The Templars at Home
Tutor: Richard StoneCourse Code: 4719-02


The crusading exploits of the Knights Templar in the Holy Land are well documented. What about the Templars in Britain? Here, resources to finance the struggle to protect the Christian Holy Places were gathered, and men recruited and trained to fight. This course will explore Templar sites in Britain and examine some of the associated myths and legends.


The course will focus on the activities of the Order in Britain, and explore the physical remains still to be seen.  We will begin by examining the origins of the Order: the aims and objectives of its founders; how it gained official Church approval; and, the rules by which members lived. We will then trace the growth of the Order through recruitment, donations and grants of land into a powerful organisation with a network of regional centres known as ‘preceptories’, identifying where these centres were sited in Britain, how they were organised, and discover what physical remains can be seen today.  We will weigh the evidence for the charges which led to the suppression of the Order, before examining some of the myths and legends that have grown up around the Templars and fuelled so much speculation and romance.

Please bring with you

A notebook and pen will be useful.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Richard is an experienced tutor and the author of several books on history. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Leicester.

16th to 17th Nov 2019
Saturday to Sunday


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"As usual, Richard has given us an excellently researched and fascinating course." (Summer School 2019)

"Most interesting." (Summer School 2019)