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How the murder of Thomas Becket netted the Templars a tidy sum

The murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Henry II led to a massive pay out to the Knights Templar

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Where are English kings buried?

Where are the Kings of England buried?

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Diamond Jubilee of England’s Queen – has anybody reigned longer?

The answer, of course, is yes.  Queen Victoria – queen of England and empress of India – chalked up an impressive 64 years from 1837 to 1901. Her reign saw the expansion of the British Empire, the creation of huge…

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The murder of Thomas Becket

No event shook late twelfth century England as much as the cold-blooded murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket in his own cathedral.  The knights who plunged their swords in to him as he clutched at his altar believed…

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Funeral effigies – how the dead appeared at their own burial

Visited Westminster Abbey today – where Wills and Kate just got married of course – and what held my morbid attention the most was the funeral effigies.  These strange objects are located in the 11th century vaulted undercroft of the…

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The Devil’s Crown – the series the BBC won’t repeat

In 1978 – fresh from the success of its Roman romp “I Claudius“, the BBC aired a medieval historical drama from April to August of that year called “The Devil’s Crown“. Following the stories and intrigues of the early Angevin,…

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King John and the Templar master

It’s an interesting fact that when King John was first presented with the demands of the barons, who were forcing Magna Carta (the great charter) on to him, he was staying at the New Temple in London with Brother Aymeric (sometimes spelt Elmeric),…

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