The Templars by Dan Jones

The Templars by Dan Jones

Author:Dan Jones [Jones, Dan]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781781858905
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd.

* John had taken a slightly complex path to kingship: he had married a granddaughter of Amalric I known as Maria of Jerusalem, who had died in 1212, shortly after giving birth to Isabella, leaving John as regent.

† Two other Montaigu brothers also rose high in religious service, both based in Cyprus. Eustorg of Montaigu became Archbishop of Nicosia, and Fulk of Montaigu bishop of Limassol.

‡ In the late twelfth century an Arab customs official writing a tax manual recorded the goods that flowed through Egypt’s port towns, noting that Damietta did a particularly good trade in poultry, grain and alum – an ingredient vital to textile production throughout western Christendom. Egypt was also a source of exotic treasure robbed from the tombs of its ancient kings: besides gold and precious stones it was one of the only places in the world where pharmaceutical traders could obtain ground mummy dust – a prized ingredient in certain medieval medicines. See Abulafia, D., The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean (London: 2011) 297.

§ Assisi was the town of his birth; Francis a nickname supposedly given him in infancy by his father, meaning ‘Frenchman’.


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