The Templars at War (ePub)
The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, better known as the Knights Templar or simply the Templars, are the most famous of the Crusading knightly orders. Formed in 1119 to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, this curious hybrid of military unit and monastic brotherhood were the staunchest defenders of the Crusader States of Outremer for nearly two centuries. Knights joining the Templars renounced their worldly possessions and vowed to follow a strict code, which included the command to fight the infidel enemy bravely regardless of the odds. They provided Christian armies with a lethal cutting edge in open battle, launching fanatical charges to break the enemy formations, as well as garrisoning a network of forts as a stubborn bulwark against reconquest.
Zvonimir Grbasic outlines their history, narrating many of their greatest victories and defeats in detail (such as Montgisard and the Horns of Hattin), describes their organization and hierarchy, training and daily life. These elite warriors, both the knights and the lowlier ranks, are illustrated with the author's beautiful original paintings and drawings.
I expect that anyone with a passing interest in medieval warfare and the Crusades will find this book a delight and want to dive into the period to find out more. I know I do.Beating Tsundoku
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"The Templars at War" features both the knights and the lowlier ranks, and are illustrated with Zvonimir Grbasic's beautiful, original, museum quality paintings and drawings. An informative and simply fascinating read from cover to cover, "The Templars at War" is a very special and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library Crusade History collections in general, and Templar History supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.Midwest Book Review
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This is a comprehensive narrative of the Templars in the Holy Land and provides a really good insight into their military practices. The book benefits from good colour maps describing the battles and the movement of the armies. In addition, the painted images of Templars of all ranks and in various types of costume are exemplary and are actually painted by the author who clearly has considerable talent as a illustrator. One matter that should be highlighted is that the author has done a magnificent job and he shows why an absence of relevant academic badges is absolutely no reason to side line great work. He deserves every support and recognition for a beautiful book.Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy, Battlefield Guide