The Last Templar: The Tragedy of Jacques De Molay, Last Grand Master of the TemplePaperback
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- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 300 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 23mm | 253g
- Publication date: 1 March 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 184668224X
- ISBN 13: 9781846682247
- Edition statement: Re-issue
- Illustrations note: Illustrations
- Sales rank: 331,354
In 1307 King Philip the Fair of France and Pope Clement V brought to trial one of the most powerful institutions of the medieval world: the Order of the Knights of the Temple. Alain Demurger reopens the case and tells the story of the Order's Grand Master, Jacques de Molay. He examines the arrests, the trials, the transcripts of the inquisitions and Molay's own devastating confession in this study of one of the most gruesome episodes of European history.
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Alain Demurger is an honorary lecturer in medieval history at the University of Paris. He has written and published extensively on the military religious orders which grew out of the crusades, including a history of the Templars and a general work on the 'soldiers of Christ'.
This is probably the definitive account not only of de Molay, but also of the political and financial factors at play in the closing years of the Temple. Fortean Times Scrupulously detailed. The Times A scrupulously scholarly analysis. Times Literary Supplement A well researched and thorough book. Observer A complex story of greed, chivalry, and, ultimately, execution Good Book Guide If you're tired of the Da Vinci Code school of history then this erudite volume will come as a welcome relief. -- Andy Cannon Catholic Herald