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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
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THg KNIGHTS TEMPLARS. δ embraced vows of perpetual chastity, obedience^an^pc^TCrty^jiito the manner of monks.*/* TJnitihg~in themselves the two most popular qualities of the age, devotion and valour, and exercising thein in the most popular of all enterprises, the protection of the pilgrims and of the road to the holy sepulchre, they speedily acquired a vast reputation and a splendid renown. At first, we are told, they had no church and no particular place of abode, but in the year of our Lord 1118, (nineteen years after the conquest of Jerusalem by the Crusaders,) they had rendered such good and acceptable service to the Christians, that Baldwin the Second, king of Jerusalem, granted them a place of habitation within the sacred inclosure of the Temple on Mount Moriali, amid those holy and magnificent structures, partly erected by the christian Emperor Justinian, and partly built by the Caliph Omar, which were then exhibited by the monks and priests of Jerusalem, whose restless zeal led them to practise on the credulity of the pilgrims, and to multiply relics'and all objects likely to be sacred in their eyes, as the Temple of Sofomon, whence the Poor Fellow-soldiers of Jesus Christ came thenceforth to be known by the name of " the Knighthood of the Temple of Solomon." f * Quidam sutem Deo amabile* et devoti milites, charitate ferventes, mando renun tïantes, et Christi se servitio mancìp&ntes in xaanu Patriarchs Hieroaorymitani profes sione et voto solemn! sese astTÌnxenuit, ut a prœdictis iatronibns, et viris sanguinimi, defondercrtt peregrines, et strato» publicas cuetodirent, more canonicorum regularium in obeâignita et oastitate et sine proprio nulitaturi sununo regi. Jao. de VUr. Hiet. Jfierosol. «pud Getta Dei per Francos, cap. lxv. p. 10&3.-~ WUÌ. Τψ. lib, xii. cap. 7. There were three kinds of poverty. The first arid strictest {allisslma) admitted not of the possession of any description of property whatever. The second (medie) forbade the possession of individual property, but sanctioned any amount of wealth when shared by a fraternity in common. The lowest was where a separate property in some few things was allowed, such as food and clothing, whilst everything else was shared in common. The second kind of poverty (media) was adopted by the Templars. + Punlaleoti, lib. iii. p. 82,

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