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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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Saint Nicholas – the real Santa Claus

At Christmas, our thoughts might turn to Santa Claus or Father Christmas. We’re told from childhood that he’s based on a true figure called Saint Nicholas. But he’s certainly drifted far from the original person. THE IDEAL TEMPLAR CHRISTMAS PRESENT:…

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Tough time being a medieval woman

The medieval mind had some crazy views of the medieval woman viewing her bodily functions as evil and dangerous as Tony McMahon discovers

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Saint George and his chains – in Cairo

You all know about Saint George and the Dragon and if you’re English, you’ll be aware that he is the patron saint of England. But there’s a lot more to this saint who was venerated in the Middle Ages. How…

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How the devil was once a handsome fellow!

The devil wasn’t always ugly but was once the most handsome of the angels. So, Tony McMahon asks, how did he get to be such a monster?

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Horrible Histories – great way for kids to learn

The BBC has been running a TV series based on the books of Terry Deary – the Horrible Histories. They’re a very irreverent look at different periods in the past. Take this one on the medieval era as a good…

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The medieval roots of Halloween

Pumpkins, trick or treat and witch costumes. We all know about modern Halloween – but how might a Templar knight have celebrated Halloween hundreds of years ago? Back in the early Middle Ages, the day we now call Halloween was…

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Burial place of Templar Grand Masters

This is a Templar jewel – something everybody should visit. It’s the burial place of the Templar grand masters of Portugal – a church in the town of Tomar built in the very century that the order was formed by…

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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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