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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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mas. . . . ïliat they denye all ecclesiastical jurisdiction to tlie Master of the Temple, who is appointed by the king's majesty master and warden of the house ad retjeadnm, guberaaiidmn, et qfficiendum donmm et ccclesiam," &c. The doctor goes into a long list of grievances showing the little authority that he possessed in the Temple, that he was not summoned to the deliberations of the houses, and he complains that " they will give him no eonsideracion in the Inner House for his supernumcrarie sermons in the forenoon, nor for his sermons in the afternoon," and that the officers of the Inner Temple are commanded to disrespect the Master of the Temple when he comes to the hall." The short answer to the doctor's complaint is, that the custos of the church never had any of the things which the doctor claimed to be entitled to, and it was not in the power of the crown to give them to him. The antient custos being, as before mentioned, a priest of the order of the Temple, and afterwards of the order of the Hospital, was a perfect slave to his temporal superiors, and could be deprived of his post, be condemned to a diet of bread and water, and be perpetually imprisoned, without appeal to any power, civil or ecclesiastical, unless he could cause his complaints to be brought to the ear of the pope. Dr. Micklethwaite quite misunderstood his position in the Temple, and it was well for him that the masters of the benches no longer exercised the despotic power of the antietit roaster and chapter, or he would certainly have been condemned to the penitential cell in the church, and would not have been the lirst custos placed in that unenviable retreat.* The petition was referred to the lords of the council, and after wards to Noy, the attorney-general, and in the mean time the * ike the examination of Brother Rndulph ile Barton, priest of the order of the Temple, and elLtros of the Temple Church, before the papal inquisitors at London.— Cimeli Mm/. Brìi., toni. ii. p. 333. 337, ante, p. 221, 222.

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