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There are two contemporary accounts, one by Roger of Wendover, an English chronicler who died in and one by Ralph of Coggeshall, an English monk and chronicler who died in Both were writing at the time of the loss. Roger of Wendover writes rather melodramatically and calls it a major disaster, he writes:. Ralph of Coggeshall refers to it as more of a misadventure, stating that it was not the whole of the royal baggage train that was lost but the vanguard who carried household items, church and holy relics, but not the whole of the treasury.

How a king of England hocked the Crown Jewels to the Knights Templar - The Templar Knight

Indeed, some valuable items, belonging to the king of England, did get lost in the Wash, but not treasure as some would imagine. There was no large chest overflowing with coins, necklaces and gold goblets, only kitchen equipment and finery collected from churches. Now, here lays another Tale! You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Essentially, preceptories operated like bank branches in this respect. The Paris Temple was the mother of all preceptories with its high walls and vast amounts of bullion contained within. Deposited his baubles with the Knights Templar. Led by Simon de Montfort — previously a confidante of the king who had fallen out with him on personal and political grounds — they forced the king to agree to the Provisions of Oxford.

This very revolutionary declaration threatened to destroy the divinely ordained absolutist monarchy of the Plantagenats and Henry got a papal absolution from his oath to the Provisions and began a fightback.

Unfortunately, all did not proceed well. He was also captured by De Montfort and further humiliated. He was eventually successful and De Montfort was hacked to pieces after the Battle of Evesham. It is interesting — I hope — to note how a king in desperate straits would hock his baubles to the Templars for some ready cash. This must have been a new and very innovative way to fund a war unless you can tell me otherwise.

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Hello: I saw this on Twitter and as the de Montforts are related to me my branch and theirs share a descent from a Thurstan de Bastemburgh; we came to England in ; out lines re-intergrated through marriage when Simon came to England , have an interest in this period.

One of the ways we can verify that John lost in the Wash the three sets of coronation regalia in his possession is that when Henry was enthroned king, it was with a circlet, rather than crown. He therefore probably did not have much to hock. This dynasty seems to have taken a practical view of their possessions and were, as you say, quite innovative in the manner they raised money.

John, at the time he lost his treasures, was on the east coast because as London was closed to him, was using the Hanseatic ports to bring in mercenaries from Germany via Antwerp, as well as collect taxes from the trade of these ports salt was a major export from the east coast salt pans. Very grateful for your contribution here. The collection has probably never been grander than it is today!