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Why were the Knights Templar formed?

To find the Holy Grail of course! Well, that’s if you subscribe to the Dan Brown view of things.  But what was the official narrative for the foundation of the Templars?  Michael Haag in his book ‘The Templars’ recounts the…

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Seventeen Jewish bodies found in medieval well in England

A grim reminder of the pogroms that accompanied the crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries in Europe has been the gruesome discovery in England of seventeen skeletons in a medieval well.  The skeletons, jumbled together, have been subjected to…

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Top Ten movies about the Middle Ages

The top ten movies about the Middle Ages – how Hollywood has depicted the medieval period.

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Tomar – an imagining of Templar rule in Portugal

Following my post on the Templar stronghold of Tomar in Portugal – here is a video imagining what Tomar would have been like at the height of a Templar power.  Enjoy!

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Tomar – Templar jewel in Portugal

Tomar is a Templar jewel in Portugal with an incredible church and castle

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A Pope calls for a Crusade against Islam

Pope Urban called for a crusade to defend the Byzantine empire against the Seljuk Turks who had converted to Islam and now approached Constantinople

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The senseless massacre of Jews during the Crusades

Crusades began with the senseless massacre of Jewish people in Europe identified by mobs as being infidels like the Saracens

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Conquest of Jerusalem – a crusader war crime?

The conquest of Jerusalem by crusader armies in 1099 was a war crime. As Templar expert Tony McMahon shows, it led to a massacre of the population

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The more bizarre and strange saints

The Catholic church is full of strange saints with very odd stories as Templar expert Tony McMahon discovers with a bit of digging around

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