This book is an enjoyable look at the opposing monastic and military secret orders during the Medieval Crusades. It allows the reader to explore the foundations of modern secret societies such as the Illuminati and Freemasonry.
The reader will find three distinct secret groups. The Assassins of the Middle East, an Islamic religious sect. The Templars of Europe, dedicated crusaders eventually persecuted as heretics. The Secret Tribunals of Westphalia, self-appointed judiciary who passed judgment and performed the executions in a time when lawlessness ran rampant in Germany.
A valuable sourcebook, this makes for exciting reading. This is a big book full of facts and information.
If you want to learn about the foundations of these three groups and their influence on political history, give Thomas Keightley’s well-written book a reading. You won’t be disappointed!
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