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The new knighthood : a history of the Order of the Temple

Author: Malcolm Barber
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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The Order of the Temple was founded in 1119 with the limited aim of protecting pilgrims around Jerusalem. It developed into one of the most powerful corporations in the medieval world which lasted for nearly two centuries until its suppression in 1312. Despite the loss of its central archive in the sixteenth century, the Order left many records of its existence as the spearhead of crusading activity in Palestine and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Barber
ISBN: 0521420415 9780521420419
OCLC Number: 26807179
Description: xxi, 441 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Origins --
The concept --
The rise of the Templars in the east in the twelfth century --
Hattin to La Forbie --
The last years of the Templars in Palestine and Syria --
Templar life --
The Templar network --
The end of the Order --
From Molay's curse to Foucault's Pendulum.
Responsibility: Malcolm Barber.
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The Order of the Temple was founded in 1119 with the limited aim of protecting pilgrims around Jerusalem. It developed into one of the most powerful corporations in the medieval world which lasted for nearly two centuries until its suppression in 1312. Despite the loss of its central archive in the sixteenth century, the Order left many records of its existence as the spearhead of crusading activity in Palestine and Syria, as the administrator of a great network of preceptories and lands in the Latin west, and as a banker and ship-owner. Because of the dramatic nature of its abolition, it has retained its grip on the imagination and consequently there has developed an entirely fictional 'after-history' in which its secret presence has been evoked to explain mysteries which range from masonic conspiracy to the survival of the Turin Shroud. This book offers a concise and up-to-date introduction to the reality and the myth of this extraordinary institution.

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