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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 292



Marcii, A. D . 1313, a public scaffold was erected before tbe JAMKS DB cathedral eburch of Notre Darne, at Paris, and tlie citizens were.D.'I313. a summoned to bear the Order of the Temple convicted by the mouths of its chief officers, of the sins and iniquities charged against it. The four knights, loaded with chains and surrounded by guards, were then brought upon the scaffold by the provost, and the bishop of Alba read their confessions aloud in the presence of the assembled populace. The papal legate then, turning towards the Grand Master and his companions, called upon them to renew, in the hearing of the people, the avowals which they had previously made of the guilt of their order. Hugh de Penilt, the Visitor-General, and the Preceptor of the Temple of Aquitaine, signified their assent to whatever was demanded of them, but the Grand Master raising his arms bound with chains towards heaven, and advancing to the edge of the scaffold, declared in a loud voice, that to say that which was untrue was a crime, both in the sight of God and man. " I do," said he, " confess my guilt, which consists in having, to my shame and dishonour, suffered myself, through the pain of torture and the fear of death, to give utterance to falsehoods, imputing scandalous sins and iniquities to an illustrious order, which hath nobly served tbe cause of Christianity. I disdain to seek a wretched and disgrace ful existence by engrafting another lie upon the original false hood." Πε was here interrupted by the provost and his officers, and Guy, the Grand Preceptor, having commenced with strong asseverations of his innocence, they were both hurried back to prison. King Philip was no sooner informed of the result of this strange proceeding, than, upon the first impulse of his indignation, -without consulting either pope, or bishop, or ecclesiastical council, he commanded the instant execution of both these gallant noble men. The same day at dusk they were led out of their dungeons,


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