The Knights Templars: God's warriors, the devil's bankers
The history of the Knights Templars, the medieval order of warrior monks who fought in the Crusades, is a centuries-spanning epic that encompasses such conflicting elements as idealism and cynicism, valor and cowardice, piety and depravity.
Officially, they were The Order of the Poor Knights of Christ, and their mission was to create a safe passage for pilgrims visiting war-torn Jerusalem in the early twelfth century. Despite their vows of poverty, the Templars turned out to be brilliant businessmen, renowned for their honesty. Their monasteries served as "banks" in which Europe's rulers and nobles felt safe enough to deposit their money. The Templars also operated highly regarded medical schools, invented cashier's checks, and commanded a naval fleet that allowed them to engage in trade throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
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Review: The Knights Templars: God's Warriors, the Devil's BankersUser Review - Michael Mcclelland - Goodreads
Split into three sections: Palestine, Europe and Legend; the first gets bogged down historically with all the to-ing and fro-ing, the second picks up a pacy narrative tale, the third has a lot of ... Read full review