The Templar Knight

Archives


Burial place of Templar Grand Masters

This is a Templar jewel – something everybody should visit. It’s the burial place of the Templar grand masters of Portugal – a church in the town of Tomar built in the very century that the order was formed by…

Read More

Gigantes on procession in Viana do Castelo

Since I was a child, I’ve been captivated by gigantes and cabecudos – as they are called in Portugal. I realise there are variations on those spellings in Spanish and Catalan. In religious processions, they appear and the effect is…

Read More

Viagem Medieval – Santa Maria da Feira

Viagem Medieval is an annual historical festival in the town of Santa Maria da Feira in northern Portugal and a must for Templar fans

Read More

Medieval Porto in northern Portugal

Porto is my mother’s birthplace so hugely significant to me – a place where I developed a love for medieval history. Looming above the eighteenth century city centre is a mass of granite topped by the medieval cathedral. In front…

Read More

Medieval fair I visited in Portugal this weekend

The Feira Medieval in Caminha is an annual trip back in time where the whole town of Caminha in northern Portugal enters the spirit of the Middle Ages. There are knights and wenches everywhere with stalls serving hearty chivalric food….

Read More

Being Jewish in medieval Europe

The fervour of the Crusades often saw public anger turn against Jewish people in medieval Europe. There were brutal assaults and even murder. Though the horror experienced by medieval Jewish people would not equal the industrial scale nightmare that we…

Read More

Crusaders ride down a Portuguese high street – with police escort

A group of Knights Templar ride down a street in Portugal with police escort during one of the country’s many medieval festivals

Read More

Martim Moniz – Portuguese crusader hero – an interview with him…

Martim Moniz was a Portuguese crusader who fought with the first king of Portugal – Dom Afonso Henriques – when he conquered what was then the Islamic city of Al-Usbuna which would subsequently become the Christian capital of Portugal…Lisbon. Many…

Read More

Life sized stations of the cross in Portugal

Bom Jesus do Monte in the cathedral city of Braga in Portugal is a fascinating place. A hill surmounted by an eighteenth century cathedral with stairs that zigzag all the way to the top and stations of the cross chapels…

Read More

Templar war in medieval Spain!

The Knights Templar in medieval Spain were at the forefront of the long war against the Muslim caliphate that eventually resulted in victory

Read More