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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 360



livee, fortunée, and families of industrious citizens with the sword." ** Besides encounters at the bar Are braver now than those in war, In which the law does execution With leas disorder and confusion ; Han more of honour hit, some hold. Not like the new way, but the old. When those the pen had drawn together Deeided quarrels with the feather. And winged arrows killed as dead, And more than bullets now of lead : So all their combats now, as then, Aro managed chiefly by tho pen ; That does the teat, with braver vigours. In words at length, as well as figures*'1 The settlement of the lawyers in the Temple was brought about in the following manner. On the imprisonment of the Knights Templars, the chief house of the order in London, in common with the other property of the military monks, was seized into the king's hands, and was committed to the care of James le Botiller and William de Basing, who, on the 9th of December, A. D. 1311, were commanded to hand it over to the sheriffs of London, to be taken charge of by them.* Two years afterwards the Temple was granted to that powerful nobleman, Ay mer de Valence, earl of Pembroke, who had been one of the leaders of the baronial conspiracy against Piers Gavaston.f As Thomas earl of Lancaster, however, claimed the Temple by escheat as the immediate lord of the fee, the earl of Pembroke, on the 3rd of Oct., A. D. 1315, at • Joan SarUburienw. Polycrat. lib. vi. cap. 1. t Acta Rymeri, torn. ili. p. 296, 297. Î Cart. vi. E. 2. u. 41. Trivet, coat., p. 4. T. at la More, p. 593.


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