Religion

The History of the Knights Templar

A Templar Knight

The Knights Templar was one of the most renowned military organisations of early-modern times, credited with inventing a modern system of banking and gaining a near immeasurable level of wealth as a result. The organisation has also been romanticised in popular culture, with novels such as Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code making reference to them, whereas video games such as ...

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The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot, the attempt by thirteen young men to blow up the Houses of Parliament, is remembered and commemorated each November 5th.  Guy Fawkes was the most famous of the group, but perhaps only because he was the one caught.  A different man was the actual ringleader. But what led these young men to attempt such a dramatic act ...

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Changing Calendars – The Switch to the Gregorian Calendar

The Switch to the Gregorian Calendar

Two hundred and sixty-two years ago, a very strange thing happened.  Everyone in Britain and her North American colonies became part Rip Van Winkle, in that they lost eleven days.  People went to bed on 2 September and awoke to find that it was 14 September 1752.  So where did those days go? And, perhaps more importantly, why? The Gregorian ...

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The Massachusetts Bay Colony

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Frustrations with the way King Charles was ruling in England in the 1600s paired with religious oppression against non-traditional groups led a spirited collection of people to flee the country and head across the Atlantic to the fledgling North American colonies. Had they stayed in their native England, they might have faced significant financial losses or even imprisonment. Instead, they ...

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