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Lisbon – from a Muslim to a Christian city

The conquest of Lisbon in the Crusades from its Muslim rulers was achieved by diverting a huge crusader army from all over Europe

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Fourth Crusade – Venice destroys Constantinople

The Fourth Crusade saw the most appalling war crime when crusaders funded by Venice destroyed a Christian city – Constantinople. Venice is now an over-visited historical tourist resort in northern Italy subject to flooding and beset of late by the…

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Knights Templar links to the Cathar heresy

There were links between the Knights Templar and the Cathars or Albigensian heresy that might explain why the King of France crushed the Templars

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Did the Knights Templar bring down Pope Benedict?

(The Gawker website no longer exists after folding in 2016. This was a rather bizarre story it ran after Pope Benedict stepped down). The Gawker website has listed some of the current online speculations and theories about the sudden resignation…

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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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A Pope on trial – short story!

A book club I know just started a competition asking members to write a story called ‘Theological Downfall’. Well, I couldn’t resist. 500 word limit and so I concocted something in two hours based around a real event in the…

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Who was Jacques de Molay – last Templar Grand Master?

Jacques de Molay was the last Templar Grand Master burnt at the stake in 1314 after the Knights Templar were crushed by the King of France

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Vatican butler and papal intrigues

If you think papal intrigue is a thing of the past – then read about a Vatican scandal under Pope Benedict XVI. This involved the arrest by the Vatican of a butler to the Pontiff who had leaked sensitive documents….

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King Solomon’s Ring and its magical powers

My favorite programme Legend Quest went in search of King Solomon’s Ring this week – fronted as ever by the hyper-active Ashley Cowie, self-styled ‘archaeological explorer’. Off he went to find this biblical ring that can give its owner superhuman…

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Top medieval bad guys – Kings to Popes!

Tony McMahon looks at one medieval bad guy after another to decide who was the most evil man in the Middle Ages among popes and kings

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