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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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Gerard B S and the Arabian writers tell us that, on seeing the dead, one RlDBRFORT. · , A. D. lis;, would have thought that there could be no prisoners, and on seeing the prisoners, that there could be no dead. As soon as the battle was over, Saladin proceeded to a tent, whither, in obedience to bis commands, the king of Jerusalem, the Grand Master of the Temple, and Reginald de Chatillon, had been conducted. This last nobleman had greatly distinguished himself in various daring expeditions against the caravans of pilgrims travelling to Mecca, and had become on that account particularly obnoxious to the pious Saladin. The sultan, on entering the tent, ordered a bowl of sherbet, the sacred pledge amongst the Arabs of hospitality and security, to be presented to the fallen monarch of Jerusalem, and to the Grand Master of the Temple; but when Reginald de Chatillon would have drunk thereof, Saladin prevented him, and reproaching the christian nobleman with perfidy and impiety, he commanded him instantly to acknowledge the prophet whom he had blasphemed, or be prepared to meet the death he had so often deserved. On Reginald's refusal, Saladin struck him with his scimitar, and he was immediately despatched by the guards.* Bohadin, Saladin's friend and secretary, an eye-witness of the scene, gives the following account of it : " Then Saladin told the interpreter to say thus to the king, ' It is thou, not I, who givest drink to this man !' Then tbe sultan sat down at the entrance of the tent, and they brought Prince Reginald before him, and after refreshing tbe man's memory, Saladin said to him, ' Now then, I myself will act the part of the defender of Mohammed !' He then offered the man the Mohammedan faith, but he refused it ; then the king struck him on the shoulder with a drawn scimitar, which was a hint to those that were present to do * Contin. hist. Loll. sacr. apud Mortene, torn. T. col. COB. Itemnrd. Theeavr. spud Muratori script,rcr. Ital„ cnp. IO. coi 701.

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