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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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Were the Knights Templar really the guardians of 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?

Here’s one bit of evidence that says yes – they were. In 1307, the Templars were accused of some terrible crimes – by medieval standards. Christ’s divinity was being denied in their secret initiation ceremonies. They venerated idols, possibly including…

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How the chronicler William of Tyre described the foundation 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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