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Constantinople – glorious Byzantine capital!

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

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From Roman Temple to Christian church

Last month I was in Rome and one theme of my trip was looking at pagan temples of the Roman period that were then converted into Christian churches during the Middle Ages. Here we see how the Temple to Faustina…

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Knights Templar links to the Cathar heresy

There were links between the Knights Templar and the Cathars or Albigensian heresy that might explain why the King of France crushed the Templars

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How the devil was once a handsome fellow!

The devil wasn’t always ugly but was once the most handsome of the angels. So, Tony McMahon asks, how did he get to be such a monster?

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Archangel Michael and sinners

Here is a roadside shrine I came across in the town of Ancora in northern Portugal. Behind bars is a painted and carved depiction of sinners amidst flames and above them the triumphant figure of the archangel in what I’m…

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How to survive a medieval pandemic!

Tony McMahon looks at how to survive a medieval pandemic by examining the comments and actions of people who went through the Black Death

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Interview with the Grand Master – The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar

I’ve been asked by many of you – where are today’s Knights Templar? Well, here is an interview with Sir Mark Borrington – Grand Master of The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar and he explains the organisation and the work…

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The 13th Warrior – was it so bad?

The 13th Warrior is a movie based on a book by Michael Crichton that takes you back to the Dark Ages. It got a terrible critical reception on release.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine – a fiery medieval queen

Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of several fiery queens in the medieval period. Far from being wilting wallflowers, many female monarchs wielded real power. They did this in the face of men who felt women should know their place. But…

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Exorcism, fairies, devils and how to turn a maiden in to a love slave

There is a growing belief in exorcism in the US and Europe. The casting out of devils is coming back into vogue. It’s something our ancestors would have understood. Evil spirits were all around them waiting to make them sick,…

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