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The best books on the Knights Templar

There is no doubt that the Knights Templar is one of the most known monastic orders through history. While many rumors surrounded the group, many books were written on and about the Knights Templar. Many of them, unfortunately, consider the myths absolute truth with little respect for accuracy. On the other hand, there are great non-fiction books that tell the actual story of the order factually with consideration to the real events. The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple by Malcolm Barber is perhaps, one of the most remarkable writer pieces that speak of the order in an informative and enlightening manner, starting from the puzzling origins of the institution to its fall down and the...

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How the Templars influenced one of the most critical modern novels - The Da Vinci Code

The Knights of Templar was a large organization of devoted Christians during the medieval era c1118. It was founded by a French knight named Hugues de Payens who, with the help of other acquaintances, ordered a group of soldiers to set headquarters on Jerusalem's temple mount for Christians, and they all pledged to protect the Christians who come to visit the sacred temple. The Knights of the Templar, even after their dissolution in the 12th century, continued to have a significant impact on politics, the economy, and especially literature. Notably, the critically acclaimed novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. In this novel, the "Da Vinci Code " the Templars were ordered to retrieve very secretive documents buried under...

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The Knights Templar and Assassin's Creed

It is no secret that Assassin's Creed is one of the most famous video games. Ubisoft created the franchise in 2007 and has since released a series that captures the passion of gaming. However, what makes Assassin's Creed loved by most video games fans is more than a great storyline and flawless visuals and graphics. The game is heavily influenced by many historic events. If you have played the game, you have probably learned a fact or two. The third game of the series, for example, tells a detailed story about the life of the Knights Templar.  In the story, the order is portrayed as the villain against whom the Assassins combat. The prehistorical incarnation of the order serves as...

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The Speculations Surrounding the Knights Templar

The Knights Templar have been the center of myths and speculations since its first appearance in Jerusalem in the twelfth century and after their dismantlement.  Over the years, several theories have been formed about their wealth, religious ideas and practices, and even their actions outside Europe. However, that does not come as a surprise. The Knights were always secretive about their lives and rituals, which left space for speculations to merge. Yet, knowing the truths from the rumors about such an unforthcoming monastic order is challenging. When the order’s last grandmaster was executed, the Knights were brought to an end. However, their disbandment was only in France. In order to survive in other countries, like Scotland, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and...

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The Knights Templar and Modern Banking

One of the most known facts about the Knights Templar is their great military force. They were known as fierce fighters who go to war fearlessly and never let their banner, the Beauseant, fall. In reality, however, what made the Templars a well-known Christian order in the Medieval ages is their excellent material source, which made them an economic force. The order initially started in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem in the 12th century to protect Christian traders from the Middle East. Over two centuries, they were able to expand to Europe and gain great wealth. In a way or another, they were pioneers of the modern banking system as we know it today. They had a vast business...

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