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THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS, Enlarged from the Researches of Numerous Authors (1876) by C. G. Addison (Fine Binding)

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THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS, Enlarged from the Researches of Numerous Authors (1876) by C. G. Addison (Fine Binding)

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ADDISON, C. G. (additional material by Robert Macoy)

The Knights Templars. Enlarged from the Researches of Numerous Authors, De Vertot, Michaud, De Vogue, Taaffe, Proctor, Mackey, Scott, Burke, Burnes, Mills, Pike, James, Morris, Boutell, Creigh, Woof, Gourdin, Gardner, and Others in the Departments of Chivalry, Heraldry, and the Crusades, the Whole Affording a Complete History of Masonic Knighthood, from the origin of the Orders to the Present Time, Adapted to the American System by Robert Macoy. 

New York: William T. Anderson, Masonic Publishing Company, [1876]. Revised (enlarged) Edition. Hardcover. Stout octavo. Quarter brown calf over marbled boards. Spine with 6 compartments, brown rules and Templar crosses, plus gilt titles. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. 631 pp. plus publisher's catalog at end of volume. Two color lithographs (facing each other and sharing one tissue guard) plus black and white illustrations and maps (one foldout).

Some rubbing to boards, light edge wear. A very good to near fine copy

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This is Addison's superb history of the Knights Templars, written in the 19th century. Addison details the rise of the Templars to become, essentially, the first multinational corporation. The Templars were entrusted by the Church and States of Europe to be the spearhead of the crusades. In the process they gained immense wealth and influence, although individual Templars took a vow of poverty. Jerusalem was won and lost several times by the crusaders through the 12th and 13th centuries. Addison notably cites eye-witness descriptions from both the Crusaders and their Moslem opponents to give a well-rounded picture. After the crusades, and the loss of the Holy Land, the Templars began a quick decline from which they never recovered. Accused of heresy and bizarre secret rituals, the Templars were subjected to torture and the stake.