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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KNIGHTFALL character profile: William de Nogaret

Knightfall is the new blockbuster drama series from the History channel featuring the Knights Templar in their final days and a quest for the Holy Grail. It mixes fact and fiction to tell a compelling story. Some of the characters existed while others are fictional or a blend of people from that period. I’m going…

The Knights Templar, the Dead Sea Scrolls and hidden treasure

In 1947, two Bedouin shepherds were herding their flock on the rocky and steep slopes near Qumran by the shores of the Dead Sea in modern Israel. The area is pockmarked by caves and a goat disappeared inside one of these black holes. One of the shepherds threw a stone after it to tease the…

How white supremacists and Islamists exploit the Middle Ages for political gain

I’ve tried to avoid this topic but with comments from white supremacists appearing on social media channels linked to this blog, I need to make my position crystal clear on the relationship between the Knights Templar, white supremacists and Islamist-inspired terrorists. It’s quite simple. There isn’t one. That unfortunately hasn’t stopped groups in my native…