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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
page 395

commended in mine own conceit the pollicie of the gouernour, which seemed to vtter in itselfe the foundation of a good eom niouwealc. For that the best of their people from tender yeares trayned vp in precepts of justice, it could not chose but yeclde forth a profitable people to a wise commonweale. Wherefore I determined with myselfe to make proofe of that I heard by reporte. "The next day I thought for my pastime to walke to this Temple, and entering in at the gates, I found the building nothing costly ; but many coinly gentlemen of face and person, and thereto very courteous, saw 1 passe too and fro. Passing forward, I entered into a church of auncient building, wherein were many monumentes of noble personnages armed in knighteley habite, with their cotes depainted in auncient shieldes, whereat I took pleasure to behold " Anon we beard the noise of drum and fyfc. What raeaneth this drumme? said I. Quod he, this is to warn gentlemen of the household to repaire to the dresser ; wherefore come on with me, and yee shall stand where ye may best see the hall serued ; and so from thence brought me into a long gallerie that stretcheth itselfe alongest the hall, neere the prince's table, where I saw the prince set, a man of tall personage, of mannelye countenance, somewhat browne of visage, strongelie featured, and thereto comelie proportioned. At the neather end of the same table were placed the ambassadors of diuers princes. Before him stood the caruer, seruer, and cup-bearer, with great number of gentlemen wayters attending his person. The lordes steward, treasorer, with diners honorable personages, were placed at a side-table neere adjoyning the prince on the right hand, and at another table on the left side were placed the treasorer of the household, secretarle, the prince's serjeant of law, the four masters of the reaulles, the king of ormes, the deane of the chapell, and diuers

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