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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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treason, so certainly their wealth was the principal cause of their overthrow. . . . W e may believe that king Philip would never have taken away their lives if he might have taken their lands without putting them to death, but the mischief was, he could not get the honey unless he burnt the bees."* King Philip, the pope, and the European sovereigns, appear to have disposed of all the personalty of the Templars, the ornaments, jewels, and treasure of their churches and chapels, and during the period of five years, over which the proceedings against the order extended, they rerhained in the actual receipt of the vast rents and revenues of the fraternity. After the promulgation of the bull, assigning the property of the Templars to the Hospitallers, king Philip put forward a claim upon the land to the extent of two hundred thousand pounds for the expenses of the prosecution, and Louis Hutin, his son, required a further sum of sixty thousand pounds from the Hospitallers, before he would consent to surrender the estates into their hands."+ " J'ignore," says Voltaire, " ce qui revint au pape, mais je vois évidemment que les frais des cardinaux, des inquisiteurs délégués pour faire ce procès épouvantable montèrent à des sommés immenses."4^ The holy pontiff, according to his own account, re* eeived only a small portion of the personalty of the order,§ but others make him a large participator in the good things of the fraternity-II On the imprisonment of the Templars in England, the Temple at London, and all the preceptories dependent upon it, with the manors, farms, houses, lands, and revenues of the fraternity, were * Fullest Îlist. Hoir War, book v. ch. iii. Τ /«puy,p. 179, 184. Î Essai sur les mœurs, &c, torn. ii. p. 242. $ Nihil ad nos uaquam perrenit nisi modica bona mobìlia. Epïsti ad Philip, 2 non. Maj, 1309. Raywmard, p. 198. De Vtrtst, liv. Hi. Il Rayneuard, 197, 198, 19».


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