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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 264



nailed upon it, thrown carelessly upon the altar, and he observed JAKES DI to a certain brother of the Temple, that the cross was in a most t^tìii. indecent and improper position, and he was about to lift it up and stand it erect, when that same brother called out to him, " Lay down the cross and depart in peace !" Brother John de Wederal, another Minorite, sent to the inquisitors a written paper, wherein he stated that he had lately heard in the country, that a Templar, named Robert de Baysat, was once seen running about a meadow uttering, " Alas ! alas ! that ever I was born, seeing that I have denied God and sold myself to the devil !" Brother N. de Chinon, another Minorite, had heard that a certain Templar had a son who peeped through a chink in the wall of the chapter-room, and saw a person who was about to be professed, slain because he would not deny Christ, and afterwards the boy was asked by his father to become a Templar, but refused, and he immediately shared the same fate. Twenty witnesses, who were examined in each other's presence, merely repeated the above absurdities, or related similar ones.* At this stage of the proceedings, the papal inquisitor, Sicard de Vaur, exhibited two rack-extorted confessions of Templars which had been obtained in France. The first was from Robert de St. Just, who had been received into the order by brother Humbert, Grand Preceptor of England, but had been arrested in France, and there tortured by the myrmidons of Philip. In this confession, Robert de St. Just states that, on his admission to the vows of the Temple, he denied Christ, and spat beside the cross. The second confession had been extorted from Geoffrey de Gonville, Knight of the Order of the Temple, Preceptor of Aquitaine and Poitou, and had been given on the 15th of Novem * Suepieio (qusj loco testis 21, in MS. allegatur,) probure videtur, quod omnes esami nati ia aliquo dejeraverunt (pejeraverunt,) ut ex inspectione processuum apparet.—MS. Sodi. Ox on. f. 5. 2. Condi, torn. ii. p. 359.


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