2019 – a busy year for me on history TV programmes!

Tony McMahon calls himself the bearded historian and appears on history TV programmes making the subject fun and accessible to global audiences

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Did the Knights Templar reach America?

Did the Knights Templar reach America? I hear a resounding “no” from medieval scholars everywhere but let’s go through the various theories about how the Templars may have been in the New World a century before Christopher Columbus. Our starting point is the decision in October 1307 by the king of France, Philip the Fair,…

What happened to the treasure of the Knights Templar?

One of the greatest mysteries relating to the Knights Templar is whether the order discovered some form of treasure in Jerusalem that would offer an explanation for their fabulous wealth. Nine knights at the start of the 12th century went to the Patriarch of Jerusalem and asked for permission to guard the roads in to…