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At its height, the Order of the Knights Templar rivaled the kingdoms of Europe in military might, economic power, and political influence. For 700 years the tragic demise of this society of warrior-monks amid accusations of heresy has been plagued by controversy, in part because the transcript of their trial by the Inquisition - which held the key to the truth - had vanished.Templar historian Barbara Frale happened to be studying a document at the Vatican Secret Archives when she suddenly realized that it was none other than the long-lost transcript! It revealed that Pope Clement V had absolved the order of all charges of heresy. Using this sensational new information, Frale chronicles the Templars spectacular rise and fall against a sweeping backdrop of war, religious fervor, and the struggle for dominance, and finally lifts the centuries-old cloak of mystery surrounding one of the worlds most intriguing secret societies.

©2004, 2011 Società editrici Il Mulino, Bologna Foreword copyright 2008, 2009, 2011 by Umberto Eco/L’espresso. Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. English-language translation copyright 2009, 2011 by Arcade Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Douglas Bryenldson
  • 2021-01-13

A note to the narrator

Just a brief piece of constructive criticism. Here on earth we humans don’t reading years as though they were mathematical numbers. The year 1307 isn’t read as “one thousand, three hundred and seven”. We say “thirteen oh-seven”. I felt really irritated each time you incorrectly read a year like this. Otherwise your reading performance was just fine.

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  • Mudbug
  • 2020-11-18

Insomnia? This will cure it...

If you like to listen to someone regurgitate dates and repetitive facts this is a book for you. A medical text book in latin has more entertainment value. If you are doing a thesis on the Templars you might find it useful.

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  • David N. Starr
  • 2018-03-22

Great book of you enjoy History.

The facts vs fiction of the Historic Templars its easy to see how the legend of the Templars came about. The Church leaders of the time and the Kings of the day have faded into history. The Templars unjust and brutal treatment have made them the icons of repressive peoples across the Christian world. They inspire and uplift even today!

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  • Chris Marlowe
  • 2017-12-12

Presentation of recent research

This is the real historical presentation of the recent discovery of what truly happened to the Templars, which is wonderful to be able to hear.

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  • Moose in NZ
  • 2016-11-04

Pulled the Plug Early on This One

The introductory statements offered quite some promise and I was looking forward to the rest. However, in a book of some 5+ hours, using almost 20% of that time to set context with a bland summary of the historical lead-up to the initial formation of the Templars was trying my patience too far. Added to this was the fact that although the author claimed a uniquely informed perspective (which I don't doubt) little original thinking is in evidence here. That the 'trials' of the Templars were a mockery of anything like truth or justice comes as no surprise, not that others' greed is essentially the prime motive in their becoming a target. Whilst we might not have been offered proof before now, these are hardly surprising revelations. Follow this through and no doubt some hoary mythology will be deservedly exposed, but there's little to suggest to this point that the reader will emerge any the truly wiser for their experience.

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  • tikill
  • 2022-05-21

Excellent History but not well read

The Templars are always a controversial subject these days due to media hype are recent novels/films. This book examines historical facts, some newly discovered with, a true understand of the times and the people and politics involved.
Unfortunately, this book is translated into English and the narrator clearly had a few issues delivering facts without sounding like a monotone text book. Most irritating was the way she read dates. If you can get past that, good information and very interesting.

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  • Roland Vellanoweth
  • 2022-05-17

good content bad narration

I liked the book but hard to follow as the narration is very monotone. it's like having siri read a bedtime story. overall it was interesting when taken in small doses.

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  • Kathleen
  • 2022-04-26

One thousand …. A thousand times

I found this style of pronouncing the date quite annoying. Why not twelve sixteen rather one thousand two hundred and sixteen?

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  • Minnetaki
  • 2022-02-02

Very orthodox and catholic

I am not a fun of sensational accounts on the Templars so when I read this book is a history of the order by the historian having materials from different sources including Vatican library I was hoping for a good, balanced, historical read. Not so. It is a history of the time and order as the catholic church wants to preach. Crusades are being justified, no mention of bloody slaughter is there (on the contrary author claims that the cruelties against Jerusalem's inhabitants were against orders what is childish to say the least). No mention about slaughtering European Jews by crusaders before they even reached Jerusalem and killing them after they took the city. It is the story orthodox Catholics (VERY orthodox) would like you to believe. But having interest in history for many years I don't by into it.

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  • Lissa U
  • 2021-12-28

Good book on the Knights Templar

Sad history but eye opening. Well done, and apt foreword from Umberto Eco. What an amazing group of men, though imperfect. †‡†