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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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ΤΗΒ KNIGHTS TEMPLAHS. 158 to destroy the city of Daniietta, and we shall then march upon WILUAU m CuAuTSas. Jerusalem. ... " * A. D. 1218. It was in the month of May, A . D . 1218, that the galleys of the Templars set sail from Acre on the above-mentioned memorable expedition into Egypt. They cast anchor in the mouth of the Nile, and, in conjunction with a powerful army of crusaders, laid siege to Damietta. A pestilence broke out shortly after their arrival, and hurried the Grand Master, William de Chartres, to his grave.f He was succeeded by the veteran warrior, Brother FjtTxa ox ΜΟΚΤΛΙΟΙ'. PETEB DE MONTAIGU, Grand Preceptor of Spain.}; A.O. 1218. James of Vitry, bishop of Acre, who accompanied the Templars on this expedition, gives an enthusiastic account of their famous exploits, and of the tremendous battles fought upon the Kile, in one of which a large vessel of the Templars was sunk, and every soul on board perished. He describes the great assault on their camp towards the middle of the year 1219, when the trenches were forced, and all the infantry put to flight. " The insulting shouts of the conquering Saracens," says he, " were heard on all sides, and a panic was rapidly spreading through the disordered ranks of the whole army of the cross, when the Grand Master and brethren of the Temple made a desperate charge, and bravely routed the first ranks of the infidels. The spirit of Gideon animated the Templars, and the rest of the army, stimulated by their example, bravely advanced to their support. ... . Thus did the Lord on that day, through the valour of the Templars, save those who trusted in Him." ij Immediately after the surrender of Damietta, the Grand Master of the Temple * Ital, et Raven. Historiaram Hiercnymi liubei, lib. vi. p. 380, 381, ad ana. 1217. etlVeu. 1603. t Joe. de Fit*, lib. ili. ad. ann. 1210. Gesta Dei, torn i. 1, pars 2, p. 1133,4, i. ί Gait, Christ nov, torn. ii. col, 714, torn TU*CO1. 229. § Joe. de Vitr. I list. Orient, at sup. p. 1138. Bernard Thesaur. apud Muratori, cap.

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