Post-classical history

The Real History Behind the Templars

The Real History Behind the Templars

The medieval historian who revealed The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code uncloaks the Templars.

In the year 1119, these noblemen found their calling as protectors of the faithful on a dangerous pilgrimage to newly conquered Jerusalem. Now, historian Sharan Newman elucidates the mysteries and misconceptions of the Templars, from their true first founding and role in the Crusades to more modern intrigues, including:

- Were they devout knights or secret heretics?
- Did they leave behind a fantastic treasure-hidden to this day?
- How did they come to be associated with the Holy Grail?
- Did they come to America before the time of Columbus?
- Does the order still exist?


PART ONE - The Poor Knights of Christ

Chapter 1. The Beginning of the Order

Chapter 2. Hugh de Payns

Chapter 3. Baldwin II, King of Jerusalem

Chapter 4. Hugh, Count of Champagne One of the earliest members of the Templars was also one of the...

Chapter 5. Bernard of Clairvaux

Chapter 6. Hugh de Payns Takes the Templars on the Road

Chapter 7. The Council of Troyes

Chapter 8. Go Forth and Multiply

Chapter 9. The Life of a Templar, According to the Rule

Chapter 10. Melisande, Queen of Jerusalem

Chapter 11. Fulk of Anjou, the Queen’s Husband

Chapter 12. The Temple in Jerusalem

Chapter 13. The Popes Get Involved (You Knew They Would)

Chapter 14. The Second Crusade

PART TWO - The Glory Years

Chapter 15. Grand Masters 1136-1191

Chapter 16. Between the Second and Third Crusades (1150-1191)

Chapter 17. Who Were the Saracens, Anyway? In the first paragraph of the Latin Rule of the Templars, the order’s

Chapter 18. Saladin

Chapter 19. Richard the Lionheart

Chapter 20. The Assassins

Chapter 21. The Hospitallers

Chapter 22. Grand Masters 1191-1292/93

Chapter 23. The Templars and the Saint, Louis IX of France Louis IX, King of France, whom we now know as Saint Louis,

Chapter 24. Templars and Money

Chapter 25. The Temple in Paris

Chapter 26. The Temple in London

Chapter 27. The Last Stands; The Fall of Acre and Loss of the Holy Land

PART THREE - The End of the Order of the Poor Knights

Chapter 28. Jacques de Molay: The Last Grand Master 1292-1313

Chapter 29. Philip the Fair

Chapter 30. Friday the Thirteenth; the Arrest and Trials of the Templars

Chapter 31. The Charges Against the Templars

Chapter 32. Guillaume de Nogaret

Chapter 33. The Council of Vienne and the End of the Order

Chapter 34. Time Line of the Trials

Chapter 35. The Trials Outside of France

Chapter 36. The Secret Rite of Initiation

Chapter 37. Marguerite Porete

Chapter 38. Who Were the Templars?

Chapter 39. The Other Guys; Regional Military Orders

Chapter 40. Baphomet

Chapter 41. The Cathars

PART FOUR - The Beginning of the Legends

Chapter 42. Templars in Fiction

Chapter 43. What Happened to the Templars?

Chapter 44. The Holy Grail

Chapter 45. Templars in Denmark: Bornholm Island

Chapter 46. The Templars and the Shroud of Turin

Chapter 47. Templars in Scotland: Rosslyn Chapel

Chapter 48. The Freemasons and the Templars


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