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Were the Templars the first bankers in world history?

It’s often claimed that the Knights Templar were the first bankers or financiers so Tony McMahon investigates whether this is actually true

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Roman statues reused in the medieval period

On the blog, I’ve shown you examples of Roman buildings reused in the medieval period – in Rome and York for example. But Roman statues were also refashioned. Sometimes in rather peculiar ways. Medieval statue in Venice is Roman stuff…

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Fourth Crusade – Venice destroys Constantinople

The Fourth Crusade saw the most appalling war crime when crusaders funded by Venice destroyed a Christian city – Constantinople. Venice is now an over-visited historical tourist resort in northern Italy subject to flooding and beset of late by the…

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The destruction of Constantinople by the crusaders – the year 1204

A Christian city destroyed by Christian crusaders – such was the fate of Constantinople. It had resisted waves of invaders from Bulgars to Russians and the Muslim emirates. But it was brought to its knees by people it should have…

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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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The Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople

Constantinople was destroyed during the Fourth Crusade – a treacherous act by Christian crusaders in the year 1204 led by Venice

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