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Terrorists endanger Templar sites

The news that Karak castle in Jordan had been attacked by members of the so-called Islamic State is horrifying and shocking. Much worse that a Canadian tourist, Linda Vatcher, was killed in the skirmish along with members of the Jordanian…

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The fluid boundaries between Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages

The frontier or boundaries between Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages were much more fluid than you might imagine

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Save human civilisation from ISIS thuggery

ISIS or Daesh has perpetrated appalling crimes against both humanity and our historical legacy destroying priceless antiquities

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Ten things you never knew about the Knights Templar

Ten things you never knew about the Knights Templar such as running a slave trade and inventing offshore banking

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Castle built by Saladin – a picture gallery

A visit to Ajlun castle – built by the nephew of Saladin

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Were bombs used in the Crusades?

I have just returned from a ten day visit to Jordan ā€“ a country with an amazing history sandwiched between Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Over the next few blog posts, Iā€™m going to share the incredible…

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More from the biblical city of Gadara – modern Um Qais

I have just returned from a ten day visit to Jordan – a country with an amazing history sandwiched between Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to share the incredible…

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The biblical city of Gadara – my visit

I have just returned from a ten day visit to Jordan – a country with an amazing history sandwiched between Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to share the incredible…

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Turcopoles – a Crusader’s best friend?

From the Roman empire onwards, armies have always vexed over how to get hold of the necessary manpower. This is particularly an acute problem when an empire is expanding far from home. Supply lines have always needed to be maintained…

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The ancient souk of Aleppo in Syria is destroyed

Gosh – what can one say? The horror being faced by the people of Syria is stomach churning and to add to their misery, the very buildings that have given them both pleasure and a livelihood from tourists are being…

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