The Temple and the Lodgeby Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh
Dispelling myths and challenging the traditional evaluations of European and American history, here is an illuminating investigation into the evolution of Freemasonry.
Toronto StarCompelling…sane and informed…Written with gripping academic-detective style.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyGeorge Washington, Ben Franklin and Edmund Randolphall framers of the Constitutionwere active Freemasons, as was John Marshall, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In this riveting and careful study, Baigent and Leigh (co-authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail) suggest that Freemasonic lodges served America's Founding Fathers as a working model for our federal system. Freemasonry's doctrine of universal brotherhood and tolerance, they assert, had a liberalizing influence in England and France, in particular on Voltaire, Hume, Rousseau, Montesquieu as well as their disciples in what was to become the United States. Early, largely conjectural chapters link Freemasonry to remnants of the Knights Templar, a medieval society of European warrior-monks, some of whose members appear to have found refuge in Scotland. This jigsaw's pieces include Grail romances; the Scots Guard, personal bodyguard to the French king; Scottish freedom-fighter Robert Bruce; Rosicrucians; and the British Royal Society.
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