Professor Helen Nicholson

Professor of Medieval History

SHARE, Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU.

Research interests

I am the author of The Proceedings Against the Templars in the British Isles (2011), The Knights Templar on Trial: The Trial of the Templars in the British Isles, 1308-1311 (2009), Medieval Warfare (2003), The Knights Hospitaller (2001), The Knights Templar: A New History (2001), and a number of books and articles on the Military Orders and on the Crusades in the Middle Ages. In 1997 I published a translation of an early thirteenth-century account of the Third Crusade: Chronicle of the Third Crusade: a translation of the ‘Itinerarium Peregrinorum et gesta regis Ricardi’, and I edited the proceedings of the second international Clerkenwell conference on the Military Orders: The Military Orders, vol. 2: Welfare and Warfare (1998). In 2003-2004 I held a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship to publish the documents relating to the trial of the Templars in the British Isles, an essential part of my ongoing research into the Knights Hospitaller in the British Isles. Now that I have completed this project, I am commencing a new project on the estates of the Knights Templar in England. My wider interests include the role of women in medieval religion and using ‘fictional’ literary sources as historical sources.

In 2007 I organised conference sessions at two major international conferences: The Trial of the Templars, 1307-2007.

In 2009 I played a leading role in the organisation of the conference: 'The Military Orders: Politics and Power', which was organised by the Cardiff Centre for the Crusades.

I regret that due to heavy work commitments I am not able to answer general questions on my research subjects by email.


Click here for a complete list of my publications.



Undergraduate teaching: Year One

I teach on the Year One course HS1101 Medieval Europe.

Please note that users within SHARE have access to an on-line tutorial: The papacy, religious change and church reform, 1049-1125, by Professor Timothy Reuter.

Undergraduate teaching: Year Two and Final Year

I offer the following option courses:

Postgraduate teaching

I teach on the following MA programmes:

I will accept postgraduate research students in any of my research interests.

Links to other useful sites outside Cardiff University

Documents on medieval women
On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies
My Blog

How to contact me

Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 4250
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4929

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This page was created by Prof. Helen Nicholson, last edited on 10 June 2014 and is valid until 30 September 2014.