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Templar hero: André de Montbard

Who was André de Montbard – fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar?

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Templar hero: Hugh de Payens

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at Hugh de Payens – founder of the Knights Templar

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Were the Knights Templar heretics?

The Knights Templar have been accused of being gnostic and Templar expert Tony McMahon investigates

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Five Knight Templar places to visit

Five key places mentioned in the Templar novel Quest for the True Cross by Tony McMahon

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Martin Moniz – Portuguese crusader hero – an interview with him…

Martim Moniz was a Portuguese crusader who fought with the first king of Portugal – Dom Afonso Henriques – when he conquered what was then the Islamic city of Al-Usbuna which would subsequently become the Christian capital of Portugal…Lisbon. Many…

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What medieval chroniclers said about the Templars

Much of what we read about the Knights Templar has come from voices since the Order was suppressed in 1307 and there’s a mixture of valid and truthful observations mixed up with complete hokum. So – what did folks at…

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The Jews and Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard of Clairvaux was the great spiritual force behind the Templars – the Cistercian ascetic who promoted the Order in its early years and is believed to have largely authored the Rule. As I’m in Jerusalem and have just visited…

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Omne Datum Optimum – the turning point for the Templars

Twenty years after the founding of the Templar Order, the rebel ‘anti-pope‘ Anacletus II had died and pope Innocent II was able to seize control of the church with the support of Bernard of Clairvaux and other senior clerics. There…

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The mysterious origins of the Knights Templar – fact versus conspiracy theory!

The origins of the Knights Templar are wrapped in mystery. Were they set up by the Priory of Sion or Rex Deus or just a security force protecting pilgrims?

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Were the Knights Templar really monks?

The Knights Templar are routinely referred to as ‘warrior monks’.  But were the Templars really monks in the accepted sense? In her book ‘The Templars – The Secret History Revealed’, well respected author Barbara Frale makes the point that strictly…

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