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The medieval French poet Eustache Deschamps (1346–1406) wrote some 82,000 verses in his life.

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Colin Dexter, author of Inspector Morse

Because of increasing satire of the church, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Arundel (1353–1414) forbade discussing religion in English.

The biblical book of Esther contains neither the word God, Lord, Jesus, nor Jehovah.

Pope John Paul II visited The Netherlands in 1985. He was the first pope to do so in over 900 years – the last being the 11th century pope Leo IX who pontificated from 1049 to 1054. Even the Dutch pope Adrian VI did not.

Colin Dexter’s famous character Inspector Morse was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, to a taxi-driver father with an insatiable interest in Captain Cook and a Quaker mother – a combination responsible for Morse’s uncommon first name: Endeavour. His favourite composer was Wagner, and his favourite poet was A. E. Housman. In the TV series, Morse drove a red, 2.4 liter, 1960-ish Jaguar Mark Il, whereas in the original novels Morse drove a classic Lancia. It was changed to a Jaguar for the TV series and later changed in all subsequent printings of the books. The actor John Thaw (Inspector Morse) read all of the novels, whereas Kevin Whately (Sergeant Lewis) listened to them all on tape. Like the famous inspector, Thaw is known to have had an alcohol problem. Though ironically, Thaw hated the taste of beer – of which Morse drinks quite a lot. Nevertheless, real beer was used during filming. However, apple juice was used to resemble whiskey. Both Morse and author Colin Dexter were crossword puzzle enthusiasts. In fact, the name Morse was chosen for the character in homage to Sir Jeremy Morse, former chairman of Lloyds Bank and a compiler of fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles. Morse and Dexter also shared a birthday: September 29. Morse’s Law, according to Lewis states: “There’s always a 50-50 chance that whoever finds the body did the deed.” The total body count of the Inspector Morse series is 81.

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