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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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On the surrender of the city (October 2, A. D. 1187) the OWUKB OK Moslems rushed to the Temple in thousands. "The Imauns and A-O. lie?! the doctors and expounders of the wicked errors of Mahomet," says Abbot Coggleshale, who was then in Jerusalem suffering from a wound which he had received during the siege, " first aseended to the Temple of the Lord, called by the infidels Beit Allah, (the house of God.) in which, as a place of prayer and religion, they place their great hope of salvation. With horrible bellowings they proclaimed the law of Mahomet, and vociferated, with polluted lips, A LLAH Acbar—ALLAH Acbar, (GOD is vic torious.) They defiled all the places that are contained within the Temple; i. e. the place of the presentation, where the mother and glorious virgin Mary delivered the Son of God into the hands of the just Simeon ; and the place of the confession, looking towards the porch of Solomon, where the Lord judged the woman taken in adultery. They placed guards that no Christian might enter within the seven atria of the Temple ; and as a disgrace to the Christians, with vast clamour, with laughter and mockery, they hurled down the golden cross from the pinnacle of the building, and dragged it with ropes throughout the city, amid the exulting shouts of the infidels and the tears and lamentations of the followers of Christ."* When every Christian had been removed from the precincts of the Temple, Saladin proceeded with vast pomp to say his prayers in the Beit Allah, the holy house of God, or " Temple of the Lord," erected by the Caliph Oniar.f He was preceded by five camels laden with rose-water, which he had procured from • Chron. Terra) Sancta?, Haditljihi Q^gftshnie, iiputl Marlene, turn. v. col. 572, "73 : fkiitibiiu elirisliiuus, emits et veste» rumpeutibtig, pectora ct capita tuutieiitibus, eaj3 the worthy abbot. γ See aate, p. f. κ 2

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