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Do the Templars control the world today?

I meet and talk to people in very different situations who are convinced that the Knights Templar in some guise or other control the world. How do they come to this view? A few months ago, I was talking to…

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Were the Knights Templar heretics?

The Knights Templar have been accused of being gnostic and Templar expert Tony McMahon investigates

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How the Templars became the Order of Christ in Portugal

How the Knights Templar survived in Portugal by changing their name

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Avignon – seat of the pope who crushed the Templars

Pope Clement V, the pope who crushed the Knights Templar, was based in Avignon

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The man behind the theory of the Da Vinci Code

Before Dan Brown popularised the idea of the Templars defending the bloodline of Jesus, there was a 1980s bestseller that also promoted this theory. It was called The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. One of its co-authors was a…

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The Pope who made a blood curdling speech

  Meet Pope Urban II. In 1095, His Holiness resolved to launch a new kind of war against forces in the Middle East he believed threatened Christianity. The Byzantine emperor had sent him a desperate letter warning that unless action…

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A medieval view of the Knights Templar

The early history of the Knights Templar according to William of Tyre

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Is there a Muslim inscription on the Throne of Saint Peter?

On the back of the throne of Saint Peter in the Vatican there appears to be a Muslim inscription that has been kept secret

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Lisbon conquered in the Crusades!

This is an astonishing story from the Middle Ages of how a vast crusader army on the way to the Holy Land was convinced to divert to Portugal and help a small Christian kingdom take a city called Al-Usbuna from…

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Venice and the destruction of Constantinople

One of the worst atrocities committed in the name of religion must surely be the sacking of Constantinople by Christian crusaders in the year 1204. This was a shameful episode in the history of Venice. It saw crusaders in the…

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