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A small plug

Posted on 12 June 2023 by Helen Nicholson

The online books site has posted a plug for my 2010 book A Brief History of the Knights Templar:

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 further career of Brother Thomas Totty

The further career of Brother Thomas Totty

Posted on 11 March 2016 by Helen Nicholson

I have been blogging about this notorious Templar runaway on my gawainsmum blog. This record of the investigation into the debts owed to the Templars in Bedfordshire at Easter 1309 […]

The perils of poultry

Posted on 11 February 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.

Calculating acreages: the problems of working from manuscripts

Posted on 30 September 2015 by Helen Nicholson

I have been blogging again about the Templars' estates at Gislingham: here. The two copies of the estate accounts for 1308 differ in the acreages sown with grain: one gives 35 acres […]

The Templar Economy in Britain and Ireland: Workshop report

Posted on 2 May 2014 by Helen Nicholson

The workshop last Saturday at Blaydes House in Hull went extremely well. First point: Blaydes house is a beautiful old merchant’s house, with beautiful high-ceiling’d rooms, perfect for a workshop […]

New Blog

Posted on 13 November 2013 by Helen Nicholson

As my research on the Knights Templars' estates in England and Wales develops, this is a good moment to expand my long-standing home blog on to the Cardiff University website. There is […]