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Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry [NOOK Book]

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Its mysterious symbols and rituals had been used in secret for centuries before Freemasonry revealed itself in London in 1717. Once known, Freemasonry spread throughout the world and attracted kings, emperors, and statesmen to take its sacred oaths. But where had this powerful organization come from? Why was Freemasonry attacked with such intense hatred by the Roman Catholic church? Based on years of meticulous research, this detective story answers those questions and more, ...
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Overview

Its mysterious symbols and rituals had been used in secret for centuries before Freemasonry revealed itself in London in 1717. Once known, Freemasonry spread throughout the world and attracted kings, emperors, and statesmen to take its sacred oaths. But where had this powerful organization come from? Why was Freemasonry attacked with such intense hatred by the Roman Catholic church? Based on years of meticulous research, this detective story answers those questions and more, solving the last remaining mysteries of the Masons.

For history buffs, curious Catholics, mystery lovers, and Freemasons everywhere comes the first comprehensive and objective book in more than 100 years on the world's largest fraternal organization.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unlike most of its five million members, including many world leaders, who believe that the Freemasons, the world's largest fraternal organization, evolved from the guilds of medieval stonemasons, historian Robinson persuasively links Freemasonry's origins and goals to the once powerful and wealthy Knights Templar order. Banned and persecuted by a 14th-century papal bull, he claims, the Knights were forced to form an underground society. The author combines scholarly research and entertaining storytelling in tracing Freemasonry as a worldwide political, religious, economic and social body dedicated to self-improvement and charity while governed by secret rituals and symbols (explained here in detail). (Jan.)
Library Journal
Historians are always wary of newcomers who try to reinterpret old events in a new way. Here, Robinson (not a professional historian) takes a fresh look at the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 in England and emerges with something really new. It had been thought that this revolt against feudal landlords and royalty was a spontaneous one led by ad hoc people. Robinson shows, in what seems to be a convincing way, that far from being spontaneous, the revolt was a well-planned and highly organized attempt on the part of remnants of the Knights Templar (disbanded by the Pope 65 years earlier) to get retribution against the Knights Hospitaller. Robinson's hypothesis explains many previously unanswerable facts; for those interested in medieval British history and Freemasonry.-- Gordon Stein, Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence
Midwest Book Review
...Born in Blood pries apart the mysteries of time with a discerning eye. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Born in Blood is fascinating from first page to last and enthusiastically recommended to anyone curious about the hidden history of the Freemasons.
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Based on years of research, this probing book solves the last remaining mysteries of the Masons--their secret words, symbols, and allegories whose true meanings had been lost in antiquity but whose origins can be traced to Norman French, the language spoken by the Knights' Templar. Demonstrates how, more than 600 years later the heritage of the Knights Templar lives on in the largest and most successful secret society in the history of the world: Freemasonry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590771495
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 10/25/1990
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 155,128
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John J. Robinson, now deceased, was a business executive and ex-marine as well as the author of several books including Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Knights Templar and Freemasonry

    This book was recommended to me by a Mason. It was his opinion that it gave a fairly realistic viewpoint of the history of Freemasonry. I bought the book and read it prior to my induction into Masonry.

    The book is historical in nature. It traces the evolution of the Knights Templar through the Crusades and ultimately their demise under King Phillip of France. When the Knights Templar were forced into hiding, many fled mainland Europe for England and Scotland. Herein the author tries to draw a parallel between their disbanding and the underground Freemasonry movement which existed at that time.

    The second half of the book discusses some of the symbolism and rituals that comprise Freemasonry today.

    I personally found the book interesting but quite difficult to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    If you are new to masonary or want to know about it, this is the closest to the reality of masonary's origins,history and activities. Though no one knows for sure, Steve's investigaton in to masonary gives a more realistic view.

    I found the invistigative writing following the language of the words used in masonary very interesting in leading the writer in his surch of meanings. This is a reality check in masonary and clears up alot of misunderstandings about the symbols,teachings and secrets.

    I would recomend this as an intoduction to masonary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Born in Blood was different than I expected, but that is a good thing. The author, John J. Robinson was not a Freemason at the time he wrote this book and he did not originally intend to write concerning a potential connection between the Knights Templar and Freemasonry, originally he was to write strictly about the Knights Templar. As with some of the best experiences of my life and the best works I have come across he literally just let the research lead him to a logical conclusion. Having been released in 1990, some parts are a bit dated, however Robinson¿s work is well written, researched, and presented and will serve as a fun read regardless of your knowledge of the subject matter, and is still relevant. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in world history, Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, or a combination thereof.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    A must read for all Brothers looking to the East

    Wow, It all makes sense now. The initiations, obligations, charges and penalties. I never could fully believe that Stonemason guilds required such secrecy and penalty. A must read to anyone interested in Freemasonry. Recommended to me by several Masters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Great reading

    I was very impressed with the amount of research that went into this book. By looking for one connection to the Peasant revolt, the author accidentally stumbled upon what could be the link that Freemasons have long believed 'off the record' to be their true origins. Were their true ancestors the medieval stone mason guilds of Europe or were they born out of the hiding Teplars after the Friday the 13th purge? The author makes a compelling argument. This book will be enjoyed by Masonic brother, anti-Mason, and conspiracy theorist alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    You can't lay this book down!

    In doing research on some the ancient rites of freemasonry I stumbled across this book. I was sure this research was going to tedious and sometimes boring but instead this book has been almost as exciting as a novel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Amazing historical links to the Masonic order

    An excellent book to provoke thought about the real origins of the Masonic order. Written by a non-Mason who set out to write a History book of the earlier centuries, and learned that the more research he did, the more the Masonic Fraternity was instrumental in the developments of society and governments. Provides historical facts that tie the Masonic Fraternity to the Order of Knights Templar. Explains the similarities of the tenets and beliefs of the two Orders, which give more credence to the historical facts that link the two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    Story Deserves Full Disclosure in Today's World

    Mr. Robinson's opus lays to rest many of the uninformed diatribes against the Knights Templar and their progeny today, Freemasons. The book's evenhanded treatment of the Muslim opponents, especially the story of Saladin should be taught in schools today. Excellent work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Great Book

    A must read for everyone interested in Freemasonry, the Knight Templars, or just history. Mr. Robinson's origins for Freemasonry makes much more sense than the old and tried 'it came from medieval guilds stone masons'. Very unbiased evaluation of two very controversial groups. This book help me in my decision to become a Freemason.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    Best book on the Templars/Freemasonry theories

    Very enjoyable reading, well documented historically even if speculative at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    An INCREDIBLE read!

    John Robinson may have found the origins to modern-day Freemasonry. His theories on the Knights Templar creating the 'building blocks' for the rules and ritual used in Masonry today are well thought out and superbly written. As unbiased a book on the subject as I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    A well written historical romance

    Born in blood was very informative about the values, tradition, and foundations of free- masonry. I wouldn't mind reading it again if I had the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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