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The head of a crusader is stolen in Ireland

Who on earth would steal the head of a crusader – dead for many centuries? A disrespectful idiot is who! Let me tell you the story… Back in 1976, aged 12, I was taken to see the mummified body of…

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How the Templars became the Order of Christ

How the Knights Templar survived in Portugal by changing their name

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Muslim inscription on the Throne of Saint Peter?

There is an incredible claim that the Muslim Shahada is inscribed on the back of the throne of St Peter in the Vatican as Tony McMahon reports

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Templar crop circle in an English village

Some mysterious crop circles turned up in Temple Balsall where the Templars once had a preceptory

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Al-Karak – crusader jewel in Jordan

The castle of Al-Karak in Jordan – الكرك – الأردن  – was visited by my good self in 2013. It is one of the great crusader forts still standing in the region. Unfortunately, three years after my visit, ISIS terrorists…

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The Crusade in Egypt – land of the Pyramids

Egypt was as much a target for Crusader and Knight Templar activity as other parts of the Middle East as Tony McMahon discovers

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Siege of Acre – disaster for the Knights Templar

The Siege of Acre in 1291 saw the Mamluks overrun the crusader fortress defeating the Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templar

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Templars and Saracens – explained by Playmobil

Well – if you’re trying to explain the crusades to your kids, why not get the Playmobil figures? I did. Hours of fun. I think one of these is a Templar, the chap with a black cross could be a…

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Martim Moniz – Portuguese crusader hero – an interview with him…

Martim Moniz was a Portuguese crusader who fought with the first king of Portugal – Dom Afonso Henriques – when he conquered what was then the Islamic city of Al-Usbuna which would subsequently become the Christian capital of Portugal…Lisbon. Many…

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Bethlehem – my visit and my photos!

We all know Bethlehem, birth place of Jesus. Clearly to the Templars and crusaders, capturing Bethlehem in 1099 had huge spiritual significance. Like the rest of the Levant, it had been taken by Muslim armies from the control of the…

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