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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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beneath them, such showers of these had been discharged against the Templars by the Saracens!"* Eir-wALn oit f Grand Master, William de Sonnac, was succeeded by the Vienine ue ' A. o. 1252. Marshall of the Temple, Brother Reginald de Vichier.t King Louis, after his release from captivity, proceeded to Palestine, where he remained two years. He repaired the fortifications of Jaffa and Cesarea, and assisted the Templars in putting the country into a defensible state. The Lord de Joinville remained with him the whole time, and relates some curious events that took place during his stay. It' appears that the scheik of the assassins still continued to pay tribute to the Templars ; and dnring the king's residence at Acre, the chief sent ambassadors to him to obtain a remission of the tribute. He gave them an audience, and declared that he would consider of their proposal. " When they came again before the king," says Joinville, " it was about vespers, and they found the Master of the Temple on one side of him, and the Master of the Hospital on the other. The ambassadors refused to repeat what they had said in the morning, but the Masters of the Temple and the Hospital commanded them so to do. Then the Masters of the Temple and Hospital told them that their lord had very foolishly and impudently sent such a message to the king of France, and had they not been invested with the character of ambassadors, they would have thrown them into the filthy sea of Acre, and have drowned them in despite of their master. ' And we command you,' continued the masters, ' to return to your lord, and to come back • Et à celle bataille frerc Guillaume le Mostre du Temple perdi l'un desyex, et l'autre avoit il perdu le jour de quaream pernant, et en fu mort ledit seigneur, que Dieux absoillc.—JnÎHri/Ie, p. 58. + Et sachez que il avoît bien un journcl de terre dariere les Templiers, qui estoit si clmrgÉ de pyles que les Sarrazina leur avoient lanciéee, que il n*i pnroit point de terre pour la grant foison de pyles.—Ib.


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