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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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exerted himself in their behalf, and sent letters to the possessore of the property, reproving them for the non-payment of the allotted stipends. " This inhumanity," says he, " awakens our compassion, and penetrates us with the most lively grief. W e pray and conjure you in kindness to furnish them, for the love of God and for charity, with the means of subsistence."* The archbishop of York caused many of them to be supported in the different monasteries of his diocese.+ Many of the quondam Templars, however, after the dissolution of their order, assumed a secular habit ; they blended themselves with the laity, mixed in the pleasures of the world, and even presumed to contract matrimony, proceedings which drew down upon them the severe indignation of the Roman pontiff. In a bull addressed to the archbishop of Canterbury, the pope stigmatises these marriages as unlawful concubinages ; he observes that, the late Templars remained bound, notwithstanding the dissolution of their order, by their vows of perpetual chastity, and he orders them to be separated from the women whom they had married, and to be placed in different monasteries, where they are to dedicate themselves to the service of God, and the strict performance of their religious vows.J The Templars adopted the oriental fashion of long beards, and during the proscription of the fraternity, when the fugitives who had thrown off their habits were hunted out like wild beasts, it appears to have been dangerous for laymen to possess beards, of more than a few weeks' growth. Papers and certificates were granted to men with long beards, to prevent them from being molested' by the officers of justice as suspected Templars, as appears from the following curious certi cate given by king Edward the Second to his valet, who had " Conci). Mag. Brit., torn. ii. t WaJtmgham, p. St. t Menait. Angl^ vol. τι. part ii. p. 848.


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