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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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" 63. That they did these things out of devotion. 'Μ""*··" " " 64. That they did them everywhere. A.D. 1309. " 65. That the greater part did. " 60. That those who refused the things above mentioned at their reception, or to observe them afterwards, were killed or cast into prison." * The remaining articles, twenty-one in number, are directed principally to the mode of confession practised amongst the fraternity, and to matters of heretical depravity. Such an accusation as this, justly remarks Voltaire, destroys itself. Brother William de la More, and thirty more of his brethren, being interrogated before the inquisitors, positively denied the guilt of the order, and affirmed that the Templars who had made the confessions alluded to in France had lied. They were ordered to be brought up separately to be examined. On the 23rd of October, brother William Haven, being interrogated as to the mode of his reception into the order, states that he was admitted by brother William de la More, the Master of the Temple at Temple Coumbe, in the dioeese of Bath ; that he petitioned the brethren of the Temple that they would be pleased to receive him into the order to serve God and the blessed Virgin Mary, and to end his life in their service ; that he was asked if he had a firm wish so to do ; and replied that he had ; that two brothers then expounded to him the strictness and severity of the order, and told him that he would not be allowed to act after * The original draft of these articles of accusation, with tlie corrections and alterations, is preserved in the Trésor des Chartres Raynou&rd, Monumens Historiques, p. 50, 51. The proceedings against the Templars in England are preserved in MS, in the British Muséum, Ilari. No. 2Ò2,62, f. p. 113 ; No. 247, 88, f. p. 144. Bib. Cotton Julius, b. xiï. p. TO ; and in the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum. The principal part of them has been published by ΙΠΛΰΜ in the Concilia Magna) Britaimuc, torn. ii. p. •UTS'—401, and by Dttgdaie, in the Monast. Augi. vol. vi. part 2. p. 044—848.


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