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Medieval Christmas – eight centuries ago!

What was a medieval Christmas really like? Templar expert Tony McMahon investigates Christmas in the Middle Ages

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The Walking Dead 800 years ago!

The walking dead in the Middle Ages

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Templar secret initiation rites – the truth

For centuries, it’s been alleged that the Knights Templar had secret initiation rites through which a young man joined this order of holy warriors. Some allege the Templars used rituals from the Cathar heresy – a variant of Christianity condemned…

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The ill treatment of Jews in medieval Lent

The period of Lent leading up to Easter was hazardous for Jews in the Middle Ages falsely accused of the killing of Jesus by ignorant people

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Jerash – an amazing ancient city in ruins

The ancient Roman city of Jerash never stopped changing through the Byzantine and crusader period though it declined economically and because of earthquakes

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The biblical city of Gadara in Jordan

The Templar Knight blog has just visited the biblical city of Gadara – part of the Decapolis – and now known as Um Qais to see its Roman ruins

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Saint Lucy with her eyes on a plate

One of many Christian saints reputedly martyred by the emperor Diocletian – Saint Lucy is the patron saint of the blind. Appropriately, as she either had her eyes gouged out by a Roman soldier or tore out her own eyes…

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London was once a walled city – but the wall has all but disappeared

Medieval London was a walled city and there’s a still a street called London Wall that follows where the now demolished wall once stood

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The Templar history of Syria

Syria was a prized possession of the Knights Templar – or at least parts of it – before the knights were forced out of the country

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