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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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Were the Crusades based on medieval Fake News?

Medieval fake news may have started two hundred years of Crusades with a forged letter from the Byzantine emperor to the Christian west begging for help

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Who was Jacques de Molay – last Templar Grand Master?

Jacques de Molay was the last Templar Grand Master burnt at the stake in 1314 after the Knights Templar were crushed by the King of France

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Roast unicorn anybody? What they ate in the Middle Ages!

The British Library reported in April this year that it had found a long lost medieval cookbook that included a recipe for roast unicorn – it even included a helpful picture of the unicorn being roasted. Just as I was…

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Aleppo – a great medieval city under threat

The civil war in Syria now threatens one of the historic gems of the Middle East that loomed large during the crusades. Aleppo was stormed many times by the Byzantines and the crusaders as they tried to eject the Saracens….

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Top medieval bad guys – Kings to Popes!

Tony McMahon looks at one medieval bad guy after another to decide who was the most evil man in the Middle Ages among popes and kings

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Medieval Toledo – city of three faiths

Even more than Seville or Cordoba – medieval Toledo affords you a glimpse of life in Spain as a Muslim, Jewish and Christian civilisation

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How to survive a medieval pandemic!

Tony McMahon looks at how to survive a medieval pandemic by examining the comments and actions of people who went through the Black Death

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Some amazing Templar images

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Name of the Rose – an amazing medieval movie!

Name of the Rose is a detective thriller set in a medieval monastery. This genre bending story from the pen of Italian author Umberto Eco had “make me into a movie” written all over it. Murder, intrigue and gory death…

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