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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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tor was found entire, sewed up in a bull's hide, but in a state of putridity, and disgusting in appearance.* It will be observed that the dates of the burial of the above nobleman, as mentioned by Matthew Paris and other authorities, are as follow r—William Marshall the elder, A. D . 1210 ; Lord de Roe, A. D. 1227 ; William Marshall the younger, A. O. 1231 ; all before the consecration of the oblong portion of the church. Gilbert Marshall, on the other hand, was buried A . D . 1241, the year after that ceremony had taken place. Those, therefore, who su ρj lose that the monumental effigies of the Marshall originally stood in the eastern part of the building, are mistaken. Amongst the many distinguished persons interred in the Temple Church is WILLIAM PLANTAOENET, the fifth son of Henry the Third, who died A. D. 1256, under age,f The greatest desire was manifested by all classes of persons to be buried in the cemetery of the Templars. King Henry the Third provided for his own interment in the Temple by a formal instrument couched in the following pious and reverential terms :— " To all faithful Christians to whom these presents shall come, Henry by the grace of God king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count o f Anjou, salvation. Be it known to all of you, that we, being o f sound mind and free judgment, and desiring with pious forethought to extend our regards beyond the passing events of this life, and to * Pancia ante evolutie annia, post mortem omnium guorumfiliurum, videlicet, quando dedicata cet ecclesia Novi Templi,Inventimi est corpus saipedicti comitie quod erat insutum corio taurino, integrum, putridum tamen et prout videri potuit detestanne/*— Matt. Par, p. 6B0. Surely this must be an interpolation by some wag. The last of the Pembrokes died A. n. 1245, whilst, according to Matthew Paris's own showing, the eastern part of the church was consecrated A. li. 1240, p. Λ26. -f Afi/V* Catalogues, p. 14 5. 5peea\ p. 551. Snnafords Genealogies, p. 02, 03, 2nd edition.

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