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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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lost, as their chief informed me, full fourteen score ineii-at-arins, and all his horsemen." * The Grand Master of the Temple also lost an eye, nd cut his way through the infidels to the main body of the christian army, accompanied only by two Knights Templars,f There be again mixed in the affray, took the command of a vanguard, and is to be found fighting by the side of the Lord de Joinville at sunset. In his account of the great battle fought on the first Friday in Lent, Joinville thus commemorates the gallant bearing of the Templars :— " The next battalion was under the command of Brother William de Sonnac, Master of the Temple, who had with him tbe small remnant of the brethren of the order who survived the battle of Shrove Tuesday. The Master of the Temple made of the engines which we had taken from the Saracens a sort of rampart in his front, but when the Saracens marched up to the assault, they threw Greek fire upon it, and as the Templars had piled up many planks of fir-wood amongst these engines, they caught fire immediately ; and the Saracens, perceiving that tbe brethren of the Temple were few in number, dashed through the burning timbers, and vigorously attacked them. In the preceding battle of Shrove Tuesday, Brother William, tbe Master of the Temple, lost one of his eyes, and in this battle tbe eaid lord lost his other eye, and was slain. God have mercy on his soul ! And know that immediately behind the place where the battalion of the Templars stood, there was a good acre of ground, so covered with darts, arrows, and missiles, that you could not see the earth " Quant lea Templiers virent-ce, Π se pensèrent que il seroient honniz se il lessoient le Compte d'Artois aler devant evdz ; si ferirent des espérons qui plus plus, et qui miex micx, et chassèrent les Turcs. Hist, de San Lorna par Jehan Sire de JoinvUle, p. 47 t Tee evasit de tata il!» gloriosi milititi nisi duo Templari..—Mali. Par. ad aan. 1250. Chron. JVan*tfeip. 790.

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