trial of the Templars 2edThe Trial of the Templars 2ed by Malcolm Barber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an excellent historical analysis of the arrest and trial of the Templar Knights from 1307 to 1314. Malcolm Barber's meticulous research, vast knowledge, and clear analysis make this book well worth reading. Barber offers a lucid, detailed explanation of the reasons, the methods, and the machinations that brought about the persecution and defeat of the most powerful, influential, and respected medieval military order the world has known.

This book is essential to anyone who has more than a passing interest in the true history of the Templars, those Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon.

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