To Kill an Order, V

by northernbeholder

There’s some overlap in the sources for To Kill an Order and Death of the Templar, since both largely cover the same subject, simply from different perspectives.  Still, there are a few new books to recommend:

In Templars and Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land, Jonathan Riley- Smith provides the reader with an excellent background to the formation and function of the Order of the Temple, including their involvement in the Kingdom of Jerusalem’s internal politics, connections with Christian Europe, and participation in military conflicts. While it contains little information directly pertaining to the downfall of the Templars, it is invaluable as a resource to understand the context of where they came from.

In addition to important contextual information regarding the Crusades at large and the role of the Catholic Church within them, John France’s The Crusades and the expansion of Catholic Christendom provides insight into the Templar’s formation and activities. He also takes a unique point of view on their downfall, offering an insight into the motives of Philip IV of France that other sources do not.

Finally, Tyerman’s The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction to provide background context on the age and situation in which the Knights Templar were formed.  While it has brief entries on the Templars themselves, it is, as the title implies, quite short, and best used to provide oneself with insight on the general outlook of the times the Templars operated in.

As always, the full list of sources can be found here.