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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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bave been easy but for the unfortunate removal of the figures froui their original situations by the immortal Roger Gil&Hgham. Next to the Lord de Ros reposes a stern warrior, with both his arms crossed on his breast. He has α plain wreath around his head, and his shield, which has no armorial bearings, is slung on his left arm. By the side of this figure is a eoaped stone, which formed the lid of an antient sarcophagus. The ridges upon it represent a cross, the top of which terminates in a trefoil, whilst the foot rests on the head of a lamb. From the middle of the shaft of the cross issue two fieurets or leaves. As the lamb was the emblem of the order of the Temple, it is probable that the sarcophagus to which this coaped stone belonged, contained the dead body either of one of the Masters, or of one of the visitors-general of the Templars. Of the figures in the northernmost group of monumental effigies in the Temple Church, only two are cross-legged. The first figure on the. south side of the row. which is straight-legged, holds a drawn sword iu its right hand pointed towards the ground ; the feet are supported by a leopard, and the cushion under the head is adorned with sculptured foliage and flowers. The third figure has the sword suspended on the rijrlit side, and the hands are joined in a devotional attitude upon the breast. The fourth has a spirited appearance. It represents a crosslegged warrior iu the act of drawing a sword, whilst he is at the same time trampling a dragon under his feet, It is emblematical of the religions soldier conquering the enemies of the christian church. The next and last monumental efligy, which likewise has its legs crossed, is similar in dress and appearance to the others ; the right arm reposes on the breast, and the left hand rests on the sword. These two last figures, which correspond in character, costume, and appearance, may perhaps be the monti

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