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Ajlun Castle – fortress built by Saladin

Ajlun Castle – sometimes spelt Ajloun – was built by the nephew of Saladin to protect the route into Damascus from crusader invaders

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Tomar hosts first Templar festival

Tomar is a former Templar citadel in central Portugal with a tower built by the knights called the Charola as Tony McMahon discovers

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Cannibals in the Crusades – was human flesh eaten?

The idea that crusaders and Knights Templar were also cannibals who ate other humans during the Crusades is shocking and disturbing

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Leicester church with Roman, medieval and Victorian bits!

A church in the English city of Leicester combines Roman, medieval and Victorian elements in a very eclectic architectural mix

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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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Thirteen Black Death skeletons found in London

Thirteen skeletons have been unearthed in the Farringdon area of London – believed to be victims of the fourteenth century Black Death. The terrible plague hit England in the period after the Knights Templar were disbanded and swept away entire…

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Pope Benedict XVI resigns – is this unprecedented?

The Pope announced that he intended to resign today on grounds of ill health and age – leaving office before the end of the month. In recent centuries, the view has been that popes continue until they croak but Pope…

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The destruction of Constantinople by the crusaders – the year 1204

A Christian city destroyed by Christian crusaders – such was the fate of Constantinople. It had resisted waves of invaders from Bulgars to Russians and the Muslim emirates. But it was brought to its knees by people it should have…

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The Donation of Constantine – a medieval forgery

The Donation of Constantine was a medieval forgery claiming that the Roman emperor Constantine had handed over Rome to the total control of the pope

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Medieval delight in Sao Bento train station

Sao Bento train station in Portugal is adorned with tiles painted with medieval battle scenes and as Tony McMahon discovered it’s breathtaking to see

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