Medieval Theme 7 days
Great Britain: Plantagenet Crusades & Spice Heritage
The Crusades were a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period to recover the Holy Land from Muslim rule and against the heretic Cathars in the Baltic region. The idea was to convert these lands to Catholicism but also to expand the territory controlled by Rome. The Baltic region was conquered but the Middle East proved a much more difficult proposition. The rise of the Ottoman Empire put an end to the Crusades with the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the conquest of Granada in 1492 by the Moors. The Crusaders may have lost the war but they learned much from the lands they travelled in, from medicine to food.
Retrace the steps of the Crusaders as they returned from the Holy Land. Experience the spicy legacy of these globetrotting medieval knights. Visit some of the impressive castles built during this turbulent age and be guided through their history. Let our professional tour managers bring the spice trail to life as you travel through beautiful countryside and indulge in sumptuous local feasts.
- Take a guided tour through a 13th Century castle, such as Arundel Castle, Lewes Castle, Belvoir Castle or some of the many in England, Wales and Scotland
- See a medieval joust (subject to availability)
- Enjoy a cookery lesson using spices introduced to the UK by the Crusaders, cinnamon, cloves, etc
- Drive through the beautiful British countryside passing farms, churches and quaint villages
- Dine at a top restaurant on a chef’s tasting menu with medieval minstrel entertainment
- Visit a Knights Templar or Knights Hospitaler church
- Learn more about the Crusades during a talk from a local historian
- Visit a kitchen garden and see if you can guess which herbs were brought home by the Crusaders
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