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Knight Templar ancestors – how to find them?

Templar expert Tony McMahon guides you on finding your Templar ancestors in England, Ireland and Scotland using online resources and local parish records

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Templar treasure hidden at Gisors in France?

One of the greatest mysteries relating to the Knights Templar is whether the order discovered some form of treasure in Jerusalem that would offer an explanation for their fabulous wealth. And was that treasure hidden, as has been alleged, at…

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Did the Templars fight at the Battle of Bannockburn?

In 1307, the Knights Templar in France were being arrested en masse and flung into prisons to be tortured till they confessed to heinous crimes like spitting on the cross and denying Christ. But, some Templars got away. It’s asserted…

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Magna Carta – a feminist charter?

There’s been plenty of talk in the UK about the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta this month – with the 800th anniversary looming next year. This was when King John of England was forced to sign a charter of rights…

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Maps of the Templar world

I have always loved historical maps – they never give a wholly accurate view of what the reality was on the ground but they’re fascinating to pore over. And here are some images of Europe and the Middle East at…

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Why were the Templars arrested, tortured and executed?

There are a huge number of theories as to why the Knights Templar were crushed and some are shared by Tony McMahon on the Knights Templar blog

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The son of the man who killed Macbeth becomes king

Michael Fassbender played Macbeth in the 2015 movie and also starred in Assassins Creed – a film that features the Templars as baddies

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When Braveheart killed two Templar masters

Those who have seen the movie ‘Braveheart’ will know that the English army got a pasting at the battle of Stirling Bridge after which a furious King Edward I – ruler of England and his dominions in Wales, Ireland and…

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Yorkshire Templars arrested in fateful year of 1308

The arrest of the Templars at Temple Newsam in Yorkshire came as a shock to the knights because they had got on very well with the king’s father

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The image of a Templar – the so-called Westford Knight – is fast disappearing!

The supposed grave of a Templar knight in Westford Massachusetts is fast being eroded away

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