Modern locations

Early in September I attended the sixth international conference on the Military Orders. The conference was at St John’s Gate in Clerkenwell — the site of the original English headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller. There are around 80 academic paperDSCF8580s, and we also went on an excursion to:

Temple Cressing in Essex (which once belonged to the Templars, and then — after 1313 — to the Hospitallers)

and to Little Maplestead, cDSCF8600hurch, Essex, which was built by the Hospitallers. But the church — so attractive with its circular nave, based on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem — is not 12th century, as we would all expect, but was in fact built in the 14th century — and was heavily restored in the 19th century. Ah well.

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About gawainsmum

I'm an academic researching on the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller, the crusades, religion and the role of women in warfare and in religious life in medieval Europe. This blog will feature developments in my research as it progresses.
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