The Monks of War Desmond Seward Brand New Folio Society [2000]


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The Monks of War by Desmond Seward

The 12th century saw the foundation of the great crusading military orders, some of which still survive today. This is a fascinating history of their attempt to fight their way into heaven. The three great orders were the Templars, Hospitallers (Knights of Malta) and Teutonic Knights. They were the first properly disciplined and officered troops in the West since Roman times.

In this acclaimed history, Desmond Seward explores the little-known history of the monks of war. He shows how the brethren fought to hold Jerusalem and Rhodes, their faceless masks and billowing white cloaks striking fear into their adversaries. The Teutonic Knights created the land of Prussia, and their Iron Cross remains the emblem of the German army. While in Spain, the knights of Santiago ranched sheep and cattle on the lonely meseta where no peasant dared settle for fear of Moorish raiders. Seward also explores why one order met a grisly end – the last of the Templars, Jacques de Molay, was burnt alive over a slow fire – while others endure today as religious charities. With a text revised considerably by the author, this is a fascinating account of those who attempted, literally, to fight their way into heaven.


  • Folio Society First Edition
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; Brand New – Still In Original Cellophane Wrap
  • Black Cloth Hardback, 338 pp
  • With 24 pages of plates, 16 in colour
  • Size 240 x 160mm, 1.3kg


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Weight 1.3 kg


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