Day: January 13, 2016

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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