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

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

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Castle built by Saladin – a picture gallery

A visit to Ajlun castle – built by the nephew of Saladin

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The mummified heart of Richard the Lionheart

King Richard the first of England – better known as Lionheart – was killed by a boy using a crossbow during a siege in France, defending his ancestral holdings. Richard was not only king in England but duke of both…

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Who was Jacques de Molay – last Templar Grand Master?

Everybody knows that Friday the 13th is unlucky because it was the day that Jacques de Molay and the last Knights Templar were rounded up and imprisoned by King Philip of France. De Molay would eventually be burnt to death…

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German Templars, Haifa and the Nazis

During my visit to Israel in March this year, I went to Haifa and came across the most extraordinary story…that of a group of nineteenth century Germans who called themselves Templars, built a town in Ottoman controlled Palestine and fell…

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Why were the Templars suppressed?

I almost feel like this is a game of Templar medieval Cluedo – were they killed with the Turkish mace in the banqueting hall or with the lance in the dovecote?  The web is not short of sweeping conclusions so…

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“Good” King Richard? Re-appraising the Lionheart

We all know from the story of Robin Hood that Richard the Lionheart – the first king of England called Richard – was a thoroughly good egg who went off to fight the wicked Saracens in the Holy Land.  The…

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Who were the Hospitallers?

At around the same time that the Templars were formed in the Holy Land in the early 12th century – up pops another order of military monks called the Hospitallers.  Unlike the Templars, they were not subsequently persecuted out of…

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Season of the Witch – Nicholas Cage and the Templars

Just downloaded this as couldn’t bring myself to see it in the cinema after some pretty bad reviews.  So what do I think? Well, it starts with the trial of three witches on a bridge.  They are cast off said…

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