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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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excellent prince," one of Saladin's sons, crossed the Jordan at the J«**w «* head of seven thousand Mussulmen. The Grand Master of the A. », U87. Temple immediately despatched messengers to the nearest convents and castles of the order, commanding all such knights as could be spared to mount and come to him with speed. At midnight, ninety knights of the garrison of La Feue or Faba, forty knights from the garrison of Nazareth, with many others from the convent of Caco, were assembled around their chief, and began their march at the head of the serving brothers and the light cavalry of the order. They joined themselves to the Hospitallers, rashly engaged the seven thousand Moslems, and were cut to pieces in a bloody battle fought near the brook Kishon. The Grand Master of the Temple and two knights broke through the dense ranks of the Moslems, and made their escape. Roger de Molines, the Grand Master of the Hospital, was left dead upon the field, together with all the other brothers of the Hospital and of the Temple. Jacqueline de Mailly, the Marshal of the Temple, performed prodigies of valour. He was mounted on a white horse, and clothed in the white habit of his order, with the blood-red cross, the symbol of martyrdom, on his breast ; be became, through his gallant bearing and demeanour, art object of respect and of admiration even to the Moslems. He fought, say the writers of the crusades, like a wild boar, sendiug on that day an amazing number of infidels to hell ! The Mussulmen severed the heads of the slaughtered Templars from their bodies, and attaching them with cords to the points of their lances, they placed them in front of their array, and inarched off in the direction of Tiberias.* The following interesting account is given of the march of • Chron. terrœ Sauctffi apud ..Varie*.*, torn. v. col. 551. Hiat. ILìerasol. ueat. Dei, toni. i. pt. ii, p, 1150, 1. Gtvffrey de Vinimttf.

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