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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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Palestine, and the Grand Master, Gerard de Riderfort, coerced GMAKD m with tho heavy hand of authority the nobles of the kingdom, and ^™"π86! even the king himself. Shortly after the return of Heraclius to Palestine, King Baldwin IV. died, and was succeeded by his infant nephew, Baldwin V., who was crowned in the church of the Resurrection, and was afterwards royally entertained by the Templars in the Temple of Solomon, according to ancient custom.* The young king died at Acro alter a short reign of only seven months, and the Templars brought the body to Jerusalem, and buried it in the tombs of the christian kings. The Grand Master of the Temple then raised Sibylla, the mother of the deceased monarch, and her second husband, Guy of Lusignan, to the throne. Gerard de Riderfort surrounded the palace with troops ; he closed the gates of Jerusalem, and delivered the regalia to the Patriarch. He then conducted Sibylla and her husband to the church of the Resurrection, where they were both crowned by Heraclius, and were afterwards entertained at dinner in the Temple. Guy dc Lusignan was a prince of handsome person, but of such base renown, that his own brother Geoffrey was heard to exclaim, " Since they have made him a king, surely they would have made me a God !" These proceedings led to endless discord and dissension ; Raymond, Count of Tripoli, withdrew from court ; many of the barons refused to do homage, and the · state was torn by faction and dissension at a time when all the energies of the population were required to defend the country from the Moslems.f * Quand le roi avoit offert aa corono au Temple Dominua, si nvaloît uns degrès qui sont dehors le Temple, et catroït en son pales au Temple de Salomon, ou li Templiers manoient. La etoient les tables por meogier, ou le roi s'asseoit, ct si baron et toit cil qui mengier voloient.—Contin. belt sacr. apud Marlene, torn. ν. col. fi86\ i Contin. hist, ut sup., col, 393, 4. Bernard, T&etavr, npud Muratori script, rer. Itaì., torn. vii. cap. 147, col. 782, enp. 148, col. 173. Assises de Jerusalem, cap. 287, UBS. Citili. Acuir, cap. Hi.

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