The Templar Knight

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Medieval divide between Muslims and Christians

The boundary between the medieval Muslim and Christian worlds was very fluid and certain individuals had no difficulty moving from one world to the other

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Cultural destruction by the so-called Islamic State

ISIS destroyed Tikrit the birthplace of Saladin who fought the Knights Templar during the crusades

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Knights Templar links to the Cathar heresy

There were links between the Knights Templar and the Cathars or Albigensian heresy that might explain why the King of France crushed the Templars

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The Madaba map of Byzantine Jerusalem

The 6th century AD Madaba Map gives an exclusive view of Byzantine Jerusalem in thousands of tiles that make up an amazing mosaic

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The Donation of Constantine – a medieval forgery

The Donation of Constantine was a medieval forgery claiming that the Roman emperor Constantine had handed over Rome to the total control of the pope

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The mysterious Templar attack on the Assassins

It’s one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Crusades. What looks an unprovoked attack by the Knights Templar on a group of Assassins who had been talking peace terms with the crusader King of Jerusalem. What led the Templars…

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Does the Nativity story make any sense?

Tony McMahon investigates the inconsistencies in the Nativity Story that forms the basis of our traditional Christmas narrative

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Saint George and his chains – in Cairo

You all know about Saint George and the Dragon and if you’re English, you’ll be aware that he is the patron saint of England. But there’s a lot more to this saint who was venerated in the Middle Ages. How…

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How the devil was once a handsome fellow!

The devil wasn’t always ugly but was once the most handsome of the angels. So, Tony McMahon asks, how did he get to be such a monster?

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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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