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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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the KKIGET8 templars. iil Among the many instances of the fanatical ardour of the Moslem warriors, are the following, extracted from the history of Abu Abdollah Alwakidi, Cadi of Bagdad. " Methinks," said a valiant Saracen youth, in the heat of battle against the Christians under the walls of Emesa — " methinks I see the black-eyed girls looking upon me, one of whom, should she appear in this world, all mankind would die for love of her ; and I see in the hand of one of them a handkerchief of green silk, and a cap made of precious stones, and she beckons me, and calls out, Come hither quickly, for I love thee." With these words, charging the infidels, he made havoc wherever he went, until he was at last struck down by a javelin. " It is not," said a dying Arabian warrior, when he embraced for the last time his sister and mother — " it is not the fading pleasure of this world that has prompted me to devote my life in the cause of religion, I seek the favour of God and his apostle, and I have heard from one of the companions of the prophet, that the spirits of the martyrs will be lodged in the crops of green birds who taste the fruits and drink of the waters of paradise. Farewell; we shall meet again among the groves and the fountains which God has prepared for his elect.* The Master of the Temple, Brother Bertrand de Blanquefort, was liberated from captivity at the instance of Manuel Comnenus, Emperor of Constantinople.f After his release he wrote several letters to Louis VII., king of France, describing the condition an oriental one, black and white being always used among the Ambe metaphorically, in the sense above described. Their customary salutation is, May your day be white, i. c may you be happy. * Ahcakidi Arab. //wi. translated by Ockley. Hut. Saracen. It refera to a period antecedent to the crusades, but the same religio-military enthusiasm prevailed during the boly war for the recovery of .Tcrusnlcin, t CitinamtiA, lib. iv. num. 22.

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