Book Review: The Rise and Fall of the Knights Templar

Picking up The Rise and Fall of the Knights Templar in the library, I was hoping to continue my trend of reading a load of rubbish books in between the ‘heavier’ academic ones I spend most of my time with, and assumed this would be another ‘Templars are secret mystic amazing guardians of light and darkness and all sorts of important stuff no one can prove’ books. I was simultaneously pleased and disappointed: disappointed, because I’d been quite looking forward to reading something terrible to give my brain a break; and pleased, because it really is an excellent historical (rather than hysterical) account of the rise and fall of the Knights Templar.

I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to seriously study the history of the Knights Templar and/or the Crusades; I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who likes ridiculous, far-fetched and baseless conspiracy theories about secret, underground, probably non-existent groups lurking in the shadows of pseudo-history.

It also gave me a historical justification for supporting my own particular choice of football team, but that’s a whole different story.

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