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The Knights Templars: God's Warriors, the Devil's Bankers [Hardcover]

By Frank Sanello (Author)
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The contradictions and compromises of this legendary order of soldiers are illuminated in this revealing look at an often idealized Medieval institution, featuring details of the fanaticism and perversion that made them both famous and infamous.

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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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The Knights Templars: God's Warriors, the Devil's Bankers by Frank Sanello has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 09/15/2003 page 71
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/23/2003 page 55

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Taylor Trade Publishing
Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 11, 2003
Publisher   Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN  0878333029  
ISBN13  9780878333028  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! He is the author of 15 books on celebrity biography and history. As a journalist for the past 25 years, Sanello has written for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times Syndicate, People, Redbook, Cosmo and Penthouse magazines. He was also the film critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and a business reporter for UPI. He lives in Los Angeles, California. His previous books are Reel V. Real: Separating Fact from Fiction in Film and Spielberg .

Frank Sanello currently resides in West Hollywood, in the state of California.

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1Books > Subjects > History > World > Medieval
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History

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bummer  Mar 19, 2005
I found many discrepencies in Mr. Sanello's book, compared to other books I've read on the subject. Due to the absence of footnotes, it is impossible to trace Mr. Sanello's sources. While the bibliography does list good sources, I doubt that Mr. Sanello has read them, because most of the listings contain the phrase, "Quoted in...." It makes for an impressive looking bibliography but one without authority.

The section on "Europe" is merely a rehash of the dramatic events surrounding the Templar Trial.

There are a few contemporary good puns like "bull" and "bullishness" referring to Pope Alexander. Otherwise, spend your time on this subject with more reliable sources.
Good History-Ostentacious title  May 4, 2004
The history presented by this book is well documented. The author is careful to stay away from conspiracy theories, a pitfall of many authors who write about the Templars.

The book is divided into two sections: The Holy Land and Europe, the two main areas of Templar influence. The author does well to describe the Templars' activities in these arenas.

The author criticizes Charles Addison's History of the Knights Templar on many occaisions. He does so to point out that Addison's history is, at times, outdated. For example, Addison doesn't translate out of Latin, many of the more illicit crimes ascribed to the Knights Templar. Apparently such crimes as sodomy were too taboo to discuss in the 1800's when his work was published. This means that much of Addison's book is in Latin.

The biggest problem with the book is the title. The author does not make the case for the Templars being "the Devil's bankers" anywhere in his work. He describes their banking and real estate enterprises but this doesn't justify such an ostentacious title. The title would appeal to conspiracy buffs, who would then read the book but be disappointed by the author's focus.
A Good Initiation Into the History of the Knights  Apr 19, 2004
If you've wondered about the Knights Templars, who they were, what they did, and why they were important, this book will introduce you to them in a way that is fairly easy to understand without a bunch of confusing lineage tracing. From the Knights' endeavors to protect pilgrims in Palestine, to their more lucrative business endeavors in Europe, to their final hurrah tied to a burning stake, Frank Sanello takes you there. He shows how the Knights played a pivotal role in the Crusades, how they invented banking, and how royal greed can overcome most any obstacle. He also covers many of the myths surrounding not only their intiation rites and their beliefs, but also the myths surrounding their legendary wealth. Did they ever really have that much wealth? Where is it now? What about the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant? While obviously nobody actually knows for sure about these things, Sanello does cover many of the theories regarding them.

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