Recommended Reading


Barber, Malcolm. The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1994. The most accurate and comprehensive of the histories.

Bramato, Fulvio. Storia dell ’Ordine dei Templari in Italia (2 volumes). Rome: Atanò, 1994.

Nicholson, Helen. The Knights Templar: A New History. Sutton, 2001. Full of fascinating information and beautifully illustrated.

Partner, Peter. The Knights Templar and Their Myth. Rochester VT: Destiny Books, 1990.


Barber, Malcolm. The Trial of the Templars. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Riley-Smith, Jonathan. “Were the Templars Guilty?” The Medieval Crusade. Susan J. Ridyard, ed. Woodbridge: Boydell. 2004. See especially pp. 107-24.


Edbury, Peter, and Jonathan Philips, eds. The Experience of Crusading: 2: Defining the Crusader Kingdom. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Mayer, Hans Eberhard. The Crusades. Oxford University Press, 1972.

Riley-Smith, Jonathan. The Crusades. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.


Recently there has been a serious attempt to have many of the most important chronicles of the crusades translated into modern languages. I have been happy to use these very good translations and am grateful to have them. But in some cases, I can only suggest that the reader consult the originals.

Archives de l ’Orient Latin, (2 volumes). Paris, 1884.

The Chronicle of the Third Crusade: The Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi. Helen Nicholson, tr. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1997.

The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade. Peter Edbury, tr. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1996.

Crusader Syria in the Thirteenth Century: The Rothelin Continuation of the History of William of Tyre, with part of the Eracles or Acre Text. Janet Shirley, tr. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999.

The History of the Holy War: Ambroise’s Estoire de la Guerre Sainte (2 volumes). Marianne Ailes, tr., and Malcolm Barber, notes. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2003. Old French text and English translation.

Joinville, Jean de. Vie de Saint Louis. There are a number of translations for this.

Oliver of Paderborn. The Capture of Damietta. John J. Gavigan, tr. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1948.

The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al-Nawadir as-Sultaniyya we’l-Mahasin al-Yusufiyya, by Baha’ al-Din ibn Shaddad. D. S. Richards, tr. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.

The Templar of Tyre. Paul Crawford, tr. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

The Templars: Selected Sources. Manchester University Press, 2002. Malcolm Barber and Keith Bate, eds. and tr. A good selection of material covering the entire existence of the order.

Vitry, Jacques de. Histoire Orientale. Marie-Genviève Grossel, tr. and notes. Paris: Honoré Champion, Paris 2005.


Marquis d’Albon, Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre du Temple 1119?-1150. Paris, 1913.

Cartulaires des Templiers de Douzens. Pierre Gérard and Élisabeth Magnou, eds. Paris, 1965.

Le Cartulaire de La Selve: La Terre, Les Hommes et le Pouvoir en Rouergue au IIXe siècle. Paul Ourliac and Anne-Marie Magnou, eds. Paris: CNRS, 1985.

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