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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
page 142



" The many and great calamities wherewith the anger of God, OKKAUD OR excited by our manifold sms, bath just now permitted us to be 11117. A.D. afflicted, we cannot for grief unfold to you, neither by letters nor by our sobbing speech. The infidel chiefs having collected together a vast number of their people, fiercely invaded our christian territories, and we, assembling our battalions, hastened to Tiberias to arrest their march. The enemy having hemmed us in among barren rocks, fiercely attacked us ; the holy cross and the king himself fell into the hands of the infidels, the whole army was cut to pieces, two hundred and thirty of our knights were beheaded, without reckoning the sixty who were killed on the 1st of May. The Lord Reginald of Sidon, the Lord Ballo vi us, and we ourselves, escaped with vast difficulty from that miserable field. The Pagans, drunk with the blood of our Christians, then marched with their whole army against the city of Acre, and took it by storm. The city of Tyre is at present fiercely besieged, and neither by night nor by day do the infidels discontinue their furious assaults. So great is the multitude of them, that they cover like ants the whole face of the country from Tyre to Jerusalem, and even unto Gaza. The holy city of Jerusalem, Ascalon, and Tyre, and Beyrout, are alone left to us and to the christian cause, and the garrisons and the chief inhabitants of these places, having perished in the battle of Tiberias, we have no hope of retaining them without succour from heaven and instant assistance from yourselves." * Saladin, on the other hand, sent triumphant letters to the caliph. " God and his angels," says he, " have mercifully succoured Islam. The infidels have been sent to feed the fires of Belli The cross is fallen into our hands, around which they ν· * Bptstola Tettici Pratceptoris Templi de captione terra; Jeroeolymitanie, Hoveden armai, apud rei. Angl. script post Bedam, p. 636, 637. Chrrni. Germs, ib. col. 1502. Radulph de Dìcelo, apud X . script, col. 635, Κ


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