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The Crusaders   

Information
Series 1: 3x60 | HD | 2019
Production Company
Like A Shot Entertainment

If any single image epitomises the medieval era in the popular imagination, it is that of the heroic, chivalrous Knight. Clad in shining armour, sword at the ready, his home is the magnificent castle on the hill and his steed is his constant companion.

The authors of the 19th century gave birth to the image – Hollywood and modern TV carry it on. But what are the truths behind the colourful myths and legends? This series aims to find out.

These are the REAL stories of the medieval Knights who dedicated their entire lives to God and to the fight against His enemies…the men of the Holy Orders …The CRUSADERS.

Episode 2: The Teutonic Knights

‘Help, defend, Heal’ was the motto of the ‘Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem’ - the Teutonic Order. It was formed to aid Christians on their pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to establish hospitals. This was the order of the famous Teutonic Knights; their white surplass and black cross later provided the inspiration for the Prussian Iron Cross. The order survives as a purely religious order to this very day – this episode separates the myths from the reality.

Episode 1: The Knights Templar

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon are known to history as the Knights Templar. They were among the most wealthy and powerful of all of the western military orders and for the 200 hundred years of their existence, were at the forefront of Christian finance. Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order grew rapidly in membership and the Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross are the most potent image of the famous Crusades.