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British Museum takes apart model of the Holy Sepulchre

OK….I’ve given you a mountain of information and images about the Holy Sepulchre having just been to Jerusalem and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Today I went to the British Museum and they are displaying a model of the church…

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Richard the Lionheart – not such a good king!

Richard the Lionheart is often depicted as a heroic figure in contrast to his brother King John but is this just propaganda? Was Richard actually a terrible despot?

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London riots – in the Middle Ages

London has a long history of riots going back hundreds of years to the Middle Ages

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Medieval friars who chronicled the Knights Templar

Franciscan friars who recorded the destruction of the Knights Templar

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How the plague ravaged medieval London

You could spend a ghoulish holiday in London searching out its plague pits and forgotten cemeteries – if you wanted to. Good way to start would be to buy the book ‘Necropolis’ which is an excellent primer on where to…

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London was once a walled city – but the wall has all but disappeared

London once had a wall that surrounded the city but it’s been demolished over the centuries

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Knights Templar pub in London

The Knights Templar pub on Chancery Lane in London is near where I work and I was there last night.  It’s actually situated in between where the original Templar preceptory was (near Chancery Lane tube station under a modern edifice…

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Templars and sodomy – were the knights really gay?

The Templars are often accused of being gay or more particularly sodomites but this may have been a propaganda slur

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London Beefeater loses the plot – or not

Knights Templar in London would have known and seen the Tower of London – a fortress built by the Normans in the 11th century after they had invaded England. It’s still there today but now surrounded by skyscrapers and modern…

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Strange non-biblical tales of Jesus

In the medieval period there were stories about the teenage Jesus that had nothing to do with the bible and were completely made up

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