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Is Knight Templar bravery a myth?

Templar expert Tony McMahon examines how loyal and brave the Knights Templar actually were in reality

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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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Wolfram von Eschenbach links the Templars to the Holy Grail

Were the Knights Templar really the guardians of the Holy Grail?

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The Knights Templar versus the medieval chroniclers

The Knights Templar got a terrible write up from medieval chroniclers like Walter Map and William of Tyre

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Ajlun Castle – fortress built by Saladin

Ajlun Castle – sometimes spelt Ajloun – was built by the nephew of Saladin to protect the route into Damascus from crusader invaders

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The mummified heart of Richard the Lionheart

Richard the Lionheart had his heart mummified after being killed during a siege and then the heart disappeared for centuries

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Who was Jacques de Molay – last Templar Grand Master?

Jacques de Molay was the last Templar Grand Master burnt at the stake in 1314 after the Knights Templar were crushed by the King of France

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German Templars, Haifa and the Nazis

The extraordinary story of a group of Germans who settled in Haifa in Israel called themselves Templars but then became Nazis

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Caperneum – more pics from the hometown of Jesus!

It’s spelt Capharnaum by the authorities in Israel but I always grew up knowing it as Caperneum – choose which you prefer!  But the ruins of the town where Jesus grew up is now preserved behind a wall and includes…

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Nimrod Fortress in the Holy Land

Driving through the Golan Heights in northern Israel I glimpsed a huge fortress up in the hills and asked my local guide what it was. He told me that it was a crusader castle named after the biblical character Nimrod….

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