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Venice – evidence of an evil Crusade

One of the worst atrocities committed in the name of religion must surely be the sacking of Constantinople by Christian crusaders in the year 1204. The city of Constantinople had been the capital of the eastern half of the Roman…

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Cathars – the crushing of a medieval heresy

I promised more on the Cathars – so here goes! The crusades had got off to a ripping start in the Middle East with Jerusalem taken by the crusaders and several Christian kingdoms established along the eastern Mediterranean coast (roughly…

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Cathars – rebels against the church

We always think of the crusades as something that happened in the Middle East pitching western Christian warriors against eastern Muslim saracens.  In fact, the crusades of the Middle Ages were far more complex than that – and even involved…

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The medieval roots of Halloween

Pumpkins, trick or treat and witch costumes. We all know about modern Halloween – but how might a Templar have celebrated the same day? Back in the early Middle Ages, the day we now call Halloween was more commonly called…

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Medieval displays of bible stories

In a society where literacy wasn’t as widespread as it is today and there was no entertainment from theatres, cinemas or the TV – let alone online technology – the average serf in the Middle Ages was a sucker for…

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The Knights Templar today – who and where are they?

These are the organisations that claim to be the Knights Templar today

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The cult of Santa Muerte claims some victims

A growing number of people in Mexico are turning to the worship of Saint Death – a figure who appears to be a combination of Catholic imagery with pre-Columbian beliefs. This blending of religious beliefs is called ‘syncretism’ and is…

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Caynton Caves – Templar magical site is closed down

Near Wolverhampton in England is a network of mysterious caves which the media has described as having been carved out of the rock by ‘followers of the Knights Templar’ in the 17th century.  This would of course be three centuries…

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Things you never knew about the Knights Templar

Here are a few random facts about the Knights Templar – things you may never have known.  These are from the Templar Rule which every knight had to follow to the letter. Hair – Templars were required to keep their…

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Saints removed by the Catholic Church

Many of the saints revered during the era of the Knights Templar (12th and 13th centuries) were removed from the liturgical calendar in the sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the 1960s.  Up to 40 saints were no longer…

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