Restoring the Temple of Vision: Cabalistic Freemasonry and Stuart Culture

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This book uncovers the early Jewish, Scottish, and Stuart sources of "ancient" Cabalistic Freemasonry that flourished in Écossais lodges in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Drawing on architectural, technological, political, and religious documents, it provides real-world, historical grounding for the flights of visionary Temple building described in the rituals and symbolism of "high-degree" Masonry. The roots of mystical male bonding, accomplished through progressive initiation, are found in Stuart notions of intellectual and spiritual amicitia.
Despite the expulsion of the Stuart dynasty in 1688 and the establishment of a rival "modern" system of Hanoverian-Whig Masonry in 1717, the influence of "ancient" Scottish-Stuart Masonry on Solomonic architecture, Hermetic masques, and Rosicrucian science was preserved in lodges maintained by Jacobite partisans and exiles in Britain, Europe, and the New World.

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Marsha Keith Schuchard, Ph.D. (1975) in English, University of Texas at Austin, has published extensively on eighteenth-century Cabalistic and "illuminist" Freemasonry and its influence on Swift, Ramsay, Swedenborg, and Blake.

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Table of Contents



1. Visualizing the Temple: From Jewish Architectural Mysticism to Gothic Masonry (965 B.C. to 1314 A.D.)
2. Rebuilding the Temple in the North: From Solomonic Mysticism to Scottish Masonry (1128–1513)
3. Reformation or Deformation? Masonry versus the “Knocking Jacks of the North” (1513–1568)
4. James VI, “Scotland’s Solomon”: The Making of a “Mason King” (1567–1603)
5. “Great Britain’s Solomon”: Rebuilding the Temple in the South (1603–1616)
6. “The Judgement of Solomon”: The Unfinished Temple of Peace and Concord (1616–1625)
7. Rosicrucian Vision and the Mason Word: To Build or Break Bridges Across Religious Divides? (1625–1640)
8. “Our Hieroglyphic King” and Civil War: Eikon Basilike versus Eikonoklastes (1641–1655)
9. “The Theatre of Hieroglyphics”: Masons and Jews Behind the Scenes of the Restoration (1655–1664)
10. “The Pleasant Theatre of Naturall Things”: Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and the Royal Society (1660–1673)
11. From Restoration to Revolution: Masonic Architects of Tolerance or Tyranny? (1664–1685)
12. James VII and II and the Masonic Diaspora: The Ruined Temple and the Flight of Knights (1685–1695)


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