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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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handsome young gentlemen, made the most glorious and splendili ^ho w that ever was beheld in England." These gallant Templars were accompanied by the finest band of picked musicians that London could afford, and were followed by the anlimasque of beggars and cripples, who were mounted on '· the poorest, leanest jades that could be gotten out of the dirt carts." The habits and dresses of these cripples were most inge niously arranged, and as the " gallant Inns of Court men" had their music, so also had the beggars and cripples. It consisted of keys, tariffs, and gridirons, " snapping and yet playing in concert he fore them." After the beggars' antimasque came a band of pipes, whistles, and instruments, sounding notes like those of birds, of all sorts, in excellent harmony ; and these ushered in " the anti masque of birds," which consisted of an owl in an ivy bush, with innumerable other birds in a cluster about the owl, gazing upon her. " These were little boys put into covers of the shape of those birds, rarely fitted, and sitting on small horses with footmen going by them with torches in their hands, and there were some besides to look unto the children, and these were very pleasant to the beholders." Then came a wild, harsh band of northern music, bagpipes, horns, &c , followed by the " antimasque of pro jectors," who were in turn succeeded by a string of chariots drawn by four horses a breast, filled with " gods and goddesses," and preceded by heathen priests. Then followed the chariots of the grand masquers drawn by four horses abreast. The chariots of the Inner and Middle Temple were silver and blue. The horses were covered to their heels with cloth of tissue, and their heads were adorned with huge plumes of blue and white feathers. " The torches and flaming flatnboys borne by the side of each chariot made it seem lightsom as at noonday It was, indeed, a glorious spectacle." Whitelock gives a most animated description of the scene in c c

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