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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 333



TUB TEMPLE CBTJBOH. For this sacrilege and impiety Sir Geoffrey was excommunicated, but, deriding the spiritual thunders, he went and laid siege to the royal castle at Burwell. After a successful attack which brought him to the foot of the rampart, he took off his helmet, it being summer-time and the weather hot, that he might breathe more freely, when a foot soldier belonging to the garrison shot an arrow from α loophole in the castle wall, and gave him a slight wound on the head ; " which slight wound," says our worthy monk of Newburgh, " although at first treated with derision, after a few days destroyed him, so that that most ferocious roan, never having been absolved from the bond of the ecclesiastical curse, went to hell."* Peter de Langtoft thus speaks of these evil doings of the earl of Essex, in his curious poetic chronicle. " The abbey of Rampaci» hi nyght he tabbed it The tresore bare awaie with hand thai mrght on hit. Abbot, and prior, and monk, thai did outchace, Of holy kirke a toure to theft thai mad it place. Roberd the Marmimi, the aame wares did he. He robbed tbnrgh trason the bh-k of Coaentre. Here now of their sellarne, what chance befelle. The story sais the same soth as the gospelle : cap. xi. p. 44 to 46. Henry of Huntingdon, who lived in king Stephen's reign, and kept up a correspondence with the abbot of Ramsay, thus speaks of this wonderful phenomenon, of which he declares himself an eye-witness. Dum autem ecclesia ilia pro castello teneretur, ebullirit sanguis a parietibus ecclesie et claustri adjaeentia, indignation em divinam manifestane ; sceleratorum exterminationem denuntians, quod quid em multi viderant, et ego ipse quùtem mets OCU/M inspejri I Script, post Bedam. lib. viii, p. 393, ed. 1601, Francfort. Horeden, who wrote shortly after, has copied this account. Annales, ib. p. 488. * Guilt. Xeubr, ut snpr. p. 4a, 46. Chron, Gervasii, apud X . script, col. 1360. Asmsd. S. Angustili. Tricot ad ans. 1144, p. 14. Virasi. Orompio», col 1033. Utveden, ut supr. p. 488.


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