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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 359

appeared to have formed the extreme northern boundary of the old convent. The site of the remaining buildings of the antient Temple cannot now be determined with certainty. The mansion-house, (Mansion JYovi Templi,) the residence of the Master and knights, who were lodged separately from the serving brethren and ate at a separate table, appeal's to have stood at the east end of the hall, on the site of the present library and apartments of the masters of the bench. The proud and powerful. Knights Templars were succeeded in the occupation of the TEMPL E by a body of learned lawyers, who took possession of the old hall and the gloomy cells of the military monks, and converted the chief house of their order into the great and most antient Common Law University of England. For more than five centuries the retreats of the religious warriors have been devoted to " the studious and eloquent pleaders of causes," a new kind of Templars, who, as Fuller quaintly observes, now " defend one Christian from another as the old ones did Christians from Pagans." The modern Templars have been termed milites justifia, or " soldiers of justice," for, as John of Salisbury, a writer of the twelfth century, saith, " neque reipublicas militant soli illi, qui galeis thoracisque muniti in hostes exercent tela quœlibet, sed et patroni causarum, qui lapsa erigunt, fatigata reparant, nec minus provident humano generi, quam si laborantium vitain, spem, posterosque, artnorum presidio, ab hostibus tuerentur." " They do not alone fight for the state who, panoplied in helmets and breastplates, wield the sword and the dart against the enemy, for the pleaders of causes, who redress wrongs, who raise up the oppressed, do protect and provide for the human race as much as if they were to defend the

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