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Were the Templars the first bankers in world history?

It’s often claimed that the Knights Templar were the first bankers or financiers so Tony McMahon investigates whether this is actually true

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More on Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame playing a Templar in Knightfall

The latest news on Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame playing a Templar knight in Knightfall on the History channel

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Was Jacques De Molay really the last Grand Master of the Templars?

Templar expert Tony McMahon investigates whether there was another Grand Master called Larmenius appointed by Jacques De Molay before he was burned at the stake

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KNIGHTFALL: The second episode!

Episode 2 of Knightfall – the plot so far

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KNIGHTFALL character profile: Pope Boniface VIII

The truth about Pope Boniface VIII and his struggle with King Philip of France

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KNIGHTFALL: Join me here every week for instant reviews, chat and historical facts!

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Were the Knights Templar really the guardians of the Holy Grail?

Were the Knights Templar really the guardians of the Holy Grail?

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Ten accusations made against the Knights Templar

In 1307, the Knights Templar were rounded up, imprisoned and tortured under secret orders issued by the King of France. The trials of top Templars would last for years and lead to many being burnt at the stake including the…

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Where did all the Templar treasure disappear to?

It’s vexed many down the ages. The Templars were warriors, monks and medieval bankers. They ran a financial system through their preceptories that spanned Europe and funded their crusades in the Holy Land and Al-Andalus (modern Spain and Portugal). Kings…

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Paris – the beating heart of the Knights Templar

On this very sad day, it’s worth remembering what a great historical city Paris is – and why it will endure. It was, after all, the de facto headquarters of the Knights Templar. In what is now the Marais district,…

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