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At Home with the Templars

Helen J. Nicholson. The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knights Templar at Home. Fonthill Media. (July 2017)
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The lives of the medieval Templars seem hidden and mysterious. Helen J. Nicholson reveals their everyday world set out in early 14th-century records. The records of the Templars’ estates show us how they operated, the men and women who worked for them on their lands and houses, their tenants and the people who owed them money. We can see what animals they kept, from warhorses to plough animals, with cattle, pigs and flocks of sheep. The accounts record fields of grain or hay, meadow and woodland, mills and fishponds. 

Drawing on these records, along with archaeological evidence and the Templars’ own regulations, Nicholson sets out to reconstruct how the Templars lived from day-to-day. The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knight Templars at Home is a fascinating insight into the everyday lives of these pious men, who were not powerful nobles or great churchmen, yet held great influence in medieval Europe. 

Prof. Helen J. Nicholson teaches at Cardiff University and is a leading researcher on the history of the Knights Templar and Hospitaller. She has written several books on the Templars, including Knight Templar (2004) and A Brief History of the Knights Templar (2010), and has published a new edition and translation of the records of the Templars’ trial in Britain and Ireland, The Proceedings Against the Templars in the British Isles (2011). She is currently studying the early 14th-century records of the Templars’ estates in England and Wales.