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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
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the batiqneting-room. " It was so crowded," says he, " with fair ladies glittering with their rich cloaths and richer jewels, and with lords and gentlemen of great quality, that there was scarce room for the king and queen to enter in." The young queen danced with the masquers herself, and judged them " as good dancers as over she saw !" The great ladies of the court, too, were " very free and easy and civil in dancing with all the masquers as they were taken out by them." Queen Henrietta was so delighted with the masque, " the dances, speeches, musick, and siugiug," that she desired to see the whole thing acted oner again ! whereupon the lord mayor invited their majesties and all the Inns of Court men into the city, and entertained them with great state and magnificence at Merchant Taylor's Hall.* Many of the Templars who were the foremost in these festive scenes afterwards took up arms against their sovereign. White lock himself commanded a body of boree, and fought several san guinary engagements with the royalist forces. The year after the restoration, Sir Heneage Finch, afterwards earl of Nottingham, kept his readers' feast in the great hall of the Inner Temple with extraordinary splendour. The enter tainments lasted from the 4th to the 17th of August. At the first day's dinner were several of the nobility of the kingdom and privy councillors, with divers others of his friends ; at the second were the lord mayor, aldermen, and principal citizens of London ; to the third, which was two days after the former, came the whole college of physicians, M'ho all appeared in their caps and gowns; at the fourth were all the judges, advo cates, and doctors of the civil law, and all the society of Doctors' Commons ; at the fifth were entertained the archbishops, bishops, * U'hilelock'x Memoriali, p. 18—22, Ed. J7S2.


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