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Templar secret initiation rites – the truth

For centuries, it’s been alleged that the Knights Templar had secret initiation rites through which a young man joined this order of holy warriors. Some allege the Templars used rituals from the Cathar heresy – a variant of Christianity condemned…

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Were bombs used in the Crusades?

Templar expert Tony McMahon on a visit to a medieval castle in Jordan found evidence that bombs were used in the medieval Crusades

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A Roman high street in ancient Gadara

Gadara is a biblical city that was part of the Decapolis and where Jesus cured two people. It has black basalt Roman remains that are distinctive.

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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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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 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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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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The Battle of Hattin – from the Saracen point of view

The crusaders and Knights Templar suffered a horrific defeat at the Battle of Hattin and Tony McMahon examines the Saracen point of view of their victory

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Saladin the merciful – think again!

The truth about Saladin the merciful and his war against the Crusaders and Knights Templar

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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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