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The Everyday Life of the Templars: book submitted

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Helen Nicholson

I've now submitted the manuscript of the book of this blog, The Everyday Life of the Templars, to the publisher. Awaiting publishers' feedback! For those of you in the John Percival […]

The Everyday Life of the Templars: update

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Helen Nicholson

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 […]

The Templars’ Scottish charters

Posted on 9 May 2016 by Helen Nicholson

The 1308 inventory of the Templars' house at East Cowton in Yorkshire mentions 'all the charters of the Temple of Scotland'. Photo by Nigel Nicholson. Whatever happened to the Templars' […]

Getting the text book

Posted on 6 May 2016 by Helen Nicholson

Among the books that the Templars had in London in 1308 was one which was the textbook on pastoral care.

The maths of the case

Posted on 22 April 2016 by Helen Nicholson

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

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 […]

Debts due to the Templars

Posted on 26 February 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 […]

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

Posted on 23 February 2016 by Helen Nicholson

Walter le Baud year one Essex and Herts The fields around Temple Sutton, Essex. Photo: N2 Productions Update: I've transcribed Walter le Baud's accounts for the Templars' former lands in […]

Hertfordshire accounts: Chelsing, Lannock and Dinsley

Posted on 17 February 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 […]

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.