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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 175



ΗΜΜΛ«Ν DI brothers indeed uncovered, bowed their heads from side to side, an A'DR"Ì239*l recommended themselves to the prayers of all."* Whilst the Knights Templars were thus valiantly sustaining the cause of the cross against the infidels in the East, one of the holy brethren of the order, the king's special counsellor, named Geoffrey, was signalising his zeal against infidels at home in England, (A. D . 1239,) by a fierce destruction and extermination of the Jews. According to Matthew Paris, he seized and incarcerated the unhappy Israelites, and extorted from them immense sums of money.f Shortly afterwards, Brother Geoffrey fell into disgrace and was banished from court, and Brother Roger, another Templar, the king's almoner, shared the same fate, and was forbidden to approach the royal presence.!]: Some of the brethren of the order were always about the court, and when the English monarch crossed the seas, he generally wrote letters to the Master of the Temple at London, informing him of the state of the royal health .§ It was at this period, (A. D. 1240,) that the oblong portion of the Temple church was completed and consecrated in the presence of King Henry the Third.)) The Grand Mastership of Brother Hermann de Perigord is • A Clerkenurelle domo BUA, quae est Londonils, per medium crvitatis, clypeis cireiter triginta detectis, hasrje elcvatis, et promo vexillo, venue pontem, ut ab omnibus vîdentibus, benedictionem obtinerenl, pcrrexerunt eleganter. Fratres vcròinclinatis eapitibus, hine et inde caputi» depoaitUt, se omnium precibua commendovenint.—Mail. Par. p. 4*3, 444. Τ Et eodem anno (1239). . .passi eunt Judade^erminitmiTruumumetdeatructronein, easdem arctante et incarcerante, et pocumam ab eisdem extorquente Galfrido Templario, Regie speciali consilìarlo.—Matt. Par. p. 489, ad ann. 1331), Ϊ In ipsa ira aufugavit fralrctn Ragerum Templariuin ab officio cleenjosynarìse, ct a curia jussit olongari.—Ib. $ Hymer, torn, i, p. 404. Il Post.


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