The Templar Knight

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Templar armour explained – head gear

What did a Templar wear on his head when going into battle? The fact is that the helmet worn by the knights changed over the centuries starting as something more Norman in character and ending up with the big sugar-loaf…

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John the Baptist and the Knights Templar

The Knights Templar may have been exposed to many heretical views in the east including the Johannite heresy that venerated John the Baptist above Jesus Christ

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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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Knight roasted to death in his armour

Pity Sir Edmund Springhouse who was roasted in his own armour while fighting the French – a typical horror of medieval warfare

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Templars and sodomy – were the knights really gay?

The Templars are often accused of being gay or more particularly sodomites but this may have been a propaganda slur

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Saint James – an apostle in Spain?

How Saint James became the patron saint of crusaders and his shrine at Santiago de Compostela

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Templar Rule Book created model campers?

The Templar Rule book laid down stringent instructions that led the knights to be model campers – the tidiest of warriors

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Templars in Leeds – northern knights!

The city of Leeds in northern England has a rich Templar heritage that is often not fully appreciated

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Templar Curse of Segovia

The Templar church at Segovia in Spain is dedicated to the True Cross and there is a story of a curious curse put by the knights on the local crows

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Ironclad – teaser trailer

A quick look at Ironclad the movie

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