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A History of the Middle Temple

474 страниц. 2011 год.
The history of the Middle Temple is a long and fascinating one. Templars held the estate of the Temple from the twelfth century until their suppression in the early fourteenth century; thereafter the lawyers came. Its magnificent Tudor Hall was completed in 1574. By Elizabethan times the Inns of Court were known colloquially as the Third University of England and many persons other than lawyers had become members - among them Sir Walter Raleigh, Elias Ashmole, Edward Hyde (Earl of Clarendon), William Congreve, Henry Fielding, Edmund Burke, William Cowper and William Makepeace Thackeray. Another Middle Templar and explorer was Bartholomew Gosnold, discoverer of Cape Cod, who named a nearby island Martha's Vineyard in honour of his six-year old daughter. From those beginnings grew the thirteen American colonies and in due course five Middle Templars signed the American Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776. Moreover, the US Constitution was drafted by a committee chaired by yet...
 
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