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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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by drums and fifes, and by sixteen trumpeters, and devised some sport " for passing away the afternoon." Tlie Master of the Game, and the Ranger of the Forest, were apparelled in green velvet and green satin, and had hunting horns about their necks, with which they marched round about. the fire, " blowing three blasts of venery." The most remarkable of all the entertainments was the hunt in the hall, when the huntsman came in with his winding horn, dragging in with him a cat, a fox, a purse-net, and nine or ten couple of hounds ! The cat and the fox were both tied to the end of a staff, and were turned loose into the hall ; they were hunted with the dogs amid the blowing of hunting horns, and were killed under the grate ! ! The quantity of venison consumed on these festive occasions particularly at the readers' feasts, was enormous. In the reign of Queen Mary, it was ordered by the benchers of the Middle Temple, that no reader should spend less than fifteen bucks in the hall, and this number was generally greatly exceeded : " there be few summer readers," we are informed in an old MS. account of the readers' feasts, " who, in half the time that heretofore a reading was wont to continue, spent so little as threescore bucks, besides red deer ; some have spent fourscore, some a hundred * The lawyers in that golden age breakfasted on " brawn and malmsey," and supped on " venison pasties and roasted hens !" Among the viands at dinner were " faire and large bores' heads served upon silver platters, with minstralsye, roasted swans, bustards, herns, bitterns, turkey chicks, curlews, godwits, &c. &c." The following observations concerning the Temple, and a grand entertainment there, in the reign of Queen Mary, will be read with interest. " Arriuing in the faire river of Thames, I landed * Dugd, Qrifc-. Jurid. p. 3 Ni. Herbert Antiq, p. 223 to 2T2.

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