The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley | 9781559706544 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society

The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society

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by Jasper Ridley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559706546

ISBN-13: 9781559706544

Pub. Date: 12/09/2002

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

For many centuries, since their founding as a guild comprising the master builders of the great castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages, the freemasons have enjoyed a dual reputation: powerful—often munificent—rulers, politicians, and artists whose works have enhanced our world; and members of a dread secret society bent on evil. Here, the eminent

Overview

For many centuries, since their founding as a guild comprising the master builders of the great castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages, the freemasons have enjoyed a dual reputation: powerful—often munificent—rulers, politicians, and artists whose works have enhanced our world; and members of a dread secret society bent on evil. Here, the eminent historian Jasper Ridley offers a thoughtful, rounded assessment of freemasonry throughout the ages, from its origins up to the present day. Not a mason himself, Ridley nonetheless refutes many of the outrageous allegations made against the order and puts into proper perspective its many contributions to civilization over the centuries.

Author Biography: Jasper Ridley's many works include Napoleon III and Eugenie, Garibaldi, and Mussolini. He lives and works in London.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559706544
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
12/09/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Introductionxi
1 The Masons1
2 The Heretics9
3 The Seventeenth Century17
4 Grand Lodge29
5 The Pope's Bull47
6 Germany and France59
7 English Grand Lodge: `Wilkes and Liberty!'68
8 Troubles and Scandals80
9 The American Revolution90
10 The Magic Flute110
11 The French Revolution122
12 Loyalist and Revolutionary Freemasons138
13 Napoleon151
14 The Restoration162
15 The Case of William Morgan176
16 The Lautaro Lodge191
17 The Nineteenth Century205
18 The New Assault on Freemasonry222
19 Freemasonry in the World236
20 Modern Freemasonry in Britain257
21 ModernFreemasonry in the United States264
22 Are the Freemasons a Menace?279
Notes and References297
Bibliography318
Index333

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