The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of Gods Holy Warriors Audiobook, by Dan Jones Play Audiobook Sample

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors Audiobook

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of Gods Holy Warriors Audiobook, by Dan Jones Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Dan Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525524489

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09:57 minutes

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13 seconds

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07:18 minutes

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“Dan Jones is an entertainer, but also a bona fide historian. Seldom does one find serious scholarship so easy to read.” – The Times, Book of the Year

New York Times bestseller, this major new history of the knights Templar is “
a fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger" – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem


A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies.

Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. 

In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and alleged depravity have been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.

Then, as they faced setbacks at the hands of the ruthless Mamluk sultan Baybars and were forced to retreat to their stronghold in Cyprus, a vindictive and cash-strapped King of France set his sights on their fortune. His administrators quietly mounted a damning case against the Templars, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. Then on Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and their last master was brutally tortured and burned at the stake. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.

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“Dan Jones[']…performance here confirms Jones’ rising status as a popular historian: academic, British, and a wee bit droll but always crisp and to the point and, above all else, entertaining. Who would have thought medieval history—the Magna Carta, the Plantagenets, and now the Knights Templar—could be so enthralling? So easy to follow? The Templar saga is a true saga, stretching across continents and centuries, drawing together all the finest and loftiest and most savage elements of the Middle Ages. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Jones’ fast-paced history is laced with tales of blood and bravery, disaster and victory…This is unabashed narrative history, fast-paced and full of incident.”

    — Sunday Times (London)
  • “A fresh, muscular, and compelling history…combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger.”

    — Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This is another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist.”

    — Guardian (London)


  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Dan Jones

Dan Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of Powers and Thrones, Crusaders, The Templars, The Plantagenets, Wars of the Roses, and Magna Carta. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series “Secrets of Great British Castles” and has an exclusive deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce and develop historical TV series, including adaptations of his books.