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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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ROBMITDK the head of an immense force, exerted all his energies to oppose Λ. «""il , their progress, and the march to Jaffa formed a perpetual battle of eleven days. On some occasions Cœur de Lion himself, at the head of a chosen body of knights, led the van, and the Templars were formed into a rear-guard.* They sustained immense loss, particularly in horses, which last calamity, we are told, rendered them nearly desperate.f The Moslem as well as the christian writers speak with admiration of the feats of heroism performed. " On the sixth day," says Bohadin, " the sultan rose -at dawn as usual, and heard from his brother that the enemy were in motion. They had slept that night in suitable places about Cœsarea, and were now dressing and taking their food. A second messenger announced that they had begun their march ; our brazen drum was sounded, all were alert, tbe sultan came out, and I accompanied him : he surrounded them with chosen troops, and gave the signal for attack." ... . . . "Their foot soldiers were covered with thick-strung pieces of cloth, fastened together with rings so as to resemble coats of mail. I saw with my own eyes several who had not one nor two but ten darts sticking in their backs ! and yet marched on with a calm and cheerful step, without any trepidation !" J Every exertion was made to sustain the courage and enthusiasm of the christian warriors. When the army halted for the night, and the soldiers were about to take their rest, a loud voice was heard from the midst of the camp, exclaiming, " ASSIST THE HOLV SEPULCIIHE," which words were repeated by the leaders of the host, and were echoed and re-echoed along their extended lines.ij " Ibi lei prteordinavcrat quod die «equenti primam aciem ipse deducerct, et quod Templari! extreme; agminis agerent crattodiam.— nniwtr/, cap. xiv. p. 3M. + Deducenda; extremes legioni pnefuerant Templari!, qui tot equoa ea die Tarda irruenlibus, a tergo amiacrunt, quod fere daepcrati sunt.—lb. Î BoKadin, cap. cxri. p. 189. S Singul» noctibua anteqtiara domiituri cubarent, quidam ad hoc deputati» voce

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