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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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death could overcome, but who remained stedfast amid all their JAKHS D* trials in the maintenance of the innocence of their order, were j^^Su, condemned to perpetual imprisonment as unreconciled heretics ; whilst those who, having made the required confessions of guilt, continued to persevere in them,received absolution, were declared reconciled to the church, and were set at liberty- Notwithstand ing the terror inspired by these executions, many of the Templars still persisted in the revocation of their confessions, which they stigmatized as the result of insufferable torture, and boldly main tained the innocence of their order. On the 18th of August, four other Templars were condemned as relapsed heretics by the council of Sens, and were likewise burned by the Porte St. Antoine ; and it is stated that a hundred and thirteen Templars were from first to last burnt at the stake in Paris. Many others were burned in Lorraine ; in Normandy ; at Carcassone, and nine, or, according to some writers, twentynine, were burnt by the archbishop of Rheims at Senlis ! King Philip's officers, indeed, not content with their inhuman cruelty towards the living, invaded the sanctity of the tomb; they dragged a dead Templar, who had been Treasurer of the Temple at Paris, from his grave, and burnt the mouldering corpse as a heretic* In the midst of all these sanguinary atrocities, the examinations continued before the ecclesiastical tribunals. Many aged and illustrious warriors, who merited a better fate, appeared before their judges pale and trembling. At first they revoked their confessions, declared their innocence, and were remanded to prison ; and then, panic-stricken, tbey demanded to be led back before the papal commissioners, when they abandoned their retractations, persisted in their previous avowals of guilt, humbly expressed their sorrow and repentance, and were then pardoned, • Vît. prim, ettert. Clem. V. col. 57, 17. Bent. Guae. apud .Muratori, tom. iii. p. iîTfi. Contin. Chroo. de Najig'u ad ann. 1310. Bayntruard, p. 120,


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