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Catherine of Siena – a very odd medieval saint

I was in Italy in August and September this year and visited many medieval sites – in the next few blog posts, I’ll give you some highlights In late August, I went to Siena – a gorgeous medieval city in…

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San Gimignano – Templar church or not?

I have been travelling round Italy and will be sharing some amazing videos and images from that incredible country in the next few posts. To begin with, here is a church in the medieval town of San Gimignano that claims…

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A medieval object called an Oliphant made from an elephant

A medieval object called an Oliphant made from a real elephant – that you can see in York Minster in England

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A corner of medieval London

Yesterday, I was in the City of London and standing outside Bank tube station, I took three photos to examine the Templar-era medieval history of one small corner of the great city that I live in and adore. Without moving…

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My visit to medieval Florence in 2007 – a photo gallery

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Who invented the crib of Jesus and nativity scene?

My Irish grandmother used to usher myself and my sister into her room at Christmas to show off her nativity set. There was the crib of Jesus centre stage, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, three kings and a couple of…

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A saint for your lottery numbers

Saint Pantaleon is the patron saint of the lottery – proving there really is a saint for everything. I have even found several prayers online beseeching Pantaleon to pick the right numbers for the faithful. One went like this: Dear…

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Florence – a Templar city!

Florence was a city known to the Knights Templar as one of the great centres of civilisation in medieval Italy. They may even have developed their primitive banking operation by watching the activities of Florentine merchants who were very commercially…

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Chrysanthus and Daria – relics of saints

What happened to saints Chrysanthus and Daria and are the bones under an Italian church really those of the two martyred Romans? The relics of two Roman era saints are, according to faithful Catholics, contained within the medieval cathedral of…

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The anti-mafia magistrate and a Templar plot

I reproduce below an article written a few years ago.  In the 1980s, Carlo Palermo was a brave, anti-mafia magistrate in Italy who resigned from the judiciary in the aftermath of a car bomb assassination attempt.   In the 1990s, he…

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