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The Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople

The Fourth Crusade has to stand out as one of the most depressing and destructive events in history. A crusade that was notionally aimed by Christian Europe at the Muslim east but which was cynically diverted by Venice against its…

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Priests who kill – ordained warriors in the Middle Ages!

You would think that priests were not allowed to kill. They are, after all, men of God who worship the prince of peace, Jesus Christ. But in the Middle Ages, it was strangely acceptable for a bishop or abbot to…

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Why did England expel the Jews in the Middle Ages?

It’s not the most pleasant episode in English medieval history to look back on but it happened during the Templar period and we can’t ignore it. I’m writing about the expulsion of the Jews from England. Fortunately, we have an…

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The Forgotten Crusade

Victory and Defeat – part III of the BBC series ‘The Crusades‘ aired tonight in the UK.  Jerusalem had fallen once more to Islam while three Christian kingdoms – Antioch, Tripoli and (confusingly) Jerusalem – clung on to the coastline….

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Christians who sought martyrdom from Muslims

These days, it’s commonly assumed that martyrdom for religious reasons is a feature of the radical end of Islam but it was once very much part of Christianity. I found one example in a Portuguese church of Franciscan friars who…

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The real Arn – Swedish knight templar

Who was the real Arn Magnusson – the Swedish Templar? The Templar Knight blog looks at this movie in more depth

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Knights Templar tolerance towards Muslims

The Knights Templar were accused of being too close to Islam and they certainly seem to have shown tolerance towards Muslims

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Paganism in Europe at the time of the Templars

Paganism lingered in Europe way into the Middle Ages though eventually the Catholic church suppressed it with violence

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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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Discipline in a Knight Templar squadron

How discipline was enforced in a Templar squadron with strict adherence to the Rule book

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