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Mogadouro – a Templar stronghold in northern Portugal

A visit to the Templar castle in Mogadouro in north east Portugal

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Newark Castle – where Templar knights were imprisoned

I must confess to having known little to nothing about Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire until the announcement this month that it will be hosting an exhibition on the Knights Templar. Why an exhibition here? Well, several knights were imprisoned down…

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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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Nimrod Fortress in the Holy Land

Driving through the Golan Heights in northern Israel I glimpsed a huge fortress up in the hills and asked my local guide what it was. He told me that it was a crusader castle named after the biblical character Nimrod….

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Where did a Templar go to the toilet?

There’s some widely held misconceptions about how filthy people were in the Middle Ages. A common view is that nobody washed and worse still…defecated or urinated wherever they wanted. The truth is actually surprisingly different. At the castle of Acre…

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Horrible things that happened in medieval sieges!

Some of the brutality and horror that used to occur during medieval sieges to intimidate the enemy

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Knight roasted to death in his armour

The horror for medieval knights of being roasted to death in their metal armour

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How the Knights Templar came to be in Ireland

There were Knights Templar in Ireland and they prospered for a while until, like everywhere else, they were imprisoned and put on trial

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