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Henry VIII on British TV – yes, that’s me in the costume

Tony McMahon appears as Henry VIII on The Big Audition on ITV talking about the king’s life and failed marriages

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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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The strange disappearance of the bodies of English kings

The bodies of many famous Kings of England have disappeared over the centuries and never been found again

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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

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

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The Devil’s Crown – a violent historical drama the BBC has swept under the carpet

In the 1970s, the BBC aired a very violent historical drama based in the Middle Ages called The Devil’s Crown and has been very unwilling to give it a repeat airing

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King John and the Templar master

The role that the Templar knights played supporting King John during the signing of the Magna Carta

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