I would like to take the time and this thread to denounce Andrew Gough, who fooled me into thinking he was a legit historian with his talking-headness on History Channel’s Ancient Battles and his mostly entertaining takes on The Battle of Thermopylae and Alexander The Great in the Middle East. But then he started showing up other places like Revealed (haven’t seen), NASA’s Unexplained Files (not as bad as the title would suggest) and Forbidden History (utter shyte).
One episode of Forbidden History really sealed the deal on Gough’s credibility for me. It was about The Knights Templar. He insisted that it was indisputable that they found ancient Christian relics while digging under the Temple of Solomon because suddenly and inexplicably the Knights were very rich. Out of the thin air! No other explanation is possible!
How about they invented the traveler’s check and pretty much checking in general? And also modern banking. They were the only ones providing these services to the public but it’s inexplicable how they got rich except for them finding magical artifacts buried in the dirt. I’m sure Barclays has the Holy Grail in a vault and Chase Manhattan has the Ark of the Covenant in a safe deposit box.
He’s also the editor of Heresy Magazine. A magazine for crackpot historical theories, He proved to me how easy it is to be fooled by a crackpot, so a special place in idiot hell for him.