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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 236



Brother Robert le Seott, knight, a brother of twenty-six years' JA ™ DK standing, had been received at the Pilgrim's Castle, the famous A. D. 1309. fortress of the Knights Templars in Palestine, by the Grand Master, Brother William de Beaujeu, the hero who died so gloriously at the head of his knights at the last siege and storming of Acre. He states that from levity of disposition he quitted the order after it had been driven out of Palestine, and absented himself for two years, during which period he came to Borne, and confessed to the Pope's penitentiary, who imposed on him α heavy penance, and enjoined him to return to his brethren in the East, and that he went back and resumed his habit at Nicosia in the island of Cyprus, and was re-admitted to the order by command of the Grand Master, James de Molay, who was then at the head of the convent. He adds, also, that Brother Himbert Blanke (the previous witness) was present at his first reception at the Pilgrim's Castle. He fully corroborates all the foregoing testimony. Brother Richard de Peitevyn, a member of forty-two years' standing, deposes that, in addition to the previous oaths, he swore that he would never bear arms against Christians except in his own defence, or in defence of the rights of the order ; he declares that the enormities mentioned in the articles were never heard of before Bernard Peletin brought letters to his lord, the king of England, against the Templars. On the 22nd day of the inquiry, the following entry was made on the record of the proceedings :— " Memorandum. Brothers Philip de Mewes, Thomas de Burton, and Thomas de Staundon, were advised and earnestly exhorted to abandon their religious profession, who severally replied that they would rather die than do so." * On the 19th and 20th of November, seven lay witnesses, un * Actum in Capella infirmarla! prioratue Sonets Trinitatis prcesenu*bue, etc. Concilia Magme Britanniie, torn. in. p. 344. Ibid. p. 334—343.


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