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Were bombs used in the Crusades?

Templar expert Tony McMahon on a visit to a medieval castle in Jordan found evidence that bombs were used in the medieval Crusades

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Top ten medieval battles in the movies!

Movie after movie with a great medieval battle scene – Tony McMahon looks at the best of these historical hack ‘n slash pictures at the cinema

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Al-Karak – crusader jewel in Jordan

The castle of Al-Karak in Jordan – الكرك – الأردن  – was visited by my good self in 2013. It is one of the great crusader forts still standing in the region. Unfortunately, three years after my visit, ISIS terrorists…

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Top medieval bad guys – Kings to Popes!

Tony McMahon looks at one medieval bad guy after another to decide who was the most evil man in the Middle Ages among popes and kings

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Siege of Acre – disaster for the Knights Templar

The Siege of Acre in 1291 saw the Mamluks overrun the crusader fortress defeating the Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templar

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Journey to Jaffa – key city in the Crusades

Jaffa was a port in the Holy Land of key strategic importance in the Crusades though now reduced to a suburb of Tel Aviv in modern Israel

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Medieval Killer Priests who terrorised battlefields!

Medieval killer priests were men of the cloth who had no qualms about getting into armour and clubbing their enemies to death in battle

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Paganism in Europe at the time of the Templars

Paganism lingered in Europe way into the Middle Ages though eventually the Catholic church suppressed it with violence

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Discipline in a Knight Templar squadron

How discipline was enforced in a Templar squadron with strict adherence to the Rule book

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Medieval video games – are they getting it right?

There’s some amazing medieval video games out there but do they reflect the real horror of medieval battles and sieges – Tony McMahon reports

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