The Knights Templar: an Overview

“The vulgar notion that the Templars were as wicked as they were fearless and brave, has not yet been entirely exploded; but it is hoped that the copious account of the proceedings against the order in this country, given in the ninth and tenth chapters of the ensuing volume, will tend to dispel many unfounded prejudices still entertained against the fraternity, and excite emotions of admiration for their constancy and courage, and of pity for their unmerited and cruel fate.” – History of the Knights Templar – Charles Addison

The Aftermath of the first Crusade

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of posts about the Crusades. If you’re interested, I recommend starting with the first one which you can find here. Otherwise enjoy.

So the Crusaders had achieved the impossible.

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The Amazing First Crusade

Editor’s note: The First Crusade is the fourth post in a series of posts about the Crusades. If you’re interested, I recommend starting with the first one which you can find here. Otherwise enjoy.

Preface

When I got it in mind to write an account of the Crusades, I had no idea just how incredible the story really was. My plan for this series was to provide you with a dramatic, historically accurate, tale of our manly Christian heritage. What I didn’t expect was how easy that would be… but I guess I’ll let you be the judge of that.

 

The first Crusade is possibly one of the most underappreciated events in military history.

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The battle of Tours: Foreshadowing the Crusades

Sancerre, Loire, France

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Crusades. If you’re interested, I recommend starting with the first one which you can find here. Otherwise enjoy.

The battle of tours was one of the key battles of the medieval era. Some historians suggest that it was one of, if not the key battle that essentially saved Christianity from extinction.

Bullies

Back in high school, at some point, I was being hassled by this other kid. Not the only time, but one I remember well.

It went on for a couple weeks I can’t remember exactly how long. He was just some local trouble maker, not at all uncommon in my home town. My brother and sister and I would walk to a pick up point after school a ways from the school grounds and every day for at least a week or two he was giving me a real hard time.

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Arabian Knights: The rise of Islam

Islam

Editors note: Arabian Knights: The rise of Islam is the third in a series of posts about the Crusades. If you’re interested you should start with the first one, which you can find here. Otherwise enjoy.

Muhammad: Islam is born

Muhammad was born in (or near) Mecca in 570AD, and was orphaned shortly after (Silverstein, 2010).

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Rome, Constantine and Christianity – A Very Brief History

Red Crusades Cross

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series of posts on the Crusades. If you’re interested then you can check out the first post which provides a good exposition for the series. Otherwise enjoy.

Rome (a prelude to the prelude) 

The story of the fall of Rome, is a rather patchy tale, depending on what you consider ‘Rome’ and what you consider ‘Fall’.

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