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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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138 ΤΪΓΒ KNIGHTS TEMPLARS. Cntaa» DÏ Temple again appeared in arms at the head of the remaining Λ.Β. nee. forces of the order.* The torpid sensibility of Christendom had at this time been aroused by the intelligence of the fall of Jerusalem, and of the profanation of the holy places by the conquering infidels. Three hundred knights and a considerable naval force were immediately despatched from Sicily, and all the Templars of the "West capable of bearing arms hurried from their preceptories to the sea-ports of the Mediterranean, and embarked for Palestine in the ships of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice. Thè king of England forwarded a large sum of money to the order for the defence of the city of Tyre ; but as the siege had been raised before its arrival, and as Conrad, the valiant defender of the place, claimed a title to the throne of Jerusalem in opposition to Guy de Lusignan, the Grand Master of the Temple refused to deliver the money into Conrad's hands, in consequonce whereof the latter wrote letters filled with bitter complaints to King Henry and the archbishop of Canterbury.* In the spring of the year 1189, the Grand Master of the Temple marched out of Tyre at the head of the newly-arrived brethren of the order, and, in conjunction with a large army of crusaders, laid siege to Acre. The " victorious defender of the faith, tamer of the followers of the cross," hastened to its relief, and pitched his tents on the mountains of Carouba. On the 4th of October, the newly-arrived warriors from Europe, eager to signalize their prowess against the infidels, marched out to attack Saladin's camp. The Grand Master of the Temple, at the head of his knights and the forces of the order, and a large body of European chivalry who had ranged thera • Jac. de Yitr. cap. xcv. Vinitattf, apud X V script, p. 257. Trivet ad ann. 11 Hi!, apud Hall, p. 03. f Kadulph de Diceto ut sup. col, 642. 643, Malt. Par. ad ann. lllllt.


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