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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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Eleanor of Aquitaine versus Pope Celestine

A new BBC programme airing now in the UK looks at the so-called She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens – these were the women who married kings of England but often wielded equal if not more power than their husbands. If you…

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Charing Cross – the devotion of a king to his dead wife

Edward I – the king who defeated Braveheart – could never be regarded as a particularly sentimental man but when it came to his wife, he was a clearly a very devoted husband.  Eleanor of Castile was the great great…

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