Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades

Over the last 1000 years the bloodiest game of king of the hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior monks who occupied the sacred Mount in the aftermath of the butchery of the First Crusade Recruited to a life intended to lead only to martyrdom, they were totally dedicaOver the last 1000 years the bloodiest game of king of the hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior monks who occupied the sacred Mount in the aftermath of the butchery of the First Crusade Recruited to a life intended to lead only to martyrdom, they were totally dedicated to the pious paradox that the wholesale slaughter of non believers would earn the eternal gratitude of the Prince of Peace The Templars amassed great wealth, which they used to finance their 200 years of war against Moslems on the desert battlefields The Templar s reward for those two centuries of military martyrdom was to be arrested by Pope and King, tortured and finally decreed out of existence But their legend and legacy just would not die.
Dungeon Fire and Sword The Knights Templar in the Crusades Over the last years the bloodiest game of king of the hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar the Christian warri

  • Title: Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
  • Author: John J. Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780871316578
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    John J. Robinson

    John J Robinson was an American author and historian, best known as the author of Born in Blood The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, which was originally intended as a book about the Peasants Revolt of 1381, but instead traced the fall of the Knights Templar, which he connected to the rise of Freemasonry As a result of his research for this book, he became interested in Freemasonry and subsequently wrote A Pilgrim s Path Freemasonry and the Religious Right He is also credited as being the founding visionary of the Masonic Information Center run by the Masonic Service Association of North America He was a member of the Medieval Academy of America, The Organization of American Historians, and the Royal Over Seas League of London.

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    • Helena Schrader said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Dungeon, Fire and Sword by John J. Robinson provides a chronological history of the Templars that is based for the most part on historical fact rather than fantasy, mystery, hysteria or conspiracy theories. Compared to most of the books out there which want to see Templars behind every bush and transform devout Christians into Jews, Atheists, secret Muslims, aliens from other planets, warlocks and whatnot, it’s not bad. It is what the Germans would call “popular history,” which is a polite [...]

    • Paul Childs said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      This was an excellent book. It does cover the Templars in some detail, but I think this seems more like a broad history of the whole Crusader era. The lives and politics of popes, kings, Templars and sultans is covered in some detail.There are whole sections of the book that talk about everything but the Templars it seems, but these chapters are just as interesting and fit the wider scope of the book really well. Robinson tells a pretty good story and the book doesn't read like a fact filled his [...]

    • 'Aussie Rick' said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Well looks like its all been said already, this is a great book, it covers not only the Order of the Knights Templar but the Crusades as well, what more could you ask for? The narrative is rich with history, people and places and the author conveys the times well. This is a great story and leaves you wanting to know more about these people and the times in which they lived. A well presented and easy to read account, buy a copy and enjoy!

    • Mark said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Reading Dungeon, Fire, and Sword is like watching a horrifying train wreck: you can't avert your eyes from the shocking reality of just how terribly bad the site really is. Not because Robinson's writing is poor; He writes a compelling story about the Knights Templar. It's just the subject matter! He not only relates the history well, but also the surrounding context of the Crusades, helping the reader see the events unfold with a clear perspective of all the intrigue, greed, and murder that acc [...]

    • Carolyn said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Very dense, very informative historical gloss on the formation of the Templars, not to mention the political underpinings of the crusades for Christian and Muslim. I have to say that having read this purely factual account,based on medieval records, it's baffling that so many truly bizarre conspiracies have their roots in the Templars, whose grand masters were just as worldy and susceptible to temptation as anyone else. If they'd managed to carry off God's worldly treasures, they would have done [...]

    • Jamie Etwas said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Historical accounts written in nearly a novel form, including plot twists, side stories and little bias (respect to many groups discussed). The author includes background and "meanwhile" type facts without breaking from placing the reader in a "you are there" mindset - something rarely approached or attained in non-fictional historical accounts.

    • Simon said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Was really more interested in reading this for the history of the crusades, rather than the Knights Templar.And ye gods, what a shitshow of creed malevolence and incompetence the Crusades were.

    • Allen Knight said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      This is an important addition to the personal library of anyone who wants to have a more clear understanding of the tension in the Levant and Middle East, let alone of what is emerging in Europe. While this book focuses on the history of the Knights Templar, the intrigue of political machinations between royalty, church, Mongols, Muslims along with the ebb and flow of open and closed arrangements to enhance power and position, should suggest to the modern reader that even more opportunity for ne [...]

    • Peter said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Another good counter argument to Rene Guenon’s The Crisis of the Modern World or to anyone who thinks that rule by Church official or royalty is better than rule by elected officials. The Crusades and the Inquisition were stupid wastes that, I am inclined to say, defy description; yet they are described in breathless pacing and occasionally bitter detail by the scholar in this book. Each step of the constant churn of selfishness and greed shown by all sorts of ‘nobles’ and Church officials [...]

