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Just how brave were the Knights Templar?

Templar expert Tony McMahon examines how loyal and brave the Knights Templar actually were in reality

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Was cannibalism practised during the Crusades?

A special investigation by the Templar Knight blog into medieval allegations that human meat was eaten by soldiers during the Crusades

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How White Supremacists and Islamists exploit the Middle Ages

How White Supremacists and Islamist extremists exploit the Middle Ages for their own political gain

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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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The mistaken statue of Saladin in a Templar castle

At Kerak castle, built by crusaders in the 12th century, there is a block of stone in the walls depicting a very muscular figure. For centuries, it was believed to be Saladin – scourge of the Templars and crusaders and…

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Cannibals on crusade – eating flesh in the Middle Ages

Say the word ‘cannibal’ and most people in the west have been brought up to think of some tribe of man eating savages located in the deepest jungle, maybe in a place like Borneo. But in a recent book on…

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Cyprus and the Knights Templar – a grim Easter anniversary!

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is now racked by a financial crisis.  Demonstrators have taken to the streets in their thousands as savers have been forced to hand up to as much as 10% of their savings to bail out…

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Last Templar Grand Master executed on March 18th

The year was 1314 and in front of the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar was burnt at the stake in front of a huge crowd. After two hundred years of crusading,…

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The mummified heart of Richard the Lionheart

King Richard the first of England – better known as Lionheart – was killed by a boy using a crossbow during a siege in France, defending his ancestral holdings. Richard was not only king in England but duke of both…

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The spooky crypt in a Portuguese Franciscan church

Igreja de São Francisco – or the church of Saint Francis in English – is  a fascinating place. In the first quarter of the 13th century, Franciscans started to build a church and cloister. Over the next two hundred years,…

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