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Omne Datum Optimum – the turning point for the Templars

Omne Datum Optimum (Latin for “Every Perfect Gift”) was a Papal Bull that gave full legitimacy to the Knights Templar? So, why was this pronouncement from the Pope so significant to the knights? Omne Datum Optimum – a big turning…

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The mysterious origins of the Knights Templar

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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Saints removed by the Catholic Church

In the 1960s, many saints were removed by the Catholic church because there was not enough evidence to prove they ever existed

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Why were the Knights Templar formed?

To find the Holy Grail of course! Well, that’s if you subscribe to the Dan Brown view of things.  But what was the official narrative for the foundation of the Templars?  Michael Haag in his book ‘The Templars’ recounts the…

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Meeting a Pope in hell

Boniface VIII was one of the last popes to reign before the crushing of the Templar Order.  He was involved in a bitter conflict with King Philip of France – the very king who would then go on to crush…

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Knights Templar demand Vatican apology for executions

Pope Benedict was asked to apologise for the execution of Jacques de Molay by modern day Templars

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A Pope calls for a Crusade against Islam

The year was 1095.  In the east, the Greek speaking Byzantine empire – inheritors of what had been left of the eastern Roman empire – had experienced a huge loss of territory to the Seljuk Turks. These nomads had swept…

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Saint Christopher the Doghead

Medieval people believed in the existence of dogheads one of which was Saint Christopher

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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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The day a Pope gave the Templars a big thumbs up

How the papacy gave the Knights Templar official recognition making the knights answerable only to Rome

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