The rise and fall of the Knights Templar

Dan Jones tells the story of a crack unit of holy hard-men who spent 200 years defending crusaders' interests in the Middle East with unblinking ferocity

"The Knights Templare were able to flight across all terrains. They were the equivalent of the SAS, the Navy SEALS or the French Foreign Legion," says Dan Jones. (Alamy)

Want to read more?

Become a BBC History Magazine subscriber today to unlock all premium articles

Unlock now