The extraordinary and reomantic career of the Knights "Templar, their exploits and their misfortunes, render their history a subject of peculiar interest.
Born during the first fervour of the Crusades, they are flattered and aggrandized as long as their great military power and religious fanaticim could be made available for the support of the Eastern church and the retention of the Holy Land, but when the crescent had ultimately triumphed over the corss, and the religio-military, enthusiasm of services they had rendered to the christian faith, and were plundered, persecuted, and condemned to a cruel death, by those who ought in justice to have been their defenders and supporters.
The memory of these holy warriors is embalmed in all our recollections of the wars of the cross; they were bulkarks of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem during the short period of its existance, and were the last band of Eurpoe's host that contended for the possession of Palestine.
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