The vulgar notion that the Templars were as wicked as they were fearless and brave, has not yet been entirely exploded; but it is hoped that the copious account of the proceedings against the order in this country... will tend to dispel many unfounded prejudices still entertained against the fraternity, and excite emotions of admiration for their constancy and courage, and of pity for their unmerited and cruel fate.
Hard-to-find in print, this history of the elusive sect of military friars and their contributions to the romantic history of the last millennium is a fascinating look at one of the most secret of secret societies. Writing in the mid 19th century, British barrister CHARLES GREENSTREET ADDISON (d. 1866) explores:
. origin of the Templars
. the gallant action and high discipline of the Templars
. the extraordinary privileges of the Templars
. the vast holdings of the Templars in England
. quarrels with the King of England
. Richard the Lionheart's relationship with the order
. the conquest of Jerusalem
. "rack-extorted confessions"
. and much more.