Shropshire


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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