Knights and Princesses Day

Knights and Princesses fun dayHear ye, hear ye!

The Princess and the PonyThe populace of Central Library Peterborough invite one and all for an afternoon of medieval entertainment, to take place from 1-3pm on Saturday the 25th of March. There will be crown decorating for those of royal blood, and shield making for any knights in need of armour. Catapults will be created and tested! If you are of an active disposition we invite you to attempt the quest, or if of a more mellow nature try out some medieval crafts and board games.

Prizes will be granted for the best costumes so bring your sense of chivalry and your best royal and/or knightly outfit to win! All welcome. This is a free event.

Need help getting into character? Check out my list of favourite books about knights and princesses for kids and teens.

Cover of Sir Gawain the TrueCover of The Princess in BlackCover of Tuesdays at the CastleCover of The Winter Prince

Fantasy picks from our newsletter

Some picks from our February Fantasy newsletter.
Red country by Joe Abercrombie  Malice by John Gwynne The Red Knight by Miles Cameron The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest The Drowning City by Amanda Downum Darkborn by Alison Sinclair

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The Knights Templar revealed

It has been revealed that the Vatican is going to publish documents about the heresy trial of the order the Knights Templar. The secret documents about the trial include a long-lost parchment showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the order of heresy. The 300 page volume entitled “Processus Contra Templarios” (Latin for “Trial against the Templars”) came out in a limited edition of 799 copies (with one going to Pope Benedict). The Vatican will hold a news conference about the publication on 25 October.

The Last Templar

The Knights Templar have long intrigued writers and historians. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott features the classic villain Brian de Bois-Guilbert – a corrupt Templar Knight. Our own Sam Neill gave a brilliant spin to the role in a 1982 tv remake.

The popularity of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code introduced the Templar Knights and their history to a whole new audience.