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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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The murder of Thomas Becket

No event shook late twelfth century England as much as the cold-blooded murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket in his own cathedral.  The knights who plunged their swords in to him as he clutched at his altar believed…

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Franciscan friars who begged Muslims for martyrdom

I was in Porto, Portugal a few years back in the church of Saint Francis when I saw a gruesome image of a Saracen beheading a Franciscan friar – and another lying on the ground without his head.  Couldn’t resist…

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The Lost Gospels – Apocrypha – and the mysteries they reveal

There are a whole load of other gospels apart from the four we know and they give a very different account of Jesus

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Saint James – patron saint of crusaders

How Saint James became the patron saint of crusaders and his shrine at Santiago de Compostela

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