Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
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Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades


Over the last 1000 years the bloodiest game of king-of-the-hill has been for supremacy on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This book recounts the stirring saga of the Knights Templar, the Christian warrior-monks who occupied the sacred Mount in the aftermath of the butchery of the First Crusade. Recruited to a life intended to lead only to martyrdom, they were totally dedicated to the pious paradox that the wholesale slaughter of non-believers would earn the eternal gratitude of the Prince of Peace. The Templars amassed great wealth, which they used to finance their 200 years of war against Moslems on the desert battlefields. The Templar's reward for those two centuries of military martyrdom was to be arrested by Pope and King, tortured and finally decreed out of existence. But their legend and legacy just would not die.

Title:Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:494 pages

    Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades Reviews

  • Helena Schrader
    Feb 13, 2016

    Dungeon, Fire and Sword by John J. Robinson provides a chronological history of the Templars that is based for the most part on historical fact rather than fantasy, mystery, hysteria or conspiracy the...

  • Paul Childs
    Jul 23, 2011

    This was an excellent book. It does cover the Templars in some detail, but I think this seems more like a broad history of the whole Crusader era. The lives and politics of popes, kings, Templars and ...

  • 'Aussie Rick'
    Nov 28, 2009

    Well looks like its all been said already, this is a great book, it covers not only the Order of the Knights Templar but the Crusades as well, what more could you ask for? The narrative is rich with h...

  • Mark
    Sep 23, 2012

    Reading Dungeon, Fire, and Sword is like watching a horrifying train wreck: you can't avert your eyes from the shocking reality of just how terribly bad the site really is. Not because Robinson's writ...

  • Carolyn
    Jan 05, 2009

    Very dense, very informative historical gloss on the formation of the Templars, not to mention the political underpinings of the crusades for Christian and Muslim. I have to say that having read this ...

  • Jamie Etwas
    Mar 18, 2013

    Historical accounts written in nearly a novel form, including plot twists, side stories and little bias (respect to many groups discussed). The author includes background and "meanwhile" type facts wi...

  • Allen Knight
    Mar 19, 2017

    This is an important addition to the personal library of anyone who wants to have a more clear understanding of the tension in the Levant and Middle East, let alone of what is emerging in Europe. Whil...

  • Kione
    Mar 03, 2008

    Before all these lame ass Templar type books and books about the secret brotherhood shit craze came about because of the movie and book Da Vinci Code there was:Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Tem...

  • Traci
    Dec 29, 2011

    Fascinating topic; it is content like this that reminds me that greed, corruption and intolerance are not new societal concepts. The behaviors that existed then and still exist today - in the name of ...

  • Lloyd Mustafa
    Aug 12, 2010

    The best I have read on the Crusades and the Knights Templar. In this book one learns that the old cut-and-dried Crusaders vs. Moslems narrative is not completely accurate, with sometimes surprising a...

About John J. Robinson

John J. Robinson was an American author and historian, best known as the author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, which was originally intended as a book about the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, but instead traced the fall of the Knights Templar, which he connected to the rise of Freemasonry. As a result of his research for this book, he became more interested in Freemasonry and subseq