The Knights Templar

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Last grand master of the Knights Templars, an order of knighthood founded during the Crusades that had attained extensive power and wealth. He failed to exercise effective leadership...

Last grand master of the Knights Templars, an order of knighthood founded during the Crusades that had attained extensive power and wealth. He failed to exercise effective leadership...

A dissected 13th century head and shoulders. It was preserved with metal wax, and reveals, surprisingly, that the Dark Ages were more scientifically advanced than we thought.

A dissected 13th century head and shoulders. It was preserved with metal wax, and reveals, surprisingly, that the Dark Ages were more scientifically advanced than we thought.

History Timeline Song: Learning World Events in Order from Ancient History to Present

History Timeline Song: Learning World Events in Order from Ancient History to Present

Pope Alexander VI (Roderigo Borgia).   1431-1503. The Pope about which the Showtime Series, the Borgias was based upon(about Rodrigo and his daughter Lucretzia, his son Juan, and his son Cesare. Read Lucrezia by Sarah Bradford for more info!

Pope Alexander VI (Roderigo Borgia). 1431-1503. The Pope about which the Showtime Series, the Borgias was based upon(about Rodrigo and his daughter Lucretzia, his son Juan, and his son Cesare. Read Lucrezia by Sarah Bradford for more info!

National hero: Scottish nationalist William Wallace was eventually captured and killed by the English in 1305

'We want our hero's letter back': English historians under pressure to return William Wallace note to Scotland

National hero: Scottish nationalist William Wallace was eventually captured and killed by the English in 1305

Part of the treasure found at the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site and now on display at the British Museum. Sutton Hoo Treasure by david.ian.roberts, via Flickr

Part of the treasure found at the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site and now on display at the British Museum. Sutton Hoo Treasure by david.ian.roberts, via Flickr

I was shocked when i found out my 23rd great grandfather was the inspiration as the bad king portrayed in the robin hood movies.

I was shocked when i found out my 23rd great grandfather was the inspiration as the bad king portrayed in the robin hood movies.

Medieval Torture and Devices! http://www.medievalarchives.com/50

Medieval Torture and Devices! http://www.medievalarchives.com/50

The Galloglaich were fierce mercenaries of Norse Scottish origin, Dion, based in the Hebrides and West Highlands. They were employed by Irish kings and princes to fight heavy English cavalry and they were also in the armies of King Robert Bruce. Their typical garb was a heavy mail hauberk and domed helmet, their arms a massive two handed sword and the formidable sparth axe.

The Galloglaich were fierce mercenaries of Norse Scottish origin, Dion, based in the Hebrides and West Highlands. They were employed by Irish kings and princes to fight heavy English cavalry and they were also in the armies of King Robert Bruce. Their typical garb was a heavy mail hauberk and domed helmet, their arms a massive two handed sword and the formidable sparth axe.

King John I Lackland 1127-1216. Fourth child of Henry II and brother of Richard l Lionheart.  Responsible (reluctantly) for the Magna Carta (Great Charter) giving justice to all.

King John I Lackland 1127-1216. Fourth child of Henry II and brother of Richard l Lionheart. Responsible (reluctantly) for the Magna Carta (Great Charter) giving justice to all.

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