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Touching the Middle Ages

Touching the Middle Ages

The heavy, bright red and blue curtains part, and a horde of children bursts through the double doors and on into the Middle Ages – passing through a time warp into a transformed world, familiar yet very far away. Before their parents have even gathered their bags and climbed down from the ampitheatre steps, two […]

Reliving History at Red Stone Castle

Reliving History at Red Stone Castle

When I first visited Red Stone Castle (Rotenstein) as a child in 1993, it was a ruin. There is no other word for it. Haunting walls of crumbling buildings, the ancient, time-washed skeletons of a lost world reached empty-handed into a vast sky, as if pleading for a kind of deliverance. There were almost no […]

Book Review: Donna Woolfolk Cross’ Pope Joan

Mother of The Church The improbable tale of a 9th-century woman who became head of the Catholic Church has been a legend long told and long believed. Still there is little to go on and no irrefutable evidence to back up the existence of Johanna of Ingelheim, also known as Pope Johannes Anglicus. Whether true […]

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