Freemasonry: Its History and Myths Revealed

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Freemasonry is one of the oldest secular brotherhoods in the world. Its past members have included kings, presidents, military leaders, writers and philosophers and today, there are over ten million members around the world.

The origins of Freemasonry have been variously associated with medieval stonemasons, the Knights Templar and even with a supposed secret order known as the Priory of Sion, guardians of the true nature of the Holy Grail. There are theories too, about older ...

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Overview

Freemasonry is one of the oldest secular brotherhoods in the world. Its past members have included kings, presidents, military leaders, writers and philosophers and today, there are over ten million members around the world.

The origins of Freemasonry have been variously associated with medieval stonemasons, the Knights Templar and even with a supposed secret order known as the Priory of Sion, guardians of the true nature of the Holy Grail. There are theories too, about older origins in the ancient mystery cults, or with the construction of the great Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Whatever the truth behind its origins, the history of Freemasonry has been full of drama and mystery. That it played a role in the American War of Independence and in the French Revolution is without doubt: and its influence has been detected in other diverse historical events.

To the outsider its rituals can sometimes appear obscure, pointless and baffling, or even sinister. Yet there is an intensely stratified and hierarchical structure which underpins most Masonic orders, and the utmost secrecy is still demanded of its members even though much of its tradition is now known to outsiders.

In this clearly laid out study, Giles Morgan examines both the realities and the myths behind the organization and distinguishes one from the other, at the same time, providing a concise and highly compelling account one of the world’s most secret society.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435108226
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/20/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Giles Morgan is an academic bookseller with a long-time fascination for esoteric subjects. He contributes regularly to many esoteric magazines in the UK and his published books to date include St George, The Holy Grail and Byzantium. He lives in London, England

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Table of Contents

Introduction     7
What is Freemasonry?     11
The Fellowcraft and the Master Mason     29
The Temple of Solomon     43
Mystery Cults and Secret Societies     57
The Knights Templar     77
The Development of Freemasonry in Europe     93
Freemasonry in America     111
Freemasonry in the Modern Era     133
Bibliography     153
Web pages     155
Index     157
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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    Inside Freemasonry

    An engaging and enlightening narrative on the Free Masons... interesting nonfiction account of the history and levels of Freemasonry without being overwhelmingly factual or focusing on the fictional myths emphasized in other accounts.

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