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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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it is plain the others must, hut with the assent of the Master, or of him who hath been put in authority by the Master, they may take their rest ; they must, nevertheless, sing thirteen appointed prayers, so that their minds be in unison with then" voices, in accordance with that of the prophet ι Sing wisely tmto the Lord, and again, J will sing unto thee in the sight of the ungete. This, however, should always be left to the judgment of the Master .......... " XX To all the professed knights, both in winter and summer, we give, if they can be procured, white garments, that those who have cast behind them a dark life may know that they are to commend themselves to their Creator by a pure and white life. For what is whiteness but perfect chastity, and chastity is the security of the soul and the health of the body. And unless every knight shall continue chaste, he shall not come to perpetual rest, nor see God, as the apostle Paul witnesseth : Folloni after peace with all men, and chastity, without which no man shall see God. " XXI Let all the esquires and retainers be clothed in black garments ; but if such cannot be found, let them have what cau be procured in the province where they live, so that they be of one colour, and such as is of a meaner character, viz. brown. " ΧΧΠ. It is granted to-none to wear white habits, or to have white mantles, excepting the above-named knights of Christ. " XXIII. We have decreed in common council, that no brother shall wear skins or cloaks, or anything serving as a covering for the body in the winter, even the cassock made of skins, except they be the skins of lambs or of rams. .......... " XXV. If any brother wisheth as a matter of right, or from motives of pride, to have the fairest or best habit, for such presumption without doubt he merits the very worst. . . . . . . " XXX. To each one of the knights let there be allotted three horses. The noted poverty of the House of God, and of the Temple of Solomon, does not at present permit an increase of the number, unless it be with the license of the Master . . . . . . . . " XXXI. For the same reason we grant unto each knight only one c 2

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