A former Head of the History Department at Cardiff University, I am a world-leading scholar in research into the military religious orders and the Crusades. I have very extensive experience in teaching students at all levels, and a strong record in impact and engagement with the wider public.
Some readers of this blog will know that the data from these pages will form a central part of my forthcoming book The Everyday Life of the Templars, contracted to Fonthill Media. The first draft of the book is now complete; the text now needs the usual proof-reading and tidying. Read more
Whatever happened to the Templars’ Scottish records? There is no evidence that King Edward II’s officials took inventories of the Templars’ two Scottish commanderies: if they did, the records have been lost. But in fact it appears that the Templars had moved their valuable documents south before the king’s officials moved in. The inventory of the Templars’ house at Read more
At the end of December 1308 King Edward II’s treasurer sent out writs to all the sheriffs in charge of the former Templar estates instructing them to find out what debts had been due to the Templars at Christmas 1307 — that is, just before the Templars in England were arrested — and report back Read more
Walter le Baud year one Essex and Herts Update: I’ve transcribed Walter le Baud’s accounts for the Templars’ former lands in Hertfordshire and Essex. These accounts cover the first month after the arrest of the Templars, so they present a snapshot of the estates at the point that the Templars stopped running them. It is Read more
I have transcribed the 1308 accounts drawn up for the Templars’ former estates in Hertfordshire — Chelsing, Lannock and Dinsley, and the market dues received from Baldock — by the sheriff John of Shadworth, clerk. I haven’t yet made full translations, but the attached .pdf file includes some translations and comments on the accounts. This also Read more
Trying to sort out all sorts of administration at once, I came across this document that I produced in around AD 2000 when I was examinations officer in History & Welsh History at this University (I’m now chair of the examination … Continue reading →
… has now been cut down to the length required by the publishers. The material I’ve cut out will appear in an article I am due to submit for a Festschrift — the deadline for submission is the end of … Continue reading →
Some readers will know that during my Research Leave I have been working on a book-length study of the ‘Knights Templar estates’ material, The Everyday Life of the Templars, for Fonthill Media: http://fonthillmedia.com/. The book is due for submission at … Continue reading →
The Templars’ estates in Oxfordshire apparently had a problem of a shortage of pasture for sheep. Thomas Danvers’ accounts for the first few months after the Templars were arrested (January to May 1308) note the sale of two hundred wethers … Continue reading →
Among modern crusade historians, few are as respected as Helen J. Nicholson. Indeed, as Professor of Medieval History at Cardiff University, where she has taught for more than twenty years and serv… Source: The State of Crusade Studies: An Interview … Continue reading →
At the SSCLE conference the week after next I’ll be speaking about an old friend, the Itinerarium peregrinorum, which some readers will remember I translated many years ago (published as Chronicle of the Third Crusade). The anonymous author of the so-called … Continue reading →
National Geographic news online has an article today about one modern Templar myth. The author, Betty Little, consulted me on the Templars just as I was up to my ears in inventories of Templar chapels, hence the tone of my comments on the Templars’ … Continue reading →
After looking at the 1308 accounts for Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire, I’ve updated my posts on the Templars’ charitable giving and on women workers on Templars’ estates. I’ve also found some more Peacocks.