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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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His dead body was brought over to England, and buried in West minster Abbey at the head of Edmund Crouchback, earl of Lancaster. He left uo issue, and the Temple, consequently, once more reverted to the crown.* It was now granted to Hugh le Despenser the younger, the king's favourite, at the very time that the act of parliament (17 Edward II.) was passed, conferring all the lands of the Templars upon the Hospitallers of St. John.f Hugh le Despenser, in common with the other barons, paid no attention to the parliament, and held the Temple till the day of his death, which happened soon after, for on the 24th of September, A . D. 1326, Queen Isabella landed in England with the remains of the Lancastrian faction ; and after driving her own husband, Edward the Second, from the throne, she seized the favourite, and caused him instantly to be condemned to death. On St. Andrew's Eve he was led out to execution ; they put on him his sureoat of arms reversed, a crown of nettles was placed on his head, and on his vestment they wrote six verses of the psalm, beginning, Quid gloriaris in, malitiu.% After which he was hanged on a gallows eighty feet high, and was then beheaded, drawn, and quartered. His head was sent to London, and stuck upon the bridge ; and of the four quarters of hie body, one was sent to York, another to Bristol, another to Carlisle, and the fourth to Dover.§ Thus perished the last private possessor of the Temple at London. The young prince, Edward the Third, now ascended the throne, leaving his parent, the dethroned Edward the Second, to the tender mercies of the gaolers of Berkeley Castle. He seized the • Dngd, Baron., vol. I. p. 777, 778. t Bot. Esotwt. I. E. III. î U. Knyghtm, npurl X j cript, coL 2546. Î. Lei. Itin. vol. vi. ρ 86. Waltiagham, 106. 5 Clans. 4. E. III. m, 9. Actft Ryrnerì, tom. iv. p. 461.

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