    • Kione said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Before all these lame ass Templar type books and books about the secret brotherhood shit craze came about because of the movie and book Da Vinci Code there was:Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the CrusadesNo glam or mystery.No heroics.No shout for freedom.No speech to rally those on the brink of defeat.No rescues of maidens.No nothing of the kind.Man at his worst.This is not a history book about religion, politics, culture, or war. But a history book about the sin of men who hide [...]

    • Traci said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Fascinating topic; it is content like this that reminds me that greed, corruption and intolerance are not new societal concepts. The behaviors that existed then and still exist today - in the name of religion - are horrifying. While the topic had a lot of interest for me and the author clearly is an expert on the subject, the book, at times, read like a history text book. There were portions that were incredibly challenging to follow given the very large number of individuals and places introduc [...]

    • Lloyd Mustafa said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      The best I have read on the Crusades and the Knights Templar. In this book one learns that the old cut-and-dried Crusaders vs. Moslems narrative is not completely accurate, with sometimes surprising alliances, and chivalrous behaviour amid the slaughter. The story of how the mysterious order of the Templars met their end in a brutal European power play is an eye-opener as well. Extremely well-written.

    • Dan Casey said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Fascinating book I picked up on a whim to read on some long plane rides. If you have either read or watched Game of Thrones and thought, "Wow, I'm sure glad people aren't this ruthless, duplicitous and cruel in real life." Read this book. While it's timeline follows the Templars it's an excellent primer on the crusades overall and medieval history of the Middle East. Great context and perspective too given current events in that part of the world.

    • George said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Mr. Robinson is a great author, and not stuffy like so many history writers/professors, " I hate writers that write a sentence in French or Latin, then don't tell you whattit means." This book will fire you up, make you want to jump on a horse, grab your sword and go off and win back our lands occupied by the foreign imperialist Arabs and Turks!

    • Amy Wolf said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      A really excellent history of the role of the Templars in the Crusades: to say it was significant is a mammoth understatement. It wasn't all Dan Brown hocus-pocus and piles of riches: Saladin had a number of Templars decapitated after a decisive battle -- these men fought bravely and to-the-death for a bizarre goal: to free an empty tomb from infidels.

    • Aaron said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      This book is very well written, and is able to provide a lot of information in an accessible way. This is the story of the Knights Templar, and their role in the Crusades. This book is a must for anyone who is interested in this time period.

    • Shelly said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Everything you wanted to know about the crusades! Really interesting. Well written. I'm done reading it for now. I'm not through it, but I'm putting it on my "reference books" list instead of my "read-through-it-from-cover-to-cover" list.

    • Kyle said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      This is a very comprehensive book on the history of the crusades and the knights templar. Not a lot of conspiracy stuff here, with exception to the last chapter which he makes very clear and feels like a separate part of the book entirely.

    • Melissa Cuevas said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      A firm, solid, historical work that is definitely a good read. It's not easy to find books on the Knights Templar that aren't focused on the whole secret society, conspiracy theory angle. This is a very fine example of a work that strives to be historically accurate and ignores the hype.

    • Jeanne said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      I read this book 5 yrs ago but never finished it, so I will do that as soon as I find it :)It was slow reading--the author writes like a professor and filled it with so many facts that my mind became tired reading it.

    • Paul said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Re-read it just to remind myself how much of basterds we've always been, regardless of any distinction. Read it, and realize how little the textbooks tell about anything.

    • Tom Fogarty said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      It's a history book that reads like a work of fiction. Compelling and comprehensive history of the Knights Templar and the Crusades. Highly recommended.

    • Shannon said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Best history book - a must read-

    • Chad said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      I've read this book twice, it's a really entertaining read! I've read that there are a lot of historical inaccuracies throughout the book.

    • Michele Brown said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Well balanced and fair representation of the Crusades, told from many perspectives, Muslim and Crusader and others.

    • Antigone said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Thorough, cogent, vast in scope. An oddly amateur manner of telling the story, but damn if he doesn't get the job done.

    • Fredrick Danysh said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      The Knights Templar have almost a mythical status. This work discusses the advent of this religious military order, its role in the Crusades, and its fall on a Friday the thirteenth.

    • Jason D'Souza said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Reading this history on the crusades and the Templars felt like reading the war stories in the Old Testament. It was awesome.

    • Thomas Müller said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      What a fantastic, driven read.

    • Rudy said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:47 AM

      Good stuff, one of the first history books I ever read.

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