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The Islamic history and influence in Europe

The Islamic influence in Europe is nothing new and you can see amazing Muslim buildings in countries like Spain and Portugal built centuries ago

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Why the Knights Templar built round churches

The Knights Templar built round churches throughout Christendom to remind themselves of the Holy Sepulchre in far off Jerusalem in the Holy Land

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More on the Templars and chess

An earlier blog post on medieval chess was very popular among fans of the Templars and I even got this message all the way from Egypt

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Were the Knights Templar illiterate?

There is a widespread belief that the Knights Templar were illiterate but Tony McMahon argues that this makes no sense when you look at their history

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Templar Knights versus Mongol warriors

The Knights Templar were famous for fighting the Muslim Saracens but they also had to confront an enormous army of Mongols in the 13th century

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Inquisition hunts down Christian converts

Christian converts from Judaism and Islam may have hoped to avoid the Spanish Inquisition but the 1506 Lisbon massacre proved otherwise

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The Knights of Malta seen in Baghdad – apparently!

The Knights Templar have provided a feeding frenzy for conspiracy theorists for centuries. So, it’s kind of refreshing to see another religious military order – the Knights of Malta – getting the same treatment. I joke, of course. Allegations about…

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Violence and murder created the Knights Templar

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at the climate of violence and mayhem that led up to the formation of the Knights Templar in 1118

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Battle of Montgisard – leper king anniversary

A look back at how the Knights Templar delivered a stunning victory at the battle of Montgisard

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Did Islamic militants inspire the Templars?

Praying and training to be warriors in communities called Ribats, a certain class of muslim warrior could have been an influence on the founders of the Knights Templar.  Unless somebody wants to dispute this and please feel free.  But it’s certainly…

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