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KNIGHTFALL: The second episode!

Episode 2 of Knightfall – the plot so far

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How White Supremacists and Islamists exploit the Middle Ages

How White Supremacists and Islamist extremists exploit the Middle Ages for their own political gain

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How was Easter celebrated when the Knights Templar were around?

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was central to Christian belief. This was the idea that God had taken human form, had performed miracles and given sermons while alive and then had sacrificed himself to the most degrading form of…

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What were the Templars up to in their first decade of existence?

According to the contemporary chronicler William of Tyre, nine “noble men of knightly rank” from the Champagne region of France founded the Templar order in the year 1118. So what they do in their first ten years? Well, the answer…

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Five great novels on the Knights Templar

Five books that transport you back to the world of the Knights Templar – capturing the sense of time and place, bringing to life the mysteries and secrets. Which novels should you be taking on your summer holidays? Here’s some…

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The Templars and Islam -friends or enemies?

Five years ago I posted on this blog about a medieval Arab chronicler who visited a “Frankish” (crusader owned) house in Jerusalem only to find that pork had been banished and the cooks were serving up delicious eastern food. He…

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Five juicy facts about the Knights Templar!

So you know everything there is to know about the Knights Templar – well, watch this short film and see how smart you really are. And tell me what facts you would include in future films!

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Ten best medieval TV series

Ten best TV series about the Knights Templar or the Middle Ages

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Cathars – rebels against the church

We always think of the crusades as something that happened in the Middle East pitching western Christian warriors against eastern Muslim saracens.  In fact, the crusades of the Middle Ages were far more complex than that – and even involved…

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From an elephant to an Oliphant

There’s an intriguing object in York Minster, a medieval cathedral in northern England, that caught my attention.  It’s called an oliphant. It’s made from part of an elephant – a tusk. Carved with images of animals, it was filled with…

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