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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.

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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Women-only carriages

Originally posted on Official Gawain Blog:
This came up in 2015, when I wrote a long blogpost trying to delicately dismantle it that, in the end, I didn’t hit “post” on and which you have, therefore, not read. Anyway, it…

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Call for Papers: Kalamazoo 2018

medieval-congress-call-2018 This is a call for papers for a session at the IMC Kalamazoo 2018 on: Generalship: in the field and from the armchair Although warfare plays a central role in human societies, study of the organisation of war and … Continue reading

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The book is out

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 ordered directly from the publisher or from Amazon UK or … Continue reading

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