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My journey to Israel – the Wailing Wall

More accurately this should be called the Western Wall – all that remains of the incredible Temple complex built by King Herod and destroyed by the Romans – a place of fervent prayer for orthodox Jews as I saw with…

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Trip to Israel – more on historical Jaffa

Jaffa is now part of what is called Tel Aviv-Yafo in modern day Israel. A city with a long and historic past, it changed hands in ancient times between ancient Egyptians, conquering Greeks and of course the Romans. From the…

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TV adverts with medieval themes

Who would have thought that medieval themes could sell stuff? But there are plenty of adverts that have drawn on the medieval period when the Templars were around to shift merchandise. Here are some of them! This Serbian ad requires…

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

An odd tale from the medieval period… A Yuletide feast at the court of King Arthur is interrupted by a strange figure who enters on horseback.  He has a green beard, green robes and is riding a green horse.  He…

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Homs under siege – don’t plan a trip to Krak des Chevaliers

Sadly as I write, the city of Homs is under bombardment from government forces as Syria slowly sinks in to what looks increasingly like civil war. Many history buffs may be unaware of the city of Homs until I refer…

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Did women fight in the Crusades?

It’s a subject that has vexed historians and history buffs – did women fight in the crusades? There are strong claims that they did. But what role did they actually play? Saracen claim of women on crusade The Saracen chronicler…

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Christians who sought martyrdom from Muslims

These days, it’s commonly assumed that martyrdom for religious reasons is a feature of the radical end of Islam but it was once very much part of Christianity. I found one example in a Portuguese church of Franciscan friars who…

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The mysterious origins of the Knights Templar

The origins of the Knights Templar are wrapped in mystery. Were they set up by the Priory of Sion or Rex Deus or just a security force protecting pilgrims?

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Exorcism, fairies, devils and how to turn a maiden in to a love slave

There is a growing belief in exorcism in the US and Europe. The casting out of devils is coming back into vogue. It’s something our ancestors would have understood. Evil spirits were all around them waiting to make them sick,…

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The real Arn – Swedish knight templar

Who was the real Arn Magnusson – the Swedish Templar? The Templar Knight blog looks at this movie in more depth

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