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Tough being a woman in the Middle Ages

In her excellent book Medieval Women – Oxford University research fellow Henrietta Leyser uncovers some astonishing nonsense that people believed about women in the medieval period. She also finds that women could exercise real power and influence but they really…

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The Holy Sepulchre – sacred to the Knights Templar

Why is the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem so sacred to Christians and what was its inspiration for the Knights Templar? That was what I set out to discover on a visit to the holy city a few…

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Holy Sepulchre witnesses fights between Christians

The Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem is the site of the crucifixion and entombment of Jesus Christ – but it’s also been the scene of bitter in-fighting between different denominations of Christians. Holy Sepulchre – where Christians fight You would…

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Trip to Israel – more on historical Jaffa

Jaffa is now part of what is called Tel Aviv-Yafo in modern day Israel. A city with a long and historic past, it changed hands in ancient times between ancient Egyptians, conquering Greeks and of course the Romans. From the…

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Paganism in Europe at the time of the Templars

Paganism lingered in Europe way into the Middle Ages though eventually the Catholic church suppressed it with violence

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The Templar history of Syria – a country with a troubled history

Syria has had a troubled and turbulent past – not least in its association with the Knights Templar

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Saint Christopher the Doghead

Medieval people believed in the existence of dogheads one of which was Saint Christopher

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