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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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Ono n» souls of the religious brethren, if they were to be mixed up with ». ο. ιΐ7ΐ. B crowd of secular persons, and be brought into the company of women on the occasion of their going to church. But as to the tithes, which, by the advice and with the consent of the bishops, ye may be able by your zeal to draw ont of tho hands of the clergy or laity, and those which with the consent of the bishops ye may acquire from their own clergy, we confirm to you by our apostolical authority." The above bull further provides, in various ways, for the temporal and spiritual, advantage of the Templars, and expressly extends the favours and indulgences, and the apostolical blessings, to all the serving brethren, as well as to the knights. It also confers upon the fraternity the important privilege of causing the churches of towns and villages lying under sentence of interdict to be opened once a year, and divine service to be celebrated within them.* A bull exactly similar to the above appears to have been issued by Pope Alexander, on the seventh id. Jan. A . D. 1102, addressed to the Master Bertrand de Blanquefort.+ Both the above instruments are to a great extent merely confirmatory of the privileges previously conceded to the Templars. The exercise or the abuse of these powers and immunities speedily brought the Templars into collision with the ecclesiastics. At the general council of the church, held at Rome, (A. D. 1179,) called the third of Lateran, a grave reprimand was addressed to them by the holy Fathers. " W e find," say they, " by the frequent complaints of the bishops our colleagues, that the Templars and Hospitallers abuse the privileges granted them by the Holy See; that the chaplains and priests of their rule have caused parochial churches to be conveyed over to themselves without the ordinaries' * Atta RVTUCTÌ, tnra. i. ni BOD. 117*2, p. 30. 3], 32. f iVilske, Geachichtc ilea Tcmpelherreiiaruenft, \ol, ii, p. 230.

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