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A hard day’s knight

The Templars were founded to protect Christian pilgrims to Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem

There’s something about the Templars. Unlike any of the other orders of holy knights of the crusades, the Templars are seen as heroic, romantic heroes, fighting the good fight, sacrificing everything in the service of good against evil. They appear in everything from bestselling novels to movies and computer games. But how much of their legend is based in reality? Dan Jonesseparates fact from fiction for us in our cover feature this issue (p28), and finds that the former is even more of a gripping yarn than the latter.

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In this month’s issue… Secrets of the Templars They were the most formidable military order of the middles ages, feared as crusaders and answerable only to the pope. This month we tell the tale of how they fell from grace, and try to unpick their legends from the truth. Plus: the Jarrow March; the RAF and the battle of Britain; Martin Luther King; 26 weird facts surrounding royal births; how to make a mummy; and the crowning of Charles II