By John J. Robinson
During the last thousand years, the bloodiest video game of the king-of-the-hill has been for supremacy at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the positioning of the traditional Temple of Solomon. This publication recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior-monks who occupied the sacred Mount within the aftermath of the butchery of the 1st campaign. Recruited to a lifetime of poverty, chastity and obedience meant to guide in basic terms to martyrdom at the battlefield, they have been completely devoted to the pious paradox that the wholesale slaughter of non-believers might earn the everlasting gratitude of the Prince of Peace. The Templars collected nice wealth, which they used to finance their 2 hundred years of struggle opposed to Muslims at the wilderness, within the mountains, and up the huge sweep of the Nile valley. The Templars' gift for these centuries of army martyrdom was once to be arrested through pope and king, tortured by means of the Inquisition, and at last decreed out of lifestyles. yet their legend and legacy simply wouldn't die. In telling the remarkable tale of the Knights Templar, the author's transparent rationalization of the cultural and spiritual alterations one of the Templars' enemies and acquaintances within the center East offers clean knowing of the folk who populate this stressed zone. listed below are the Sunnies and the Shiites, the Kurds and Armenians, the Arabs and Turks, who determine so prominently in modern-day headlines. The similarity in their antagonisms at the present time and people of 8 hundred years in the past are frequently so outstanding as to be eerie. Dungeon, fireplace & Sword is a superb paintings of narrative heritage that may be learn as an experience tale, a morality play, or a lesson within the politics of war.
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