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Richard the Lionheart – not such a good king!

Richard the Lionheart is often depicted as a heroic figure in contrast to his brother King John but is this just propaganda? Was Richard actually a terrible despot?

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Secrets of the Knights Templar revealed!

Secrets of the Knights Templar revealed on The Templar Knight blog such as how they wore their hair and eating habits

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Torture and violence – medieval style!

Medieval torture and violence was shocking for its frequency with the state executing and torturing in the name of the law and crime rampant

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Jews and the Knights Templar – a complex relationship

The relationship between the Jews and the Knights Templar was complex with the knights protecting Jewish people

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London riots – medieval style!

London has been having riots for centuries whether it was over the 14th century poll tax or a hatred of a particular queen – it’s always been a rough city

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Funeral effigies – how the dead appeared at their own burial

Wooden figures of the dead were often placed next to tombs – life like images of the deceased

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Jesus and the Holy Grail in England

In the Middle Ages, it was believed that Jesus worked as a miner in England and that his uncle Joseph of Arimathea brought the Holy Grail to Somerset

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London was once a walled city – but the wall has all but disappeared

Medieval London was a walled city and there’s a still a street called London Wall that follows where the now demolished wall once stood

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An English king, the Knights Templar and a pawnbroker

King Henry III pawned his own crown to the Knights Templar in Paris who acted like pawnbrokers giving the king some ready cash in return

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May Day British Morris Dancing – an old tradition

Lost in the mists of the Middle Ages if not the Saxon times before are the curious traditions of May Day in England.  One of these is something called Morris Dancing and a group of them performed in central London…

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