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The mystery of the Templars and the magical cord

The Knights Templar were accused of worshipping a magical cord that proved they were influenced by Islam or the Cathars as Tony McMahon discovers

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The Knights Hospitaller in north London

All the time I’m discovering places where the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller had bases of operation in England. Today, I had a big surprise. On the site of Alexandra Palace in north London, the Knights Hospitaller once had…

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Game of Thrones and the Knights Templar

There are Templar influences in Game of Thrones if you look closely enough as Templar expert Tony McMahon discovers

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Were the Templars the first bankers in world history?

It’s often claimed that the Knights Templar were the first bankers or financiers so Tony McMahon investigates whether this is actually true

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Was cannibalism practised during the Crusades?

A special investigation by the Templar Knight blog into medieval allegations that human meat was eaten by soldiers during the Crusades

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Pagan Temples that became Christian churches pt 1

I was in Rome last month and saw evidence of pagan temples converted into Christian churches – either being converted for new use or rebuilt using materials from the old temple. The Pantheon is a great example of a pagan…

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How the Nazis damaged a Templar Knight

During the Second World War a German bomb severely damaged the Templar church in London chipping the tombs of Templars

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Mysterious tunnels under Templar castle

Kerak is the crusader castle in modern day Jordan from which the notoriously cruel crusader Raynald of Chatillon used to throw people off the battlements. A great limestone hulk built on a ridge and protected by steep valleys, it’s riddled…

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Turcopoles – a Crusader’s best friend?

From the Roman empire onwards, armies have always vexed over how to get hold of the necessary manpower. This is particularly an acute problem when an empire is expanding far from home. Supply lines have always needed to be maintained…

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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 knight have celebrated Halloween hundreds of years ago? Back in the early Middle Ages, the day we now call Halloween was…

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