Knights Templar Stories

Knights Templar Stories

Discover the history behind these mysterious medieval warriors.

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Knights Templar

The Knights Templar was a large organization of devout Christians during the medieval era who carried out an important mission: to protect European travelers visiting sites in the Holy Land while also carrying out military operations. A wealthy, powerful and mysterious order ...read more

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The Rise And Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors

Historian Dan Jones takes a deep dive into the origins, myths, religion, and downfall of the Knights Templar.

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10 Reasons the Knights Templar Were History's Fiercest Fighters

After Christian forces conquered Jerusalem in 1099, Europeans began making pilgrimages to the Holy Lands by the droves. On the way, they were often attacked by bandits, or even crusading knights. To protect travelers and help defend the new Christian states in the Middle East, a ...read more

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In 1303 the French King Sent Goons to Attack and Kidnap the Pope

A power-mad dictator sends agents to kidnap the pope, plunder his palace and force him to resign in disgrace on trumped-up charges. That may sound like the plot line of a contemporary action thriller. But it actually happened in 1303—a real-life drama featuring King Philip IV of ...read more

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Why Knights Templar Gave False Confessions of Depravity

The Knights Templar were revered throughout medieval Europe as the fiercest, wealthiest and most powerful military order of the era. So how were they obliterated with such devastating swiftness? Lies, spies and torture—lots of torture—masterminded by a power-hungry, money-mad ...read more

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Why Muslims See the Crusades So Differently from Christians

It’s often said that winners dictate history. Not so for the medieval holy wars called the Crusades. Muslim forces ultimately expelled the European Christians who invaded the eastern Mediterranean repeatedly in the 12th and 13th centuries—and thwarted their effort to regain ...read more

Video: Dan Jones On Templar History

Video: Dan Jones On Templar History

Historian Dan Jones breaks down the lives and legacy of the famed Templar Knights in this 7-part digital series.

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How Hate Groups are Hijacking Medieval Symbols While Ignoring the Facts Behind Them

In August 2017, hundreds of white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for a violent rally that killed one woman and injured at least 19 others. They bore images and chanted slogans that evoked Nazi Germany, the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan. But they also ...read more

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Why Friday the 13th Spelled Doom for the Knights Templar

Why are Fridays that fall on a month’s 13th day so fearful? Some attribute the origins to the Code of Hammurabi, one of the world’s oldest legal documents, which may or may not have superstitiously omitted a 13th rule from its list. Others claim that the ancient Sumerians, who ...read more

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The Knights Templar Rulebook Included No Pointy Shoes and No Kissing Mom

How often do we get a nitty-gritty view into the daily life of a medieval knight—one based on fact and not misty mythology? The Templars, founded in 1119 as a band of poor, pious knights, have been romantically reimagined in art, literature, film and folklore for centuries. The ...read more

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What Fuels Our Fascination With the Knights Templar?

The medieval crusading period threw up literally dozens of military orders–knights sworn to lead religious lives as well as fighting the enemies of Christ. We never hear about the mysteries of the Hospitallers. Or the secret bloodline of Jesus guarded by the Teutonic Order. Or ...read more

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Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

In their newly published book “Los Reyes del Grial” (“The Kings of the Grail”), medieval history lecturer Margarita Torres and art historian José Miguel Ortega del Rio claim the Holy Grail rests inside the Basilica of San Isidoro in the northern Spanish city of León. The ...read more

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Step Into the Vatican’s Secret Archives

Fifty-three miles of shelving. Thirty-five thousand volumes of catalogue. Twelve centuries worth of documents. Housed in one of the most iconic bastions of religion and culture ever, the Vatican’s Secret Archives are the stuff of historical legend—but their existence is ...read more

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You Too Can Live in a Knights Templar Castle

The Knights Templar may have been monastic warriors known as the “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ,” but you probably wouldn’t know it from the real estate they left behind. The imposing manor houses, castles and fortresses they constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries could host ...read more