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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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32 THE ΚΝίαΚΤβ TEMPLARS. soever shall have received a present, let it not grieve him if il be giveu to mini her. Yea, let him know assuredly, that if he be angry at it, he strivcth against God. " XLVI. We are all of opinion that none of you should dare to follow the sport of catching one bird with another : for it is not agreeable unto religion for you to be addicted unto worldly delights, but rather willingly to bear the precepts of the Lord, constantly to kneel down to prayer, and daily to confess your sins before God with sighs and tears. Let no brother, for the above especial reason, presume to go forth with α man following such diversions with a hawk, or with any other bird. " XLVII. Forasmuch as it becometh all religion to behave decently and humbly without laughter, and to speak sparingly but sensibly, aud not in a loud tone, we specially command and direct every professed brother that be venture not to shoot in the woods either with a long-bow or α cross-bow ; and for the same reason, that he venture not to accompany another who shall do the like, except it be for the purpose of protecting him from the perfidious infidel ; neither shall he dare to halloo, or to talk to α dog, nor shall he spur lus horse with a desire of securing the game. *' LI. Under Divine Providence, as wc do believe, this new kind of religion was introduced by you in the holy places, that is to say, the union of warfare with religion, so that religion, being armed, maketh her way by the sword, and soliteti) the enemy without sin. Therefore we do rightly adjudge, since ye are called KNIGHTS OF THE TEMPI.»:, that for your renowned merit, and especial gift of godliness, ye ought to have lands and men, and possess husbandmen and justly govern thorn, and the cus tomary services ought to be specially rendered unto you. " LII. Above all things, a most watchful care is to be bestowed upon sick brothers, and let their wants be attended to as though Christ himself was the sufferer, bearing in mind the blessed words of the Gospel, / was sick, and ye visited me. These arc indeed carefully and patiently to be fostered, for by such is acquired a heavenly reword. " LUI. We direct the attendants of those who are sick, with every

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