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Templar hero: André de Montbard

Who was André de Montbard – fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar?

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Templar hero: Hugh de Payens

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at Hugh de Payens – founder of the Knights Templar

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What medieval chroniclers said about the Templars

Much of what we read about the Knights Templar has come from voices since the Order was suppressed in 1307 and there’s a mixture of valid and truthful observations mixed up with complete hokum. So – what did folks at…

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Skeleton of a Cistercian abbot discovered in England

The Templars have been described as the military wing of the Cistercians – they were after all mentored and guided in the early years by that greatest of Cistercians – Bernard, abbot of Clairvaux.  Now, in north west England, the…

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DMV – deserted medieval villages

England has about three thousand villages that were deserted throughout history for one reason or another – plague or famine might drive people out or the enclosing of land by the gentry and even the monks.  They are often referred…

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Monsters in churches – a medieval protest

Bernard of Clairvaux did not approve of ornamentation in churches or gaudy painting but defended simplicity

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