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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
page 373

From the time of Chaucer to the present day, the lawyers have dined together in the antient hall, as the military monks did hefore them ; and the rule of their order requiring " two and two to eat together," and " all the fragments to be given in brotherly charity to the domestics," is observed to this day, and has been in force from time immemorial. The attendants at table, moreover, are still called paniers, as in the days of the Knights Templars.* The leading punishments of the Temple, too, remain the same as in the olden time. The antient Templar, for example, for a light fault, was " withdrawn from the companionship of his fellows," and not allowed " to eat with them at the same table," f and the modern Templar, for impropriety of conduct, is " expelled the hall" and " put out of commons." The brethren of the antient fraternity were, for grave offences, in addition to the above punishment, deprived of their lodgings,*, and were compelled to sleep with the beasts in the open court ; and the members of the modern fellowship have in bygone times, as a mode of punishment, been temporarily deprived of their chambers in the Temple for misconduct, and padlocks have been put upon the doors. The Master and Chapter of the Temple, in the time of the Knights Templars, exercised the power of imprisonment and expulsion from the fellowship, and the same punishments have been freely used down to a recent period by the Masters of the Bench of the modern societies. Until of late years, too, the modern Templars have had their • Thomas of Wothrope, at the trial of the Templare in England, was unable to give an account of the reception of som e brethren into the order, quia erat panriarius ct vacabat circa suurn officium. ChnciL Mag. lirit., torn, ii, p. 355. Tunc panetariuB roittat corniti duos pases atque vini Bcxtarium . . . Ita appellatomi offictalem domcsticum, qui mensœ pancm, mappaa ct manutrrgia subministnibat. Ducange, Gloss, verb, panetarius. t lÌeffUÌa 'fetnpìarìomm, cap. Jxrii, ante p, 25. ί Voncii. Mag, Brìi., torn, ii. p. 371 to 373, ante, p. 235.

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