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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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18 TH E K*IGltTS TtìSrLAÌi!. ^^^ H be given to Christ, the great Prowler of all things, with a humble heart/ as it becomes you, in the church, if it be near at hand, and if it be not, in the place where food has bceu eaten. The fragments (the whole loaves being reserved) should be given with brotherly charity to the domestics, or to poor people. And so we order it. " XV. Although the reward of poverty, which is the kingdom of heaven, be doubtless due unto the poor, yet we command you to give daily unto the almoner the tenth of your bread for distribution, a thing which the Christian religion assuredly recommends as regards the poor. " XVI. When the sun leaveth the eastern region, and descends into die west, at the ringing of the bell, or other customary signal, ye must all go to compiine {evening prayer ;) but ve wish you beforehand to take a general repast. But this repast we leave to the regulation and judgment of the Master, that when he pleaseth you may have water, and when he commandeth yon may receive it kindly tempered with wine : but this must not be done too plentifully, but sparingly, because we see even wise men fall away through wine. " XVII. The compiine being ended, you must go to bed. After the brothers have once departed from the hall, it must not be permitted any one to speak iu public, except it be upon urgent necessity. But whatever is spoken must be said in an under tone by the knight to his esquire. Perchance, however, in the interval between prayers and sleep, it may behove you, from urgent necessity, no opportunity having occurred during the day, to speak on some military matter, or concerning the state of your house, with some portion of the brethren, or with the Master, or with him to whom the government of the house has been confided : this, then, we order to be done in conformity with that which hath been written : In mom/ words thou shall not atoid six ; and in another place, Life anil death are ia the hands of the tongue. In that discourse, therefore, we utterly prohibit scurrility aud idle words moving unto laughter, and on going to bed, if any one amongst you bath uttered a foolish saying, we enjoin him, in all humility, and with purity of devotion, to repeat the LOTU'S Prayer. " XVIII. We do not require the wearied soldiers torise to matins, as

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