The Templar Knight

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Templar massacre at Jacob’s Ford in Syria

As the name suggests – Jacob’s Ford was a crossing point in the Holy Land where the river Jordan could be traversed. It was a hundred miles from Jerusalem where the leper king Baldwin IV ruled and felt somewhat emboldened…

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Your Day of Judgment has arrived – medieval style

In English medieval churches, it’s now almost impossible to imagine the walls as they once were – covered in lurid depictions of the Day of Judgment and hell fire for the sinful.  During the Protestant Reformation, church walls were whitewashed,…

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Fantastic creatures from the Middle Ages

I was in central London today browsing through an excellent second hand book market when I came across a sixteenth century print – a genuine one of course.  What it shows is a map of Asia but more to the…

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Templar armour explained – cloaks

The Knights Templar had one of the most recognisable brands in the Middle Ages. Who didn’t know those white mantles with red crosses and what they represented? There were strict rules about how a Templar presented himself on the battlefield…

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Templar armour – armor 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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Most gory Catholic churches in the world!

Why is there so much blood and gore in Catholic churches in southern Europe?

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The Johannite heresy 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

Well – my posting on the Templars playing chess (scroll down a bit to find it) was popular and one comment from Cairo was so good that I want to share it as a separate post – so over to…

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Knight roasted to death in his armour

The horror for medieval knights of being roasted to death in their metal armour

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Saint James – the apostle who went to Spain

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

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