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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
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Geffrey of Mnundeiiile to felo wrouh he wouh,* The deuelle gald him his while with nn arrowe him slooh. The gode bishop of Chcstre cursed this ilk Geffrey, The lif out of his estre in cursing went away. Araulf his sonne was taken als theffe, and brouht in bond, Before the kyng forsaken, and exiled oat of his lond."t The monks of Walden tell us, that as the earl lay wounded oil his sick couch, and felt the hand of death pressing heavy upon hiin, he bitterly repented of his evil deeds, and sought, but in vain, for ecclesiastical assistance. At last some Knights Templars came to hiin, and finding him humble and contrite, praying earnestly to God, and making what satisfaction he could for his past offences, they put on him the habit of their religion marked with the red cross. After he had expired, they carried the dead body with them to the Old Temple at London ; but as the earl had died excommunicated, they durst not give him christian burial in consecrated ground, and they accordingly soldered him up in lead, and hung him on a crooked tree in their orchard.} Some years afterwards, through the exertions and at the expense of William, whom the earl had made prior of Walden Abbey, his absolution was obtained from pope Alexander the Third, so that his body was permitted to be received amongst Christians, and the divine offices to be celebrated for him. The prior accordingly endeavoured to take down the corpse and carry it to Walden ; but the Templars, being informed of his design, buried * Grew mad with much anger. t Peter Langtofts Chronicle, vol. i. 133, by Robert of JBrunne, translated from a MS. in the Inner Temple Library, Ο son. 172S. Î In pomœrîo ano veteris, scilicet Templi apud London, eanali incluenm plumbeo, in arbore tórvasuspenderant. Antient MS. de/undatime eamobii Sancii Jaeoòi de Watdetta, fbL 43, a. cap, ix. no. SI, in the Library of the Royal Society. Y

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