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Discovering the treasure of the Knights Templar – “Buried” on the History channel

Buried on the History channel will reveal where the Knights Templar hid their treasure

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Racy images in an early Islamic palace

During my recent visit to Jordan I journeyed into the eastern deserts towards Iraq and visited the only remnant of an early Islamic castle dating back to around 723AD – built by the Umayyad caliph Al-Walid II.  This was within…

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Castle built by Saladin – a picture gallery

A visit to Ajlun castle – built by the nephew of Saladin

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Being Jewish in the Middle Ages

It must be said that being Jewish in the medieval period was challenging – to put it mildly. The fortunes of Jews at this time varied dramatically but on the whole, things were not good. From the late Roman period,…

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The Battle of Hattin – from the Saracen point of view

For eight centuries, fans of the crusades have rightly held their heads in shame at the memory of the battle known as the Horns of Hattin. It was here that Saladin brilliantly ran rings round the Templar and Christian forces…

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The 13th Warrior – medieval movie and guilty pleasure

I’ve never understood the hostility that this movie generated when it came out in 1999 – it seemed that once the critical slating got underway, everybody jumped on board to throw rotten tomatoes at it…and you can go to the…

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Dealing with the violent bits in the Bible

I was at a christening two years ago when a priest in an Anglican church read a passage from the Old Testament.  It was the story of how God’s annointed people, the Israelites, totally destroyed a rival tribe taking no…

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Knights Templar tolerance towards Muslims

This is a very telling story from an excellent book – Islam’s War Against the Crusaders – in which the story of a medieval Muslim writer, Usama of Shaizar is referenced. He once visited Jerusalem and went to the Al-Aqsa…

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Tomar – Templar jewel in Portugal

Having been twice to Tomar in as many years, I can tell you that this is the Templar destination to visit.  You should treat yourself to a stay in the Hotel dos Templarios and during the day visit the ‘charola’…

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Crusader massacre of Jews

The First Crusade saw motley bands of peasants, opportunists, criminals and the medieval equivalent of gangsters flock together and go on crusade in search of riches.  On the way to the Holy Land, they often targeted Jews in Europe treating…

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