Helen Nicholson


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The maths of the case

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Helen Nicholson

A little arithmetic suggests that there were far fewer Templars than might be thought: see my gawainsmum blog.



Debts due to the Templars

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Helen Nicholson

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 moreabout Debts due to the Templars


Update: Walter le Baud’s accounts for the Templars’ estates in Herts. and Essex, January to February 1308

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Helen Nicholson

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 moreabout Update: Walter le Baud’s accounts for the Templars’ estates in Herts. and Essex, January to February 1308


Hertfordshire accounts: Chelsing, Lannock and Dinsley

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Helen Nicholson

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 moreabout Hertfordshire accounts: Chelsing, Lannock and Dinsley


The perils of poultry

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Helen Nicholson

In the first few months of 1309 foxes and kites ate half the geese on the former Templar manor at Little Staughton in Bedfordshire: see my blog here.


Cider

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Helen Nicholson

On my ‘Gawainsmum’ blog I have been commenting on the cider produced on the former Templar estates.


Transcriptions and translations on Wattpad

Posted on January 25, 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 Read moreabout Transcriptions and translations on Wattpad



Women workers on the Templars’ estates

Posted on January 19, 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 Read moreabout Women workers on the Templars’ estates


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