The Last Templar: The Tragedy of Jacques de Molay

The Last Templar: The Tragedy of Jacques de Molay


By (author) Alain Demurger

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861975538
  • ISBN 13: 9781861975539
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,282,062

Product description

The end of the mighty Order of the Temple is one the great stories of the Middle Ages. In 1307 Philip the Fair, the devious King of France, brought one of the most powerful and wealthy institutions in the world to trial - and to an ignominious end. Jacques de Molay, the Temple's last Grand Master, was at the heart of the events in which the chivalric ideal was ousted by treachery and greed. In this pioneering investigation one of France's great medieval scholars describes Jacques de Molay's dazzling career and provides a vivid retelling of the drama of his and his Order's last days. De Molay's life took him from Burgundy to a career in the Middle East. Elected head of the Temple he had to face the loss of the Latin Crusader States. He withdrew to Cyprus and dreamed of the reconquest of Jerusalem. Summoned to France by the Pope for discussions, he was caught up in the King of France's trap, and burned at the stake for refusing to repudiate his order.

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Author information

Attached as Honorary Senior Lecturer to the University of Paris I Alain Demurger is a specialist in the history of the Crusades and the Military Orders.

Review quote

'a complex story of greed, chivalry, and, ultimately, execution.' Good Book Guide