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Knights Templar links to the Cathar heresy

There were links between the Knights Templar and the Cathars or Albigensian heresy that might explain why the King of France crushed the Templars

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Maps of the Templar world

I have always loved historical maps – they never give a wholly accurate view of what the reality was on the ground but they’re fascinating to pore over. And here are some images of Europe and the Middle East at…

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Castle built by Saladin – a picture gallery

A visit to Ajlun castle – built by the nephew of Saladin

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The Knights Templar and money lending

The Knights Templar were warriors, monks, farmers, royal advisers and bankers all rolled into one. Whether they sat on fabled mountains of gold – it was certainly widely believed (particularly by certain monarchs) that they did – they certainly lent…

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Turcopoles – a Crusader’s best friend?

From the Roman empire onwards, armies have always vexed over how to get hold of the necessary manpower. This is particularly an acute problem when an empire is expanding far from home. Supply lines have always needed to be maintained…

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How did the Crusades start?

In the year 1095, Pope Urban II addressed a huge crowd at the town of Clermont in France and urged them to do something new and very exciting – to march east and fight the forces of Islam. Something terrible…

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The ancient souk of Aleppo in Syria is destroyed

Gosh – what can one say? The horror being faced by the people of Syria is stomach churning and to add to their misery, the very buildings that have given them both pleasure and a livelihood from tourists are being…

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Syria – historic sites being blasted in civil war

I wish that headline was a bit of journalist hyperbole – but the pictures say otherwise. We’d all like to think that in the current civil war in Syria, its Roman and crusader sites – jewels that should be treasured…

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The turning point for Moorish rule in Spain

While the crusades suffered setbacks in the east with the loss of Jerusalem and the advances made by Saladin – all was not well for Muslim rulers in the west.  It’s often forgotten that the crusades were not just waged…

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Saladin the merciful – think again!

The truth about Saladin the merciful and his war against the Crusaders and Knights Templar

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