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Leper healer – the sister of Thomas Becket

Mary Becket was the sister of Saint Thomas Becket and an unsung hero who created a leper colony in London as Tony McMahon discovers

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Murder of Thomas Becket at Christmas!

The murder of Thomas Becket was celebrated on the fifth day of Christmas to remember his killing in the year 1170 as Tony McMahon discovers

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Medieval Christmas – eight centuries ago!

What was a medieval Christmas really like? Templar expert Tony McMahon investigates Christmas in the Middle Ages

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How a Knight Templar celebrated Christmas!

Templar expert Tony McMahon looks at how Christmas would have been celebrated by the Knights Templar – welcome to a medieval Christmas of feasting!

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Terrorists endanger Templar sites

The news that Karak castle in Jordan had been attacked by members of the so-called Islamic State is horrifying and shocking. Much worse that a Canadian tourist, Linda Vatcher, was killed in the skirmish along with members of the Jordanian…

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Medieval delight in Sao Bento train station

Sao Bento train station in Portugal is adorned with tiles painted with medieval battle scenes and as Tony McMahon discovered it’s breathtaking to see

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Who invented the crib of Jesus and nativity scene?

My Irish grandmother used to usher myself and my sister into her room at Christmas to show off her nativity set. There was the crib of Jesus centre stage, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, three kings and a couple of…

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

An odd tale from the medieval period… A Yuletide feast at the court of King Arthur is interrupted by a strange figure who enters on horseback.  He has a green beard, green robes and is riding a green horse.  He…

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The link between the Three Wise Men and the Knights Templar

The link between the Knights Templar and the Three Wise Men with claims they were all part of an ancient priesthood stretching back to the Solomon era priest Melchizedek

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