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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 233



JAM«5 M his own will, but ninst follow the will of the preceptor ; that if he . υ. 1309. wished to do one thing, he would be ordered to do another ; and that if he wished to be at one place, he would be sent to another; that having promised so to act, he swore upon the holy gospels of God to obey the Master, to hold no property, to preserve chastity, never to consent that any man should be unjustly despoiled of his heritage, and never to lay violent hands on any man, except in self-defence, or upon the Saracens. He states that the oath was administered to him in the chapel of the preceptory of Temple Coumbe, in the presence only of the brethren of the order ; that the rule was read over to him by one of the brothers, and that a learned serving brother, named John de VValpole, instructed him, for the space of one month, upon the matters contained in it. The prisoner was then taken back to the Tower, and was directed to be strictly separated from his brethren, and not to be suffered to speak to any one of them. ' The two next days (Oct. 24 and 25) were taken up with a similar examination of Brothers Hugh de Tadecastre and Thomas le Chambcrleyn, who gave precisely the same account of their reception as the previous witness. Brother Hugh de Tadecnstre added, that he swore to succour the Holy Land with all his might, and defend it against the enemies of the christian faith ; and that after he had taken the customary oaths and the three vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, the mantle of the order and the cross with the coif on the head were delivered to him in the church, in the presence of the Master, the knights, and the brothers, all eeculars being excluded. Brother Thomas le Chamberlevn added, that there was the same mode of reception in England as beyond sea, and the same mode of taking the vows ; that all seculars are excluded, and that when ho himself entered the Temple church to be professed, the door by which he entered was closed after him ; that there was another door looking into the


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