Maddest rulers in history

Tony McMahon investigates some of the maddest rulers in history from Charles VI who thought he was made of glass to George III who lost America.

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How Napoleon lost his virginity

Napoleon Bonaparte may have been known as a great lover but he lost his virginity to a prostitute aged 18 in a very seedy encounter

KNIGHTFALL character profile: King Philip of France

Knightfall is the new blockbuster drama series from the History channel featuring the Knights Templar in their final days and a quest for the Holy Grail. It mixes fact and fiction to tell a compelling story. Some of the characters existed while others are fictional or a blend of people from that period. I’m going…

The filth and stench at Versailles

You may have seen the BBC drama series Versailles about the scandal and decadence revolving around King Louis XIV and his court in the late 17th century. He built a vast palace at Versailles into which the French aristocracy were forced to take up residence so the king could keep a beady eye on them….

Did the Knights Templar reach America?

Did the Knights Templar reach America? I hear a resounding “no” from medieval scholars everywhere but let’s go through the various theories about how the Templars may have been in the New World a century before Christopher Columbus. Our starting point is the decision in October 1307 by the king of France, Philip the Fair,…

What happened to the treasure of the Knights Templar?

One of the greatest mysteries relating to the Knights Templar is whether the order discovered some form of treasure in Jerusalem that would offer an explanation for their fabulous wealth. Nine knights at the start of the 12th century went to the Patriarch of Jerusalem and asked for permission to guard the roads in to…