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Leicester church with Roman, medieval and Victorian bits!

A church in the English city of Leicester combines Roman, medieval and Victorian elements in a very eclectic architectural mix

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The Knights Templar massacre in Cyprus

The Knights Templar had an unhappy time trying to rule Cyprus faced with a revolt they had to crush with a massacre of the local population

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Tough time being a medieval woman

The medieval mind had some crazy views of the medieval woman viewing her bodily functions as evil and dangerous as Tony McMahon discovers

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Saint Lucy with her eyes on a plate

One of many Christian saints reputedly martyred by the emperor Diocletian – Saint Lucy is the patron saint of the blind. Appropriately, as she either had her eyes gouged out by a Roman soldier or tore out her own eyes…

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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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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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Archangel Michael and sinners

Here is a roadside shrine I came across in the town of Ancora in northern Portugal. Behind bars is a painted and carved depiction of sinners amidst flames and above them the triumphant figure of the archangel in what I’m…

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Via Dolorosa – what happened before the Crucifixion

Having had his face wiped by Veronica, Jesus then met the faithful women of Jerusalem and fell once more before being taken to the place where he was to be crucified. These last stages are marked on the Via Dolorosa…

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Masada – site of a mass suicide – or not?

The hilltop fortress of Masada in Israel is the alleged site of a mass suicide by Jewish rebels under the Roman emperor Vespasian but did this happen?

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Trip to Israel – more on historical Jaffa

Jaffa is now part of what is called Tel Aviv-Yafo in modern day Israel. A city with a long and historic past, it changed hands in ancient times between ancient Egyptians, conquering Greeks and of course the Romans. From the…

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