The Templars by Dan Jones

The Templars

A major new history of the knights Templar—holy warriors, bankers, priests, heretics—by the bestselling author of The PlantagenetsJerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the T...

Details The Templars

TitleThe Templars
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Historical, Medieval, Religion

Reviews The Templars

  • Geoffrey
    (Note - I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley). Dan Jones (author of recent greats such as "The War of the Roses" and "The Plantagenets") delivers yet again with another absolutely spectacular work, and possibly his best to date. From their humble origins to their great fall, from Jerusalem to burning pyres in France, Jones takes readers through a grand history of the Knights Templar. His is a chronicle that offers focuses no...
  • Jan
    I would like to thank NetGalley for a preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Templars by Dan Jones delivers a heck of a lot of information in a highly readable format. I started out knowing very little about the Templars and now I know more than I ever really wanted to know. But that is a good thing. I like the style which is clean and easy to follow. For those who want more information, there are copious footnotes to lead...
  • Jo
    I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Okay, hands up, I may have let out an excited squeak when I got the email to say I'd won the latest book by Dan Jones. He's one of the great current historians bringing the past to a wider audience and reminding this little history nerd how interesting the past can be. Here he turns his attention to the Templars and medieval troubles in the Middle East. Totally unbiased, totally fascin...
  • Colin Mitchell
    An interesting book as an introduction to the Templar history however I did find that parts were dominated with lists of dates and names. Written in a chronological manner but lacked, for me any depth of analyses until the final chapter. Just Ok probably 2.5.
  • Michelle Kidwell
    The TemplarsThe Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriorsby Dan JonesPENGUIN GROUP VikingVikingHistoryPub Date 19 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of The Templars through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley:In Jerusalem in the year 1119 a small group of knights after the first crusade set up a new order in hopes of finding a new purpose. This small group became the first Knights of the Templar and were a band of elite warriors were prepared t...
  • Nancy
    A highly readable history of the humble beginnings,rise to power and wealth and the swift and tragic fall of the ancient Order of the Templars. Author Dan Jones divides the history into three parts. First "The Pilgrims" where we see the humble beginnings of a loosely knit group of religious men dedicated to offering safe passage to pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. Then "The Soldiers" tells about the coalescence of the Order into a fighting...
  • Sarah -
    Such a fantastic read. Dan Jones has once again shown why he's one of the best historians writing today.See my full review at or CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THIS ONE AND YES I AM AWARE I AM SHOUTING BUT I'M NOT EVEN SORRY.Okay, now that that's out of my system, I will attempt to wait ever so patiently for this one to be released, and for Dan Jones to come...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Wow! If I hadn't known that George RR Martin was inspired by The War of Roses – I'd be sure he's gotten all of his material from the Knights of Templar! This is as informative as it is entertaining, nonfiction you cannot believe is true!
  • Hasso von Moltke
    As my first book by Dan Jones, I found this book superb. It was a solid overview of the Templars' history. Jones was able to cast the Templars in a multifaceted light throughout their history. He doesn't pull any punches about their vainglorious, foolhardy, or horrific episodes, yet I was still getting worked up and sympathizing with the Templars by the end of the book at their ignoble fall to the Inquisition and the machinations of Phillip IV.Jo...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    The shocking truth would prove the Templars innocent.The Templars - short for the Poor Knighthood of Temple - were poor, but wealthy, setting up the financial institutions funding the never-ending crusades against the Muslim invaders of the Holy Land. They were also merciless against these enemies. They swore their allegiance to the Pope and his successors, not the kings or other nations. The Templars were founded by Hugh of Payns in the humble b...
  • Craig Pearson
    Thanks to NetGalley for providing this book!The manuscript provided by the publisher was difficult to read because the electronic version had many distortions in format. The editorial notes were left in the version I received.It was very difficult to keep track of the various characters and locations that were presented in the book. The timeline was also hard to visualize causing confusion with what was happening when. The book was otherwise rela...
  • Louise Scholl
    I won this book in a Goodreads give away. It's a gift for my husband, and he is going to love it.
  • Nancy
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.A very well written history. I was engaged throughout and was impressed by the writing of this book.