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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
page 180

Order.* The fallowing account of these disasters was forwarded HERJUJ™ » to Europe by the V ice-Master of the Temple, and tue bishops and. η. ì-2u. Λ abbots of Palestine. " To the reverend Fatliers in Christ, and to all our friends, archbishops, bishops, abbots, and other prelates of the church in the kingdoms of France and England, to whom these letters shall tome;—Robert, by the grace of God, patriarch of the holy church of Jerusalem ; Henry, archbishop of Nazareth; J. elect of Cœsarea ; H, bishop of Acre ; William de Roche/art, Vice-Master of the house of the soldiery of the TEMPLE, and of the convent of the same house ; II. prior of the sepulchre of the Lord ; lì. of the Mount of Olives, Ace. &c. Health and prosperity." " The cruel barbarian, issuing forth from the confines of the East, hath turned his footsteps towards the kingdom of Jerusalem, that holy land, which, though it hath at. ditierent periods been grievously harassed by the Saracen tribes, hath yet in these latter days enjoyed ease and tranquillity, and been at peace with the neighbouring nations. But, alas! the sins of our christian people have just now raised up for its destruction an unknown people, and an avenging sword from afar . . . ." They proceed to describe the destructive progress of the Carizmians from Tartary, the devastation of Persia, the fierce extermination by those savage hordes of all races and nations, without distinction of religion, and their sudden entry into the Holy .Land by the side of Saphet and Tiberias, " when," say they, " by the common advice, and at. the unanimous desire of the Master's of the religious houses of the chivalry of the Temple and the Hospital, we called in the assistance of the sultans of Damascus and Carac, who were bound to us by treaty, and η ho bore especial hatred to the Carizmians ; they promised and solemnly swore to give us their entire aid, but the succour came slow and tardy ; the Christian forces were * Marin Sttntit, p. 217.

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