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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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TflE KK1GHT8 TEMPLARS. gate of the son of David, on the east ; and the Bab el Garbi, on the west. By the Arabian geographers it is called Beit Allah, the house of God, also Beit Almokaddas, or Beit Almacdes, the holy house. From it Jerusalem derives its Arabic name, el Kodi, the holy, ri Schereef, the noble, and el Mobareh, the blessed ; while the governors of the city, instead of the customary high-sounding titles of sovereignty and dominion, take the simple title of Hami, or protectors. On the conquest of Jerusalem by the crusaders, the crescent was torn down from the summit of this famous Mussulman Temple, and was replaced by an immense golden cross, and the edifice was then consecrated to the services of the christian religion, but retained its simple appellation of " The Temple of the Lord." William, Archbishop of Tyre and Chancellor of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, gives an interesting account of this famous edifice as it existed in his time, during the Latin dominion. He speaks of the splendid mosaic work, of the Arabic characters setting forth the name of the founder, and the cost of the undertaking, and of the famous rock under the centre of the dome, which is to this day shown by the Moslems as the spot whereon the destroying angel stood, " with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem."* This rock he * Emi porto in eodem Templi œdificio, Intuì et extra ex opere musaico, Arabici idiomatìa literarum vetustissima tnonìmenta, quïbus et auctor et impensanmi qu&ntifas et quo tempore opus inceptum quodque coneummatum fuorit eridcnter declarator* . . . In hujus auperiorie are» medio Templum «di6catum est, forma quìdeni wtoffontm et laterum totidem, tectum habeas sphericum plumbo artificiose copertum. . . . Intus vero rò medio Templi, infra iateriorem columnarum ordinem rupei est, &c.—Will, Tgr, lib. i. cap 2, tib. vili. cap. 3. In hoe loco, eapra rupem qua» adhuc in eodem Tempio consistit, dicitur stetiase et apparaisse David exterminator Angelus, . . . Templum rjominicum in tanta veneratone habent Saraceni, ut nullus eorum ipeum audeat aliquibus sordihus maculare ; eed a Temotis et looftinquie regionibus, a temporibus 8alomouîs usque ad tempora prœscutia, reniant adorare.—i/oc, de Vilr. Ilùi. Ilieroeot, cap. Ixii. ρ 1080.

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