The Templar Knight

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Forbidden History with Jamie Theakston – and Tony McMahon!

Jamie Theakston is presenting season five of Forbidden History on Yesterday TV with Tony McMahon appearing as a regular history expert

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The Chinon parchment – a papal exoneration of the Knights Templar?

Why the Chinon Parchment found in the secret Vatican archives does not exonerate the Knights Templar from the charge of heresy

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Ten accusations made against the Knights Templar

In 1307, the Knights Templar were rounded up, imprisoned and tortured under secret orders issued by the King of France. The trials of top Templars would last for years and lead to many being burnt at the stake including the…

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How the Templars became the Order of Christ in Portugal

How the Knights Templar survived in Portugal by changing their name

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Tomar – mysterious city of the Knights Templar

I’ve been filming with the History Channel in Tomar, a town in central Portugal that was once a stronghold of the Knights Templar. I’ve written about this magical place before but having gone back again this year, I just need…

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How was Easter celebrated when the Knights Templar were around?

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was central to Christian belief. This was the idea that God had taken human form, had performed miracles and given sermons while alive and then had sacrificed himself to the most degrading form of…

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Templar secret initiation rites

When the Templars were arrested throughout France on 13th October 1307, one of the key accusations brought by the King of France, Philip the Fair, against the order was that their initiation rites involved denying Christ and spitting on the…

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How pagan temples became Christian churches in the Middle Ages – part two

I was in Rome last month and discovered a Christian church built in the Middle Ages over not one – but THREE pagan temples! You could easily walk past this church but don’t – go in and ask permission to…

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How English churches have radically transformed since the Knights Templar

How English churches have radically transformed since the Knights Templar with the removal of rood screens and whitewashing of walls

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Good Friday – my visit to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

In 2012, I was in Jerusalem and visited the Holy Sepulchre – this is the spot revered by all Christian faiths as the place where Jesus was crucified. This church – which dates back to the Roman period though little…

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