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.

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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Hospitallers, for a change

Cardiff PhD candidate Nick McDermott was with the Cardiff contingent at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo last May. Medieval Warfare Magazine liked his paper on Hospitaller slaves: https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/mwblog/hospitallers-used-slaves/

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The Everyday Life of the Templars

F040266 The Everyday Life of the Templars Press Release … is due out on 27 July (less than two weeks from now). Update 20 July: in fact Amazon states that it’s due out on 20 July, but it’s not out … Continue reading

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