Monthly Archives: December 2015

A widow’s rights

Much has been written on the problems faced by widows during the later middle ages and how difficult it could be to claim their rights. However, in autumn 1310 one widow at Hill (or Hull) Croome in Worcestershire succeeded in … Continue reading

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A tour of Northamptonshire

Oh, the joys of identifying placenames in manuscripts! I’ve been transcribing a 1308 rental listing the rents due to the Templars from 21 locations in Northamptonshire – for the transcription so far, see my blog post here. To identify the placenames, … Continue reading

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A Templar found: Henry of Halthon

… in fact, he wasn’t really lost, only mislaid after July 1311. We all knew he was sent to a monastery in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, but which monastery? The answer is ‘St Peter’s Shrewsbury’, and I explain … Continue reading

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