This Stunning 700-Year-Old Hand Carved Cave Was Found Behind A Rabbit Hole In The British Countryside.

We’ve all heard of rabbit holes leading to another world before, but that’s usually something that only happens in books!

Photographer Michael Scott took a trip down a rabbit hole into this medieval cave, armed with candles for illumination and captured…

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English Historical Fiction Authors: The Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem

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On October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of all the Knights Templar in his realm. It was the start of a campaign that would end in the total annihilation of this once powerful religious order. In remembrance, I offer a short history of the Knights Templar.

After the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem following the First Crusade, pilgrims flooded to the newly freed Holy Land, but the situation was far from stable and the secular authorities were unable to guarantee the safety of pilgrims who ventured out upon the dangerous roads from Jerusalem to other pilgrimage sites such as Jericho and Nazareth. In 1115 Hugues de Payens, a Burgundian knight, and Sir Godfrey de St. Adhemar, a Flemish knight, decided to join forces and form a band of sworn brothers dedicated to protecting pilgrims. They soon recruited seven other knights, all men like themselves – stranded in the Holy Land without wealth or land, and allegedly so poor that Payens and St. Adhemar had only one horse between them. In 1118 the King of Jerusalem gave them…

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The First Casualty is Truth

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This, you may have noticed, is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. I think generally, so far, it has been handled quite well. After fifty years of denigrating those who wanted to celebrate the fallen in two world wars, even the BBC decided to get on message.

I have always had an especial interest in the wars. The day on which the dead and injured are supposed to be remembered happens to be my birthday. From a very early age I was aware of and studied warfare, particularly the Great War. Not from any ghoulishness, but because I felt very strongly, and still do, that it was such an important forge of English and British nationhood.

Britain and France stood alone in the Great War for so long. If it were not for the British Navy preventing the Germans from leaving port, it is quite likely that the…

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