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012 - The Rise of the Knights Templar

Released Sunday, 10th September 2017
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The Knights Templar, or the Poor-Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, are a fascinating example of how too much success can be a bad thing. Rapidly abandoning the 'Poor-Fellow' aspect of their name, the Templars grew into a vast land-owning organisation with enormous wealth, ignoring the growing anger and discontent against their privileges. Once they lost the 'Temple of Solomon' aspect of their name, their days were numbered...
This episode primarily makes use of the following text:
Cohn, N. Europe's Inner Demons (London, 1975)

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