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How the murder of Thomas Becket netted the Templars a tidy sum

The murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Henry II led to a massive pay out to the Knights Templar

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English churches transformed since the Knights Templar era

How English churches have radically transformed since the Knights Templar with the removal of rood screens and whitewashing of walls

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The fight over the body of King Richard III

Leicester and York vied to bury the remains of King Richard III and in the end Leicester, where his body was found, prevailed

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Medieval murdery mystery – question for all of you!

Here is a test of your medieval knowledge – can any of you tell me what terrible deed happened in this tower?

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Cannibals in the Crusades – was human flesh eaten?

The idea that crusaders and Knights Templar were also cannibals who ate other humans during the Crusades is shocking and disturbing

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The mummified heart of Richard the Lionheart

Richard the Lionheart had his heart mummified after being killed during a siege and then the heart disappeared for centuries

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So was Richard III evil or not?

We’re led to believe now that the Middle Ages ended in a car park in Leicester. OK, the car park wasn’t there in 1485 when the area witnessed the violent Battle of Bosworth. This was where the reigning monarch, Richard…

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Journey to Jaffa – key city in the Crusades

Jaffa was a port in the Holy Land of key strategic importance in the Crusades though now reduced to a suburb of Tel Aviv in modern Israel

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Eleanor of Aquitaine – a fiery medieval queen

Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of several fiery queens in the medieval period. Far from being wilting wallflowers, many female monarchs wielded real power. They did this in the face of men who felt women should know their place. But…

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Saladin the merciful – think again!

The truth about Saladin the merciful and his war against the Crusaders and Knights Templar

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