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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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or their common necessities render expedient. Among them there is no distinction of persons ; respect is paid to the best and most virtuous, not the mast noble. They participate in each other's honour, they bear one another's burthens, that they may fulfil the law of Christ. An insolent expression, a useless undertaking, immoderate laughter, the least murmur _or_ whispering, if found out, passetti not without severe rebuke. _ They detest cards^v / and dice, they shun the sports of the fîëTôCand take no delight in that ludicrous catching of birds, (hawking,) which men are wont to indulge in. Jesters, arfd soothsayers, and storytellers, scurrilous songs, shows and games, they contemptuously despise and ' abominate as vanities and mad follies. They cut their hair, knowing that, according to the apostle, it is not seemly in a man to have long hair. They are never combed, seldom washed, but appear rather with rough neglected hair, foul with dust, and with, skins browned by the sun and their coats of mail. —** Moreover, on the approach of battle they fortify themselves with faith within, and with steel without, and not with gold, so that, armed and not adorned, they may strike terror into the enemy, rather than awaken his lust of plunder. They strive earnestly to possess strong and swift horses, but not garnished with ornaments or decked with trappings, thinking of battle and of victory, and not of pomp and show, and studying to inspire fear rather than admiration " Such hath God chosen for his own, and hath collected together as his ministers from the ends of the earth, from among the bravest of Israel, who indeed vigilantly and faithfully guard the holy sepulchre, all armed with the sword, and most learned in the art of war. . ." " Concerning the TEMPLE." " There is indeed a Temple at Jerusalem in which they dwell together, unequal, it is true, as a building, to that ancient and

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