Month: January 2016

Transcriptions and translations on Wattpad

Posted on 25 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

I’ve added some more transcriptions to Wattpad, with English translations: for Northumberland and Co. Durham, and Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire. I have also tidied up the transcription of some material on Essex and added some summaries and one translation. For those who prefer a pdf file, here are the Bulstrode accounts from January 1308 to March 1309, with
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Tithes — when the Templars weren’t exempt

Posted on 20 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

One of the Templars’ most famous and notorious exemptions was not having to pay tithes (a tenth of income, paid to the Church). This was a particular complaint against the Order at the Third Lateran Council in 1179, when both the Templars’ and the Hospitallers’ privileges were attacked by the secular clergy. The pope, Alexander
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Women workers on the Templars’ estates

Posted on 19 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

A quick glance through the accounts of the Templars’ estates while they were in King Edward II’s hands suggests that there were very few women employed. The cook who made the porridge for the farmworkers was described as a ‘garcio‘ or lad at Temple Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire (Easter to Michaelmas 1308: TNA E 358/18 rot. 7): at Horspath
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A medieval (horse) tragedy in Shropshire

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

Alas! In 1311-12 one of the two affers or draught animals at the Templars’ commandery at Lydley in Shropshire fell ill with quodam morbo in nervis, an unidentified disease of the sinews, or the nerves — or simply meaning that it lost all its strength. A mareschal or farrier was called in to care for
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The Templars at Bristol

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

Keepers accounts for Bristol 1309-13 in full Everyone who has ever travelled through Bristol Temple Meads is aware that the Templars owned land in Bristol, and Beatrice Lees’s edition of the Templars’ 1185 Inquest revealed how extensive their lands on the south bank of the Avon here were. The custodian’s accounts from 1310-13 don’t give
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Salving the sheep at Cowley and Horspath in 1308

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

On Wattpad you can find the ingredients for the sheep’s salve used on the Templars’ sheep at Cowley and Horspath in Oxfordshire in spring 1308: white grease, quicksilver (the metal mercury) and verdigris. The mercury and verdigris would have acted as strong antibiotics, while the grease held the chemicals together and made them stick to
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