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Thirteen Black Death skeletons found in London

Thirteen skeletons have been unearthed in the Farringdon area of London – believed to be victims of the fourteenth century Black Death. The terrible plague hit England in the period after the Knights Templar were disbanded and swept away entire…

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Top Ten Templar books

What are the top ten Templar books?  Goodreads has compiled its list and there’s some obvious candidates and a few surprises. So – what are the top three? The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury – most famous for the scene…

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History Today magazine lists its top ten history movies

History Today is a great magazine to read and I’ve subscribed for many years. Listed below are the movies that History Today staffers recommend you watch to transport you back to very different historical eras. So, here are the History…

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Pope Benedict XVI resigns – is this unprecedented?

The Pope announced that he intended to resign today on grounds of ill health and age – leaving office before the end of the month. In recent centuries, the view has been that popes continue until they croak but Pope…

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World Without End – first thoughts on the first part

Well, I’ve just seen the first episode of World Without End and two hours certainly zipped by! The action begins with the defeat of Edward II by his wife and her lover. You’ll possibly recall that this deposed monarch allegedly…

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World Without End – Ken Follett medieval saga coming to your TV screens

Hopefully you all enjoyed the TV serialization of Pillars of the Earth – now, inevitably, comes the sequel World Without End.  Follett is a great story teller and while some purists have been upset by the twisting of historical fact,…

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The grave of the Prophet to be destroyed – but not by crusaders

During the crusades, there were numerous plans to try and invade Mecca and Medina to dig up the Prophet Mohammed and despoil the holy places. The view of Templars and all crusaders was that Islam had been a terrible heresy, a…

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Horrible Histories – great way for kids to learn

The BBC has been running a TV series based on the books of Terry Deary – the Horrible Histories. They’re a very irreverent look at different periods in the past. Take this one on the medieval era as a good…

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Vatican butler and papal intrigues

Paolo Gabriele has been very swiftly convicted of leaking sensitive documents, which he gained access to as the butler to Pope Benedict XVI. The trial has thrown up some unwelcome details about how the Vatican operates – especially the existence…

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The ancient souk of Aleppo in Syria is destroyed

Gosh – what can one say? The horror being faced by the people of Syria is stomach churning and to add to their misery, the very buildings that have given them both pleasure and a livelihood from tourists are being…

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