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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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selves under tbe banner of tlie Templars, formed a reserve. Tbe GIRAMI DK Moslem array was broken by the impetuous charge of the.D . lies." 4 soldiers of the cross, who penetrated to the imperial tent, and then abandoned themselves to pillage. The infidels rallied, they were led on by Saladin in person ; and the christian army would have been annihilated but for the Templars. Firm and immovable, they presented, for tbe space of an hour, an unbroken front to the advancing Moslems, and gave time for the discomfited and panic-stricken crusaders to recover from their terror and confusion ; but ere they had been rallied, and had returned to the charge, the Grand Master of the Temple was slain ; be fell pierced with arrows at the head of his knigbts ; the seneschal of the order shared the same fate, and more than half the Templars were numbered with the dead.* To Gerard de Riderfort succeeded the Knight Templar, ^"' ^ Brother WALTER/) - Never did the Same of enthusiasm burn with fiercer or more destructive power than at this famous siege of Acre. Nine pitched battles were fought, with various fortune, in the neighbourhood of Mount Carmel, and during the first year of the siege a hundred thousand Christians are computed to have perished. The tents of the dead, however, were replenished by-new comers from Europe ; the fleets of Saladin succoured the town, the christian ships brought continual aid to the besiegers, and the contest seemed interminable.^ Saladin's exertions in the cause of the prophet were incessant. The Arab authors compare him to a mother wandering with desperation in search of her lost child, to α lioness who has lost its young. " I saw him," says his * RtutuJph Coggeshale, p, 574. Hist. Hierosol. apart Gesta Dei, torn. i. pars 2, p. llfiS. Ìtndulph de IXeeta ut sup, col. 64°. Ylnaanf, cap. X3ÙX. p. 270. + Ducange Gloss, torn. vi. p. 1036. ï à'eojfrey de Unitati/, apud X V script cap. xxxv. p. 427. JIW. Ceggtethaie apud Mortene, torn* v. col. 566, 567. Bahadin, cap. 1. to c.

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