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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 […]

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 Templars in Gislingham

Posted on 8 September 2015 by Helen Nicholson

I have been blogging about the Templars at Gislingham again: here.

Banks, beehives and cooking pots: the Templars’ estates in Norfolk and Suffolk

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Helen Nicholson

When King Edward II's officials arrested the Templars early in January 1308, they did not find any Templars in Norfolk and Suffolk. The Templars owned a number of manors in these […]

Charity, alms and the English Templars

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Helen Nicholson

With help from Dr Paul Webster, I've continued my blog on the English Templars' charitable giving and support for the poor: https://gawainsmum.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/almonries-and-almsgiving-the-templars-at-gislingham-continued/

Templar almshouse at Gislingham in Suffolk

Posted on 9 January 2015 by Helen Nicholson

Although the records from the Templars' estates in 1308 to 1313 indicate that the brothers gave regular aid to the poor, it's very difficult to identify buildings associated with this […]