An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar – Studio 31
The book looks at the speculations, myths and mysteries of these legendary knights in a period that lasted only years, but still holds fascination some years later. It looks at controversial claims and conspiracies surrounding the Knights Templar and makes informed opinions about likely truths behind them - such as whether they discovered America and whether they had guardianship or special knowledge of the Holy Grail. It also makes links with the Turin Shroud, the Ark of Covenant, the Skull of Sidon, Freemasonry and other mysteries that have passed down the centuries.
It shows the historical legacy of the Templars today and how they have influenced modern ways of life and modern organizations. Beautifully illustrated with more than photographs and fine art images. These two Knightly orders were spiritual based and focussed on both religion and combat. The Templars were functioning like the Popes private army. They had great autonomy within the church and enjoyed great privilege and as an organization became very wealthy. While not part of the first Crusade they would play a part in the other seven crusades that followed.
In the Middle East there was conflict between Christianity and Islam, so it would appear on the surface. Things are not always what they seem. The Christians were far from united. The four Christian Kingdoms were far from united. The different knighly order would also fight among each other and take various sides. In the Islamic world there were factions as well. THe assassins, Sunni and Shiite Muslims were equally divided.
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It was not unheard of for a Christian faction to get together with a Muslim faction to fight a common enemy. The second crusade saw the Crusader along with the Templars and other decisively defeated Saladin. Jerusalem was lost to the Christians. The third crusade would find King Richard restoring some of the lost Christian lands. Future Crusades would also be fought against rival Christians. Among gthe Christians attacked by the Catholic crusades were the Byzantines who longs Constantinople to the Pope for a limited time.
The Cathars were also victimized by the templars and crusaders. After the 8th crusade the European crusaders and the knightly orders were kicked ouit of the Middle East. The finishing of the crusades would lead to the downfall of the Templars.
People were jealous of their wealth and privilege. First there was talk of consolidating the orders. Later on France would require wealth and lead an inquisition against the Templars in order to steal their weealth. Under great torture they were disbanded. Accused of heresy they wre considered devil worshipper. After a brief two hundred years they were gone.
The book gives a great over all summary of the Knights Templar complete with names and dates. The author gives the reader a pciuture of the unique spirituality practiced by the Templars and some of the inspirations that led to this spirituality. On the surface things have not changed much but you got to look beneath the surface. Jul 04, Billy rated it liked it. OK in general. Very good if you like pictures with your history Wasserman has no doubt spent countless hours researching the Knights Templar.
He is a member of an occult society which is somewhat built along the lines of the Templars and provides interesting insight in to the Templar mystery, but in reality, this is just a picture book surrounding a brief summary of the templar history.
Now, had the illustrations been accurate, this may be worth the purchase price, but since the drawings are all based on artistic impression, creative license, political or personal bias, and seperation by time, what you end up with is a book that places pictures in your mind when you should really be taking the information and creating your own ideas, concepts and images with your own mind.
A noble effort and worth the read for any Templar lover, but still just a picture book with some history thrown in for good measure. If you are a student of the Templars, as I am, you can probably live without this book in your library. If you are new to the subject, be careful because I would hate for preconceived notions to enter your mind as you are just starting to study a subject that is rich in culture, history, people, geography and politics. The subject of the Templars, their rise, fall and eventual destruction involves much political, religious, personal and monetary backstory that must be understood to truly appreciate the consequences.
Just be careful as you peruse the pictures, but do take note of the history because Mr. Wasserman is a very good compiler of information on this and many other topics. He is a definitely a talented researcher. Oct 01, Ann Keller rated it it was amazing. Wonderful book.
The Secret History of the Knights Templar
Wasserman presents the evidence for the Templar connection to mystical Islamic organizations such as the Assassins as well as their ties to "heretical" groups such as the Cathars, who were targeted by a crusade in southern France to expunge the challenge they presented to the orthodoxy of their time.
In addition to providing an overview of the Templars' actions during the Crusades, Wasserman revisits the trial and the charges leveled against them, showing how the Order was ruthlessly crushed. He also explores the nature of the treasure they left behind, which has fueled popular imagination for centuries. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 12mm But this is not just a picture book.
Wasserman's text also gives us an exceptionally clear, historically accurate, and esoterically true account of the history of this most mysterious of medieval knightly Orders.
His sense of the way in which Templar esotericism fuses Judaic, Islamic Ismaili , and Christian elements is a welcome and convincing alternative to the usual conditioned view that sees the three great religions separate and opposed. James Wasserman, author of the bestselling The Templars and the Assassins, provides a fascinating history of the Order and the many mysteries and legends that surround it through a unique and lavish assemblage of more than illustrations. These include images from manuscripts from the Crusades, interpretive romantic paintings from the great masters of the 18th and 19th centuries, and contemporary photographs by Steven Brooke and Vere Chappell of former Templar strongholds in Europe and Jerusalem.
Wasserman presents the evidence for the Templar connection to mystical Islamic organizations such as the Assassins as well as their ties to "heretical" groups such as the Cathars, who were expunged because of the challenge they presented to the orthodoxy of their time. In addition to chronicling the Templars' actions during the Crusades, Wasserman revisits the trial and charges leveled against them, showing how the Order was ruthlessly crushed.
A longtime student of the occult sciences, he has a played a key role in the publication of many seminal works by Aleister Crowley and is responsible for the widely acclaimed restoration of the Papyrus of Ani, The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day.
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