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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 283



JAMM »K same ; and being answered in the affirmative, he, through fear of Λ.Β. isii. immediate death, denied Christ with his tongue, but not with his heart. Being asked in whom he was told to put his faith after he had denied Christ Jesus, he replies," In that great Omnipotent God who created the heaven and the earth."* Such, in substance, was the whole of the criminatory evidence that could be wrung by torture, by a long imprisonment, and by hardships of every kind, from the Templars in England. It amounts simply to an assertion that they compelled all whom they received into their order to renounce the christian religion, a thing perfectly incredible. Is it to be supposed that the many good Christians of high birth, and honour, and exalted piety, who entered into the order of the Temple, taking the cross for their standard and their guide, would thus suddenly have cast their faith and their religion to the winds? Would they not rather have denounced the impiety and iniquity to the officers of the Inquisition, and to the pope, the superior of the order ? ** Ainsi que la -vertu, le crime asce degree Et jamais on n'a vu ta timide innocence Passer subitement à l'extrême licence. Un seul jour ne fait point d*un mortel vertueux Un perfide apostat, un traître audacieux." Phèdre, Acte iv. Scene 2. On Saturday, the 3rd of July, the archbishop of Canterbury, and the bishops, the clergy, and the people of the city of London, were again assembled around the western door of Saint Paul's cathedral, and Brother John de Stoke, chaplain of the order of the * Acta fticrunt haw die et loco prasdictii, priesentibus patribus anledictis, et veneranda discretionis viris magistris Michaeie dc Rcrchiim, cancellano domini archiepiscopi Cantuar. ... . et nie Ranulpho de Waltbam, London, cpiscoporuni notarile publicis.—Acta contra Templarios. Conci!. Mag. fiHi.,tom. ii. p. 307, 388.


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