The Templar Knight

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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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King Philip of France – liar, bully and spin doctor

King Philip of France was a liar, bully and spin doctor and he brought all these skills into play when taking down the Knights Templar

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The Knights Templar versus the medieval chroniclers

The Knights Templar got a terrible write up from medieval chroniclers like Walter Map and William of Tyre

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The mysterious origins of the Knights Templar

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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Knights Templar invented bank cheques – or not?

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

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