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A Questioning Eye On Freemasonry

by John Belton

A collection of fresh in-depth articles exploring the curiosities of Freemasonry in their historical context and that of wider society.

The author John Belton produces works with an evidence based intellectual detachment and ability to entertain the reader rarely found in Masonic writing.

Perfect for the Masonic researcher and busy Mason alike its easy to just dip in-to this work when you have some time spare to make your daily advancement.

There is variety within the covers to enjoy, the story of the English support for Garibaldi, the place of the Royal Arch in Ancient Masonry, the Scottish Brother who invented the Savings Bank concept; or even 1813 Union of Antients & Moderns, and much, much more. 



A Mosaic Palace –
Freemasonry and the Art of Memory

by Martin Faulks

The Warden of the Lodge. . .shall take trial of the art of memory and science thereof of every fellow craft and every apprentice according to their vocation and in case that they have lost any point thereof. . . pay the penalty as follows for their slothfulness.. . Second Schaw Statutes of 1599.

Issued by William Schaw, the royally appointed Master of the Works, the Statutes gave a code of rules governing the activities of operative masons in Scotland. Its often considered the first conception of Freemasonry as exists today.

During the sixteenth century Art of Memory had far greater connotations than it may to the modern reader. It referred to a specific set of memory disciplines and techniques whereby one would create a memory palace.

This could be based on areal or imaginary place which, using intensive imagination, one would build up in the memory to the degree that it could be easily visited and used as a kind of mnemonic storehouse.

By Schaws time, this art of memory existed in many different forms. Not only was it commonly believed to be a very good method of memorising speeches, but also a great form of moral training – a goal common to Freemasonry.

Beyond this,there were some who believed that this mysterious art had far more potential and could even have supernatural effects on the world.

So why did Schaw make it mandatory for Masons to practice the art of memory, and why did they need to be tested in this art?

Was it a reference to Masonic ritual and if so, does this mean the Masonic lodge is a form of memory palace?

If this is indeed the case, then by exploring what school of mnemonics it evolved from it can tell us something of the intentions behind the ritual.

Was Masonry developed as a form of moral training for good Christian builders, or could its rituals have evolved from a more ambitious or mystical purpose?




What Do You Know about Ritual?

by Neville Barker Cryer


This book is developed from a series of lectures that Revd Neville Barker Cryer has been giving at Masonic lodges throughout the country over the years.

There is a demand from lodge members for a straightforward yet learned book that will guide the candidate through the various aspects of Masonic Ritual, including its meaning and origins, during the presentation of the particular ceremonies.

In this book Neville Barker Cryer gives the reader commentaries on the First, Second and Third Degrees as well as Royal Arch, elucidating for the candidate what can often be an obscure ceremony as well as putting it into a practical context.

As always, these are written in the author’s inimitable style which has proved popular and which will encourage, inform and entertain the reader.





by John Wade

This volume contains chapters covering the arrival of Freemasonry in Sheffield during the second half of the eighteenth century and the development of the Craft over the next two centuries, finishing with the situation in 2017 which marks the three hundreth anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717.

The central section of the book contains summary histories of the thirty-eight Craft lodges which meet or have met with the city boundaries of Sheffield.

Four of these lodges have surrendered their warrants during the last ten years, but the remaining thirty-four continue to meet in the two Masonic Halls at Dore in the Province of Derbyshire and Tapton Hall in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.

Dr John Wade is a Past Master of Fellowship Lodge No. 4069 (Yorkshire, West Riding) and the founding Master of Amadeus Lodge No. 9539 (Derbyshire), both meeting in the city of Sheffield.

He is also a Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, the premier lodge of Masonic research, meeting at Great Queen Street in London, and was the Prestonian Lecturer for 2009.

As the Editor of Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (AQC) for the last eight years he is well versed in Masonic research, but intends this history of Sheffield Freemasonry to be suitable for the general reader as well as those more deeply immersed in Masonic studies.  



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