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Ten best medieval TV series – from Pillars of the Earth to Game of Thrones!

Ten best TV series about the Knights Templar or the Middle Ages

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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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The medieval glory of… Southampton

The medieval history of Southampton shows a large influx of Normans and close relationships with France

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Reusing Roman buildings during the Templar period

Medieval walls were often built on top of earlier Roman fortifications as can be seen in York

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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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Castle built by Saladin – a picture gallery

A visit to Ajlun castle – built by the nephew of Saladin

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Historic Tomar to host its first Templar festival

Tomar is a beautiful Templar town in Portugal where the order held out after being crushed throughout Europe. On top of a hill overlooking the winding streets of the medieval town is a Templar ‘charola’ or octagonal church built like…

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Cannibals on crusade – eating flesh in the Middle Ages

Say the word ‘cannibal’ and most people in the west have been brought up to think of some tribe of man eating savages located in the deepest jungle, maybe in a place like Borneo. But in a recent book on…

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Bits of a Roman bath in a medieval English church

Sometimes a historical site can be initially very confusing and making sense of it requires a little bit of detective work. I was in Leicester – in central England – last week. It’s a city that was hugely important in…

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Last Templar Grand Master executed on March 18th

The year was 1314 and near to the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar was burnt at the stake in front of a huge crowd. After two hundred years of crusading, it…

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