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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: […]

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 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' […]

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 […]


Posted on 10 February 2016 by Helen Nicholson

On my 'Gawainsmum' blog I have been commenting on the cider produced on the former Templar estates.

Finding Henry – the Templars in Britain after July 1311

Posted on 2 December 2015 by Helen Nicholson

After the Order of the Temple was dissolved in Britain in July 1311, the Templars were sent to monasteries to do penance for their alleged sins. As no monastery received […]

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 […]

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 […]