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Being Jewish in the Middle Ages

It must be said that being Jewish in the medieval period was challenging – to put it mildly. The fortunes of Jews at this time varied dramatically but on the whole, things were not good. From the late Roman period,…

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Toledo – former capital of Spain – photos from my visit

I visited Toledo in 2010 and spent a lovely couple of days in this medieval city. Fascinating place because you really sense the Christian, Jewish and Muslim heritage of Al-Andalus in modern Spain. Toledo was once a jewel in the…

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Seventeen Jewish bodies found in medieval well in England

A grim reminder of the pogroms that accompanied the crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries in Europe has been the gruesome discovery in England of seventeen skeletons in a medieval well.  The skeletons, jumbled together, have been subjected to…

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The senseless massacre of Jews during the Crusades

Crusades began with the senseless massacre of Jewish people in Europe identified by mobs as being infidels like the Saracens

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Desposyni – the blood line of Jesus – defended by the Knights Templar

What is the bloodline of Jesus and why are the Knights Templar linked to the idea that Jesus Christ had a family and descendants

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Usury and the Knights Templar

The differences and similarities between Jewish moneylenders and the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages

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