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Were the Templars at the Battle of Bannockburn?

Nothing is more calculated to wind up a Scottish nationalist than to suggest that King Robert the Bruce needed help from the Knights Templar to win the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314. We did it ourselves! They will cry…

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Fourth Crusade – Venice destroys Constantinople

The Fourth Crusade saw the most appalling war crime when crusaders funded by Venice destroyed a Christian city – Constantinople. Venice is now an over-visited historical tourist resort in northern Italy subject to flooding and beset of late by the…

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Ten best medieval TV series!

The Ten Best TV Series set in the medieval period from The Last Kingdom to Vikings and Game of Thrones – you choose your favourite!

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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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