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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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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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The beginning of the Knights Templar

The beginning of the Knights Templar is shrouded in mystery. There’s the official version from the medieval chroniclers. And then for centuries, conspiracy theories have proliferated about how this band of knights really came into being. This post is based…

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The mysterious origins of the Knights Templar – fact versus conspiracy theory!

The origins of the Knights Templar are wrapped in mystery. Were they set up by the Priory of Sion or Rex Deus or just a security force protecting pilgrims?

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