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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus


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 Templars in Cyprus
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(*-'. lit.] TUE TEUrXAks I» Cl m». Hi While in hi* heart he inoek* at it himself. Ho dorokTtte* from duty : therefore I Relax my duty also! CiiAn.AiN. l'ruiscd IH Cod ! Then you are with ns? PBIOK. No. Whilst 1 draw breath, I'll not degrade myself by such a compact. Had James do Molny, sooth, slain wife of mine, Murdered my first-born in tlio cradle, ay ! Or oven called mo liar, then fuin would I In ojxm challenge kill him, and I could drink, As a life-giving cordial, greedily His heart's blood to rcjiluco tho wino so long Denied mo; but with you to treat on terms Of fellowship,—never shall Heribcrt Achieve rovengo at such a monstrous price. You havo my knightly word of honour on't, I will keep silence ; but conspire with you I will not, never, nover.—Let common clay Ally itself with clay ; tho eaglo still Aspires to wing its way to loftier ends ! [Exit. ClIAI'I.AIN (ajlrr il ;wi«f, querulously). Well, Brother Noflb ? NorEO (imitating him). Brother Cyprian ? oar creeds: within our secret conclave, we hold these nnrscry Isles in •tension. Flunk not we long remained blind to Ibe idiotical folly of our founders, who forswore every delight of life for the pleasure of dying asartyra by hunger, by thirst, and by pestilence, anil by the swords of savage*, while they vainly strovo tu defend a barren desert, valuable only in the eyes of superstition. Our Order soon adopted bolder and wiiler views, and foui»! out a better indemnification for our sacrifice*. Our immense possession* in every kingdom of Kurope, our high military fame, which brings within our circle the flower of chivalry from every Christian clime—these are dedicated to ends of which our pions founders little dreamed, and which are equally concealed from such weak spirits as embrace our Order on tbe ancient principles, and whose superstition makes them our pasiiie tool*."—hsutaot, vol. ii., ch. ix.— Trams.

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