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Templar hero: Hugh de Payens

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at Hugh de Payens – founder of the Knights Templar

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How pagan temples became Christian churches in the Middle Ages – part three

Last month I was in Rome and one theme of my trip was looking at pagan temples of the Roman period that were then converted into Christian churches during the Middle Ages. In the middle of the Roman Forum are…

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How pagan temples became Christian churches in the Middle Ages – part one

I was in Rome last month and saw evidence of pagan temples converted into Christian churches – either by being converted for new use or rebuilt using materials from the old temple. When the Roman emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, he…

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Easter – ten things you never knew

Or maybe you do know some of these things – but just in case: Easter is a moveable feast that is always on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon.  However, the date of that full moon is determined…

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Knights Templar tolerance towards Muslims

The Knights Templar were accused of being too close to Islam and they certainly seem to have shown tolerance towards Muslims

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Paganism in Europe at the time of the Templars

Paganism lingered in Europe way into the Middle Ages though eventually the Catholic church suppressed it with violence

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What happened to all the Jews and Muslims in medieval Spain and Portugal?

The way in which most Jews and Muslims in Spain were forced to either convert or die

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Sun worship and other pagan influences on the Templars

The pagan influences on the Knights Templar including sun worship

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Top Ten Martyred Saints!

The top ten martyred saints – many of whom were revered by the Knights Templar

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What did the grotesque demon Abraxas have to do with the Knights Templar?

The strange connection between the demon Abraxas and the Knights Templar

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