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The surveys and accounts of the Templars’ estates in England and Wales (1308–13)

Nicholson, Helen ORCID: 2019. The surveys and accounts of the Templars’ estates in England and Wales (1308–13). Lippiatt, Gregory E. M. and Bird, Jessalynn L., eds. Crusading Europe: Essays in Honour of Christopher Tyerman, Outremer: Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East, vol. 8. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 181-209.

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Although the Templars are most famous for their military activity in the defence of Christendom, they also held extensive estates in western Europe whose purpose was to raise resources to maintain their military commitments.This paper sets out some of the initial findings from my own research on the unpublished records in the National Archives of the UK at Kew, which record the inventories of the Templar houses taken when the Templars were arrested early in January 1308, and the accounts produced by the royal custodians while their estates were in the King’s hands, 1308-13. As this research is at an early stage, the analysis and conclusions are tentative, but they indicate that the Templars’ agricultural production made a substantial contribution to local economies.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: The Knights Templars' estates in England and Wales, 1308-1311
Publisher: Brepols
ISBN: 9782503579962
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:08

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