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KNIGHTFALL character profile: Pope Boniface VIII

The truth about Pope Boniface VIII and his struggle with King Philip of France

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KNIGHTFALL character profile: William De Nogaret

William De Nogaret is a leading character in Knightfall – but who was he in real life?

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Were the Knights Templar heretics?

Were the Knights Templar heretics as charged?

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The man behind the theory of the Da Vinci Code

The whole fascination with the alleged bloodline of Jesus and the Templar association with the Holy Grail goes back hundreds of years. But in relatively recent times, the 1970s to be exact, there was a huge surge of interest in…

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Is there a Muslim inscription on the Throne of Saint Peter?

In an early nineteenth century book in my library I came across a fascinating story that I’d like some historical sleuths out there to confirm or deny. The claim in the book is that on the Throne of St Peter…

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How pagan temples became Christian churches in the Middle Ages – part two

I was in Rome last month and discovered a Christian church built in the Middle Ages over not one – but THREE pagan temples! You could easily walk past this church but don’t – go in and ask permission to…

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How pagan temples became Christian churches in the Middle Ages – part one

I was in Rome last month and saw evidence of pagan temples converted into Christian churches – either by being converted for new use or rebuilt using materials from the old temple. When the Roman emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, he…

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An ancient church with a turbulent history

I visited Holy Trinity church, tucked away off the medieval streets of York – a beautiful building that hides a turbulent history.  It had a modest beginning in the 11th century looking more like a large, thatched stone walled hut…

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From a Roman to a medieval tower

In the Middle Ages, the ruins of old Roman forts were often built on top of to create medieval castles. One great example of this is the so-called Multangular Tower in York, constructed when the city was called Eboracum by…

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A very ancient map of Jerusalem

What a history Jerusalem has experienced.  At the time of Christ, it was ruled by the Roman Empire and continued to be governed from Rome and then Constantinople until the year 637CE when Jerusalem surrendered to Arab, Muslim armies. At…

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