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Murder of Thomas Becket at Christmas!

The murder of Thomas Becket was celebrated on the fifth day of Christmas to remember his killing in the year 1170 as Tony McMahon discovers

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The head of a crusader is stolen in Ireland

Who on earth would steal the head of a crusader – dead for many centuries? A disrespectful idiot is who! Let me tell you the story… Back in 1976, aged 12, I was taken to see the mummified body of…

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Ten most popular Templar blog posts – of all time!

This blog started way back in 2010 – and I’ve gone back and compiled the top ten most popular Templar blog posts over the last eight years. There are some that are no longer top scoring on the views front…

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Knights Templar – your Google search terms reviewed!

The most popular Google search terms used when seeking information on the Knights Templar

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How the murder of Thomas Becket netted the Templars a tidy sum

The murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Henry II led to a massive pay out to the Knights Templar

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How a Knight Templar celebrated Christmas!

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at how Christmas would have been celebrated by the Knights Templar – welcome to a medieval Christmas of feasting!

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Sacred statues without hair and clothes

Catholic churches all over Europe are graced with sacred statues of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the many, many saints. But when these churches are closed or renovated, we see these statues in a whole new light. Shorn of their…

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Five Templar Hotspots you need to visit!

Five key places mentioned in the Templar novel Quest for the True Cross by Tony McMahon

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Catherine of Siena – a very odd medieval saint

I was in Italy in August and September this year and visited many medieval sites – in the next few blog posts, I’ll give you some highlights. But first – let’s meet a very odd medieval saint – Catherine of…

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Roman statues reused in the medieval period

On the blog, I’ve shown you examples of Roman buildings reused in the medieval period – in Rome and York for example. But Roman statues were also refashioned. Sometimes in rather peculiar ways. Medieval statue in Venice is Roman stuff…

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