Author Archives: gawainsmum

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.

Protests & Placards

Originally posted on Official Gawain Blog:
After yesterday’s rather moody post, here is a thought-provoking and optimistic suggestion of something the Government can do to make people feel better about the (hopefully) imminent death of their flagship only policy: (Genuine…

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Government Response to the Petition

Originally posted on Official Gawain Blog:
British people cast their votes once again in the 2017 General Election where over 80% of those who voted, voted for parties, including the Opposition, who committed in their manifestos to upholding the result…

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The Origins of the Templars: sessions at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, July 2019

I’ve organised four conference sessions on the Origins of the Military-Religious Orders (the Knights Templar, the Knights Hospitaller and the Teutonic Order). These will take place at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, 1-4 July 2019. Click … Continue reading

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Matilda 900 papers online!

Originally posted on Matilda 900:
All of the papers from the Matilda 900 sessions at Kalamazoo and Leeds are now online!  The collection also presents the concluding roundtable, recorded by Rob Pryke and transcribed by yours truly, a more informal set…

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Dragon-killer out of the past

Long, long ago — more precisely, in February 2006 — an author named Carole Wilkinson contacted me about one of the translations on my web page on Medieval Women and warfare: https://booksrus.me.uk/hn/HistoricalTexts/Women/wom5.htm#other_sources The translation in question was an episode from the … Continue reading

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Travel Costs

Originally posted on Official Gawain Blog:
An amusing little distraction for Christmas – whether you, dear reader, have spent this year travelling in the most cost-effective manner. Let us imagine that two adults wish to travel from suburban northern Newport…

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Clocks

Tuesday’s lecture to the first year students included a passing reference to the mechanical clock built at St Alban’s Abbey between around 1327 and 1336 by Abbot Richard of Wallingford (c. 1292-1336) (see J. D. North, ‘Wallingford, Richard (c.1292–1336)’, Oxford … Continue reading

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