Author(s): Alain Demurger
A pioneering investigation into the last days of the mighty Knight's Templar and their last Grand Master by one of France's greatest medieval scholars. The end of the mighty Order of the Temple is one of the greatest stories of the Middle Ages. In 1307 Philip the Fair, the devious King of France, brought one of the most powerful and wealthy institutions in the world to trial - and to an ignominious end. Jacques de Molay, the Temple's last Grand Master, was at the heart of the events in which the chivalric ideal was ousted by treachery and greed. In this pioneering investigation one of France's great medieval scholars describes Jacques de Molay's dazzling career and provides a vivid retelling of the drama of his and his Order's last days. De Molay's life took him from Burgundy to a career in the Middle East. Elected head of the Temple, he had to face the loss of the Latin Crusader States. He withdrew to Cyprus and dreamed of the reconquest of Jerusalem. Summoned to France by the Pope for discussions, he was caught up in the King of France's trap, and burned at the stake for refusing to repudiate his order. About the Author: Attached as Honorary Senior Lecturer to the University of Paris, Alain Demurger is a specialist in the history of the Crusades and the Military Orders.