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Waltham Abbey – the stormy history of a medieval church!

This week, in the English wintry sun, I visited a church packed with history – Waltham Abbey. It’s located in the county of Essex, just 15 minutes by train out of London. The church is famous for including the grave…

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Templar hero: Hugh de Payens

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at Hugh de Payens – founder of the Knights Templar

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Skeleton of a Cistercian abbot discovered in England

The Templars have been described as the military wing of the Cistercians – they were after all mentored and guided in the early years by that greatest of Cistercians – Bernard, abbot of Clairvaux.  Now, in north west England, the…

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