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Constantinople – glorious capital of the Byzantine empire!

A visit to Istanbul – once called Constantinople and capital of the Byzantine Empire

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Knights Templar – your Google search terms reviewed!

The most popular Google search terms used when seeking information on the Knights Templar

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How was Easter celebrated when the Knights Templar were around?

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was central to Christian belief. This was the idea that God had taken human form, had performed miracles and given sermons while alive and then had sacrificed himself to the most degrading form of…

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Is there a Muslim inscription on the Throne of Saint Peter?

On the back of the throne of Saint Peter in the Vatican there appears to be a Muslim inscription that has been kept secret

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Venice and the destruction of Constantinople

One of the worst atrocities committed in the name of religion must surely be the sacking of Constantinople by Christian crusaders in the year 1204. This was a shameful episode in the history of Venice. It saw crusaders in the…

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The destruction of Constantinople by the crusaders – the year 1204

A Christian city destroyed by Christian crusaders – such was the fate of Constantinople. It had resisted waves of invaders from Bulgars to Russians and the Muslim emirates. But it was brought to its knees by people it should have…

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How did the Crusades start?

In the year 1095, Pope Urban II addressed a huge crowd at the town of Clermont in France and urged them to do something new and very exciting – to march east and fight the forces of Islam. Something terrible…

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The Crusaders in Egypt

From the middle of the twelfth century AD, the crusaders began looking at Egypt as the territory they had to annex if their venture was to have any chance of success. I say “Egypt” but of course the nation that…

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Top baddies of the Middle Ages!

Here they are – the TOP baddies of the Middle Ages! KING JOHN OF ENGLAND Took on the barons and lost, then made to sign Magna Carta Excommunicated by the Pope Mislaid the crown jewels in a marshy swamp Fled…

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The Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople

The Fourth Crusade has to stand out as one of the most depressing and destructive events in history. A crusade that was notionally aimed by Christian Europe at the Muslim east but which was cynically diverted by Venice against its…

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