This is a special episode from a series we made in collaboration with Ubisoft, the makers of Assassin's Creed.
In Assassins vs Templars, we're immersing ourselves in the real history that inspired the first game. As well as exploring rise and fall of the Knights Templar and the Assassins, we chat to leading experts and historians to analyse the historical backdrop of the first three crusades, reveal the real histories behind key characters in the game, and unearth the folklore around the mythical Holy Grail.
In this episode, Matt Lewis is joined by Dr Farhad Daftary to discuss the origins of the Assassins, what they stood for, how they interacted with Christians and other Muslims, and why the Old Man of the Mountain was so important.
Using targeted political murder to protect humanity from injustice and abuse of power, the Assassins are infamous as much for their secrecy as for their actions. The story of the Nizari branch of Ismaili Muslims goes right back to the start of Islam, and continues to this day.
Produced by History Hit and Ubisoft, with Post Production done by Paradiso Media.
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