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Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson

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.

Latest posts

Past Imperfect Knights Templar

Posted on 22 June 2022 by Helen Nicholson

Some of the research material from my 'Knights Templar Estates' project has been incorporated into this little book, published last year. Read more about it in my Gawainsmum blog: […]

Discount on The Proceedings Against the Templars

Posted on 8 September 2020 by Helen Nicholson

Postscript Books are currently offering my Proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles at £30 for both volumes (latin text, english translation, and my analysis): .

The Trial of the Templars in Germany

Posted on 4 March 2020 by Helen Nicholson

The manuscripts recording the proceedings against the Templars in Germany were lost in the early nineteenth century; but before they were lost the French scholar François J. M. Raynouard analysed […]

‘New’ manuscript of the Trial of the Templars in England

Posted on 22 August 2019 by Helen Nicholson

In vol. 1, p. xxix of my edition of the Proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles (2011) I wrote that the only manuscripts of the testimonies from the […]

New article on the estates of the Knights Templar

Posted on 14 August 2019 by Helen Nicholson

I've recently published a new article on the estates of the Knights Templar: how they were operated, what they produced, and who worked there: ‘The Surveys and Accounts of the […]

The Templars’ Religious Practice: new article

Posted on 23 August 2018 by Helen Nicholson

 I've drawn together some of the evidence I've found on the service books, church plate and other decorations that were found in the Templars' chapels when the Templars were arrested, and the salary […]

Book’s out

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Helen Nicholson

The Everyday Life of the Templars is now out, priced at £20 or $32.95 for the hardback or £8.99 / $11.72 for the Kindle edition (Amazon only). It can be […]

The Everyday Life of the Templars

Posted on 14 July 2017 by Helen Nicholson

F040266 The Everyday Life of the Templars Press Release ... is due for publication on 27 July next: that is, in about two weeks' time.

Day conference at the University of Hull on the Templars in Britain and Ireland, 22 April 2017

Posted on 21 April 2017 by Helen Nicholson

Three years after the first day conference on the Templars at the University of Hull, there will be a second day conference on Saturday 22 April 2017, at Blaydes House in […]

The Knight Templar were not an underground order

Posted on 9 March 2017 by Helen Nicholson

in any sense of the word: But the Templars did have lots of lovely chapels above ground. Blog post coming up soon.