The Templar Knight

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How the Nazis damaged a Templar Knight

The Templar church in London suffered a Nazi Luftwaffe bomb attack in the Second World War that damaged the tombs of knights

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Mysterious Templar tunnels under Kerak castle

Kerak castle in Jordan was home to Reynald of Chatillon and underneath its honeycombed with Templar tunnels that are a feature of many Templar sites

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The Turcopole – a Templar’s best friend?

A Turcopole was a lightly armed auxiliary recruited in the east by the Knights Templar to supplement their fighting ability in the Crusades

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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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Being Jewish in medieval Europe

The fervour of the Crusades often saw public anger turn against Jewish people in medieval Europe. There were brutal assaults and even murder. Though the horror experienced by medieval Jewish people would not equal the industrial scale nightmare that we…

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Medieval Toledo – city of three faiths

Even more than Seville or Cordoba – medieval Toledo affords you a glimpse of life in Spain as a Muslim, Jewish and Christian civilisation

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Abu al-Quasim – the father of modern surgery

Abu al-Qasim was the father of modern surgery and a great example of a thinker from the era of the medieval Muslim caliphate in Spain

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Holy Sepulchre witnesses fights between Christians

The Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem is the site of the crucifixion and entombment of Jesus Christ – but it’s also been the scene of bitter in-fighting between different denominations of Christians. Holy Sepulchre – where Christians fight You would…

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Dealing with the violent bits in the Bible

I was at a christening two years ago when a priest in an Anglican church read a passage from the Old Testament.  It was the story of how God’s annointed people, the Israelites, totally destroyed a rival tribe taking no…

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Why were the Knights Templar formed?

To find the Holy Grail of course! Well, that’s if you subscribe to the Dan Brown view of things.  But what was the official narrative for the foundation of the Templars?  Michael Haag in his book ‘The Templars’ recounts the…

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