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

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
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Hugh de Payens died, however, shortly after his return, and ROBUST o was succeeded (A. D. 1130) by the Lord Robert, suraamed the A.D. 1130. Burgundian, (son-in-law of Ansehn, Archbishop of Canterbury,) . who, after the death of his wife, had taken the vows and the habit of the Templars.* He was a valiant and skilful general,j but the utmost exertions of himself and his military monks were found insufficient to sustain the tottering empire of the Latin Christians. The fierce religious and military enthusiasm of theMussulmen had been again aroused by the warlike Zinghis and his son Noureddin, two of the most famous chieftains of the age, who were regarded by the disciples of Mahomet as champions tiat could avenge the cause of the prophet, and recover to the civil and religious authority of the caliph the lost city of Jerusalem, and all the holy places so deeply venerated by the Moslems. The one was named Emod-ed-deen, " Pillar of religion ;" and the other Nour-ed-deen, " Light of religion," vulgarly, Noureddin. The Templars were worsted by overpowering numbers in several battles ; and in one of these the valiant Templar, Brother Odo de Montfaucou, was slain.J Emodeddeen took Taenza, Estarel, Hizam, Hesn-arruk, Hesn-Collis, &c. tas., and cloeed his victorious career by the capture of the important city of Edessa. Noureddin followed in the footsteps of the father : he obtained possession of the fortresses of Arlene, Mamoula, Basarfont, Kafarlatha; and overthrew with terrific slaughter the young Jocelyn de Courtenay, in a rash * Witt. Tyr. lib. xiii. cap, 26 ; Anseinme, lib. iii. epistolarum. cpist. 43, 63, G6, 67 i Duchesne in Hist. Ilurg. lib. iv. cap. 37. t Mues eximius et in armis ntrcnuus, nobilis came et moribug, dominas Robertus cognomino Bucgundio HagiâteT minti» Templi.—mit. Tyr. lib.xv.eap. G. X Vir eximius frater militisi Templi Otto de Monte Falconis, onmee de morte soi moeiore et gemituconnciens, occîâus est.—WìR, Tyr, lib. xv. cap. 6.


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