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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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Reusing Roman buildings during the Templar period

Medieval walls were often built on top of earlier Roman fortifications as can be seen in York

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The Madaba map of Byzantine Jerusalem

The 6th century AD Madaba Map gives an exclusive view of Byzantine Jerusalem in thousands of tiles that make up an amazing mosaic

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The biblical city of Gadara in Jordan

The Templar Knight blog has just visited the biblical city of Gadara – part of the Decapolis – and now known as Um Qais to see its Roman ruins

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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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The Donation of Constantine – a medieval forgery

The Donation of Constantine was a medieval forgery claiming that the Roman emperor Constantine had handed over Rome to the total control of the pope

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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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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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Vatican scandal – a history of papal wickedness

Vatican scandal after scandal has been shocking people for two thousand years as Tony McMahon investigates papal skullduggery

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