In the aftermath of the successful First Crusade, a new strategy was formulated on how to keep the Near East under Frankish control. The Siege of Caesarea was one of the first steps.
Steve Tibble tells us about the Battle of Cresson, which set the stage for a pivotal moment for the Crusaders..
The Templars were forbidden to engage in fighting against other Christians. Shockingly, however, the Templar Master Brian le Jay died fighting for Edward I against the Scots in 1298. How was this possible and what did it mean?
A fascinating look at a little-known episode in which the king of Jerusalem came to England on a fundraising expedition in 1223. Like a microcosm of the crusades, it started with high hopes and ended in bitter recriminations.
The Templars played an important, but almost unknown, role in the formation of the English navy under King John and Henry III.
We tend to think of the Templars as warriors, but with the caveat that they could not fight against fellow Christians. There were exceptions, however. Even the Templars could act as hands-off mercenaries in the murky world of medieval politics.
The extraordinary story of how the Templars stepped up to act as diplomats for England’s least diplomatic king.
The British Templars were not just bankers, diplomats and estate managers – many were swept up in the disastrous events unfolding in the Holy Land in 1187
Doubts have been raised about William Marshal’s career as a crusader – but what was the truth behind the claims?
The fight between Saladin and the Templars was personal – a relationship based on a toxic blend of fear, grudging respect and animosity.
The Templar presence in Ireland was far less nationalistic than has often been supposed – the international order had its own unique agenda.
Templar master, trusted admiral and skilled diplomat, Robert of Sablé had a chequered past – but he does not deserve the parody reputation that has emerged as a product of modern video gaming.
The Templars wanted peace in the West – but if that was not possible, they could turn moral outrage into money for the defence of the East.
Even the Templars, one of the medieval world’s most masculine institutions, were eager to get in touch with their feminine side when money and power was at stake.
Scotland played an unrecognised but central part in creating the power template for the Templar order in Britain.