Sunday, September 1, 2013

Back to the truth in sound sources

TemplarsNow seeks to collect and present the true story of the Knights Templar in north-western continental Europe. However, history is taken into consideration if it contributes to a better understanding of the original character of the Knights Templar which may still be of importance today. Historical items mainly focus on the early years of the Knights Templar and their partners and direct predecessors at the end of the 11th and the first half of the 12th century.

This work is hampered by much pseudo-information in books and on internet that is at least imaginative and at worst sensational. Such work is often characterized by repetition of earlier published information without presenting any or sufficient primary sources. Obviously, well documented information, based on sound historical research with ample professional references, preferably primary sources, is of the utmost importance for an objective picture of the Knights Templar, their origin and their impact then and, probably, now.

The following set of well annotated sources are sound and valuable introductions to professional literature on the Knights Templar. A useful collection of annotated primary sources is The Templars Selected Sources Translated And Annotated by Malcolm Barber and Keith Bate (2002).

The best introductions to the Templars are Malcolm Barber, The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple (1994, reissued 1996, link to the left); Alan Forey, The Military Orders from the Twelfth to the Early Fourteenth Centuries (New Studies in Medieval History) (1992); and Helen Nicholson, The Knights Templar: A New History, new ed. (2004, link to the right).





The fall of the Templars is discussed in Malcolm Barber, The Trial of the Templars, 2nd ed. (2012, link to the left).

Templar myths are the subject of Peter Partner, The Knights Templar and Their Myth, rev. ed. (1990, link to the right).






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