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Top ten medieval battles in the movies!

Movie after movie with a great medieval battle scene – Tony McMahon looks at the best of these historical hack ‘n slash pictures at the cinema

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Last Templar Grand Master executed on March 18th

The year was 1314 and near to the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar was burnt at the stake in front of a huge crowd. After two hundred years of crusading, it…

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Muslim Spain in the Middle Ages

In the year 711, only decades after the death of the prophet Mohammed, the Iberian peninsula was invaded right up to the Pyrenees and beyond. In fact, the Muslim army got as far as the city of Tours in France…

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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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Were the Crusades based on medieval Fake News?

Medieval fake news may have started two hundred years of Crusades with a forged letter from the Byzantine emperor to the Christian west begging for help

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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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The spooky crypt in a Portuguese Franciscan church

Igreja de São Francisco – or the church of Saint Francis in English – is  a fascinating place. In the first quarter of the 13th century, Franciscans started to build a church and cloister. Over the next two hundred years,…

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Being Jewish in medieval Europe

The fervour of the Crusades often saw public anger turn against Jewish people in medieval Europe. There were brutal assaults and even murder. Though the horror experienced by medieval Jewish people would not equal the industrial scale nightmare that we…

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Medieval Toledo – city of three faiths

Even more than Seville or Cordoba – medieval Toledo affords you a glimpse of life in Spain as a Muslim, Jewish and Christian civilisation

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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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