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Waltham Abbey – the stormy history of a medieval church!

This week, in the English wintry sun, I visited a church packed with history – Waltham Abbey. It’s located in the county of Essex, just 15 minutes by train out of London. The church is famous for including the grave…

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Five juicy facts about the Knights Templar!

So you know everything there is to know about the Knights Templar – well, watch this short film and see how smart you really are. And tell me what facts you would include in future films!

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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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Medieval murder mystery – the answer

I posted a photo of a medieval fort over the weekend and asked if any of you knew what terrible deed was committed there. What is the terrible secret of Clifford’s Tower? Opus Anglicanum was quick off the draw and…

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The lost castles of London – buried under the city’s streets

The lost castles of London – buried under the city’s streets including Baynards castle and Montfichet Tower

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Medieval battles – the blood, guts and fury

I never ceased to be amazed by the level of violence and gore in the Middle Ages – maybe an unhealthy fascination! In my book Quest for the True Cross (click HERE to download) – I depict a battle scene…

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The murder of Thomas Becket

No event shook late twelfth century England as much as the cold-blooded murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket in his own cathedral.  The knights who plunged their swords in to him as he clutched at his altar believed…

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Priests who kill – was it unusual for men of God to fight in the Middle Ages?

We look back to the Knights Templar and it’s odd from our modern standpoint to see men of God dressed in full battle gear off to slay the enemy. Aren’t priests and bishops supposed to be advocates of peace? Well,…

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Why did England expel the Jews in the Middle Ages?

It’s not the most pleasant episode in English medieval history to look back on but it happened during the Templar period and we can’t ignore it. I’m writing about the expulsion of the Jews from England. Fortunately, we have an…

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Newport Tower – Rhode Island – Templar or not?

The theory that Newport Tower on Rhode Island is a Templar construction rests on a map by the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano

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