Monthly Archives: February 2016

Debts due to the Templars

At the end of December 1308 King Edward II’s treasury launched an investigation into the debts due to the Templars. I’ve written a blog about this here, and put some transcriptions on to Wattpad, such as this one from Northumberland.

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Maid in the kitchen at Temple Cressing

In the account for the important commandery of Temple Cressing in Essex in the first month after the Templars’ arrest, a maid (ancilla) was responsible for making the porridge for the farmworkers. As this was immediately after the Templars’ arrest and … Continue reading

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Roofing

As the February winds whistle around our houses, blow down fences, send roof tiles flying and rattle chimneys — spare a thought for the royal officials in charge of the Templars’ estates between 1308 and 1313. Every year their accounts … Continue reading

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An environment agency

Readers of my book The Knights Templar on Trial may remember that the Templars had been responsible for maintaining the seawall near their manor of Sutton in Essex (pp. 85-6). In 1308 the king’s officials who were now in charge at … Continue reading

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Pensioners at Dinsley

As the location of the English Templars’ annual provincial chapter meetings Dinsley (Herts.) was an important house. It was a house that people wanted to be associated with. So it’s not surprising that in 1308 the sheriff in charge of the … Continue reading

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Women workers updated

I’ve updated my blog post on women workers on the Templars’ estates: here.

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The Templars’ chapel at Dinsley

Those readers who have read the descriptions of dark deeds in Templar chapter meetings in the Proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles (translation more difficult to obtain since Taylor and Francis bought out Ashgate) will remember that many … Continue reading

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