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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Was cannibalism practised during the Crusades?

A special investigation by the Templar Knight blog into medieval allegations that human meat was eaten by soldiers during the Crusades

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Huge plague pit discovered in London – Black Death victims

There’s now no doubt that a grisly discovery in London is a mass grave of Black Death victims from the 14th century.  For those of you in the United States and elsewhere, there has already been news and documentary coverage…

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London – the filthy medieval city revealed

If you live outside the United Kingdom – you may have missed this BBC series on Filthy Cities.  Literally – how filth molded many of our modern cities. This episode was about London and how after a big rise in…

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How did buildings swap from being churches to mosques and back again?

Toledo in Spain shows how Christians and Muslims lived together and even allowed churches to become mosques and vice versa

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Strange medieval graffiti in an English church

There is some very strange ancient graffiti in the church of St Mary in Ashwell in the county of Hertfordshire

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How the plague ravaged medieval London

You could spend a ghoulish holiday in London searching out its plague pits and forgotten cemeteries – if you wanted to. Good way to start would be to buy the book ‘Necropolis’ which is an excellent primer on where to…

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Season of the Witch – Nicholas Cage and the Templars

Season of the Witch – a Templar movie with Nicholas Cage that isn’t quite as bad as you may think

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Horrible ways to die five hundred years ago

The BBC has run an article online today about how recorded cases in Tudor times of people dying in rather unfortunate ways.  This included a maypole falling over, a woman picking cabbage leaves by a moat and tumbling in and…

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