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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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Bringing the bible to life medieval style

Every year in towns across Europe – scenes from the bible are re-enacted with colourful processions. In the Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo – August is when the passion of Christ is acted out. But the centre of attention…

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Viagem Medieval – Santa Maria da Feira

Viagem Medieval is an annual historical festival in the town of Santa Maria da Feira in northern Portugal and a must for Templar fans

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Medieval Porto in northern Portugal

Porto is my mother’s birthplace so hugely significant to me – a place where I developed a love for medieval history. Looming above the eighteenth century city centre is a mass of granite topped by the medieval cathedral. In front…

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Medieval fair I visited in Portugal this weekend

The Feira Medieval in Caminha is an annual trip back in time where the whole town of Caminha in northern Portugal enters the spirit of the Middle Ages. There are knights and wenches everywhere with stalls serving hearty chivalric food….

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Being Jewish in medieval Europe

The fervour of the Crusades often saw public anger turn against Jewish people in medieval Europe. There were brutal assaults and even murder. Though the horror experienced by medieval Jewish people would not equal the industrial scale nightmare that we…

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