Included in this indispensable book are some of the most significant documents tracing Freemasonry from its early operative roots to the early collections defining the seeds of Speculative Freemasonry. Included are: "Edict of Rothari"; "The Regius Manuscript"; "The Matthew Cooke Manuscript"; "The Torgau Ordinances"; "The Strasburg Manuscript"; "Watson Manuscript"; "The Schaw Statutes"; "St. Clair Charters"; "Harleian Manuscript"; "Sloane Manuscripts"; "Inigo Jones Manuscript"; "Thomas Tew Manuscript"; "Edinburgh Register House Manuscript"; "The Kevan Manuscript"; "Robert's Constitutions"; "Ancient Charges of a Free Mason (1723 & 1738)"; "General Regulations of a Freemason" and "The Graham Manuscript". Also included are the essays: "The Old Charges of Freemasonry" and "Freemasonry And The Comacine Masters" by H.L Haywood. 2013 Revised Edition.
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I'm both pleased and a bit disappointed in this work. I'd looked forward to a 'one stop shop' where I could find all of the primary documents relating to the earliest stirrings of organizations similar to Freemasonry but unfortunately, this doesn't entirely fulfill that need. While it is a good collection of the major documents, several of the minor manuscripts are omitted and in some cases, the text has been 'modernized' without an inclusion of the original. While the latter makes reading much easier, it also precludes quoting actual manuscript text where necessary. A good reference for the mid-level researcher but incomplete for someone wishing to do in-depth study.