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Were the Templars the first bankers in world history?

It’s often claimed that the Knights Templar were the first bankers or financiers so Tony McMahon investigates whether this is actually true

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Templar hero: Hugh de Payens

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at Hugh de Payens – founder of the Knights Templar

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Wolfram von Eschenbach links the Templars to the Holy Grail

Were the Knights Templar really the guardians of the Holy Grail?

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Were the charges against the Templars trumped up?

If we look at how Philip, king of France and scourge of the Templars, behaved during his reign – then we can conclude that the charges he brought against the Knights Templar were a complete stitch up. Sodomy – a…

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A medieval view of the Knights Templar

The early history of the Knights Templar according to William of Tyre

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The Knights Templar and money lending

The Knights Templar were warriors, monks, farmers, royal advisers and bankers all rolled into one. Whether they sat on fabled mountains of gold – it was certainly widely believed (particularly by certain monarchs) that they did – they certainly lent…

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The mysterious origins of the Knights Templar – fact versus conspiracy theory!

The origins of the Knights Templar are wrapped in mystery. Were they set up by the Priory of Sion or Rex Deus or just a security force protecting pilgrims?

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Doubtful that the Knights Templar invented bank cheques after all

Contrary to what many think the Knights Templar did not invent the bank cheque – but they certainly popularised its use

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