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Hi, I’m Tony McMahon.

Historian, author and former journalist. My background as a print, TV and online reporter and producer means I approach history from an investigative angle. Looking into the past to uncover the truth about mysteries that are seemingly unsolvable. My job is to distinguish fact from fiction, history from mystery.

I run several blogs covering these topics:

  • The Knights Templar and mysteries of the Holy Grail
  • Royal scandals from around the world but especially the United Kingdom
  • Science, engineering and inventions in history
  • Ancient civilisations and the Bible
  • UFOs and evidence for extraterrestrials plus the paranormal
  • Nazis and the Second World War
  • Terrorism and violent extremism in history

The Templar Knight

I’ve been running the hugely popular Templar Knight blog for ten years and the user hits just keep coming. The subjects that the blog users never tire of are ‘where are the Knights Templar today?’ and ‘did they get to America?’. I tackle the latter question on my allied YouTube channel show Templar Knight TV below.

I manage the following Templar related pages on Facebook:

Knights Templar Forum

Quest for the True Cross

History’s Terrorists

For over a decade I worked for the UK, US and other governments as a consultant on counter-terrorism and counter-extremism programs all over the world. This has given me an unparalleled network of experts in this field as well as my own personal knowledge of the subject area. Whether it’s jihadism or the extreme Right.

On YouTube, I have a series of vlogs looking at political and religious movements going back two thousand years and asking: were people we previously regarded as heroes actually terrorists?

UFOs – is there really life out there?

Join me on YouTube for a feature-length look at every UFO/UAP conspiracy theory and alien abduction you know or may not have heard of! There is massive renewed interest in the subject of extra-terrestrials and I’m across all the key arguments as you’ll see!

Jesus and the Bible

In recent years, I’ve commented on issues around the historicity of Jesus and investigated the truth about biblical prophets like Moses and Noah. The Abrahamic religions are something of an obsession of mine and I co-authored a book on Islamist ideology with the Muslim female activist Sara Khan: The Battle for British Islam (Saqi Books).

Join me on YouTube to discover if Jesus was man or myth?

Beardy History

As a TV historian with a beard, it seems obvious to call this blog….Beardy History. And I have a playlist on YouTube to entertain the fans. This edition of Beardy History looks at the often stated claim that Queen Victoria had a penchant for what are now illegal drugs. I was to discuss this on the documentary series, Forbidden History (Discovery/UKTV).