The Templar Knight

Archives


A Muslim ruler and a Templar become blood brothers

Muslim Templar blood brothers

During the Crusades a Knight Templar and a Muslim sultan became blood brothers as Tony McMahon discovers a strong, unlikely friendship

Read More

Crusader King Louis and the Crown of Thorns

Saint King Louis

King Louis IX spent more time on crusades than governing the kingdom of France but he was made a saint as Tony McMahon discovers

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Read More