Thomas Dunckerley and English Freemasonry [NOOK Book]

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Thomas Dunckerley is a late eighteenth-century icon of British Freemasonry; his story is a fascinating morality tale of self-invention and self-deception. Climbing to the highest echelons of the order, and long-accepted as something of a hero, the reality of Dunckerley’s life is very different from the version recorded by his nineteenth-century biographers. Sommers reveals Dunckerley’s widely accepted claim to be an illegitimate son of George II to be untrue. But alongside a very real success as a Freemason, his ...
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Thomas Dunckerley and English Freemasonry

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Overview

Thomas Dunckerley is a late eighteenth-century icon of British Freemasonry; his story is a fascinating morality tale of self-invention and self-deception. Climbing to the highest echelons of the order, and long-accepted as something of a hero, the reality of Dunckerley’s life is very different from the version recorded by his nineteenth-century biographers. Sommers reveals Dunckerley’s widely accepted claim to be an illegitimate son of George II to be untrue. But alongside a very real success as a Freemason, his true story includes the Royal Navy, travel, a career in law and the ‘scandalous Worsley affair’. In one of the first books to provide a scholarly study of English Freemasonry, Sommers uses Dunckerley’s case to examine the changeable nature of personal identity in the eighteenth century and the evolving methodology and expectations of biography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781443156
  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 316 KB

Table of Contents

Prologue: In the Aftermath of War


1 The Making of a Myth


2 Those he Left Behind


3 Dunckerley All at Sea


4 Dunckerley Ashore


5 The Trappings of Royalty


6 Making a Mason


7 Provincial Grand Master of England


8 Appendant Orders and Higher Degrees


9 Apotheosis


Epilogue


Addendum


Appendix I


Appendix II
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