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The Monks of War

By Desmond Seward

The Templars. The Hospitallers. The Teutonic Knights.

Even after almost a thousand years, the names of the great religious orders still resonate, inspiring legends and myths in equal measure. But this is their real story.

During the Crusades, groups of military religious orders emerged across Europe and became the storm troopers in the savage fight against Islam. Part monastery, part barracks, at their bases they moulded their recruits into formidable fighting men dedicated to their cause. Along the way, they accumulated huge influence, wealth, glory and power. Through force of arms, they re-shaped a continent, and in charitable works their legacy lives on to this day.

The Monks of War is the finest general history of the orders yet written.

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