By Michael Johnstone (Author)
‘Most [Freemasons] have been ordinary men who have attempted to live their lives by the practical lessons of morality, duty and service which they have learned in their lodges.’
– HRH the Duke of Kent
Despite a long and noble ancestry stretching back to 1500 BC, Freemasonry has enjoyed mixed fortunes in recent times. Banned in some places while flourishing in others, the brotherhood has been vilified and applauded in equal measure.
The Freemasons offers a detailed yet accessible history one of the most controversial secret societies the world has ever known, presenting Freemasonry in the context of a long and noble ancestry stretching back over 2000 years and through the laudable aims espoused by its founding fathers.
Fully illustrated, The Freemasons examines:
• The roots of Freemasonry and its spread around the world
• The brotherhood’s rites and rituals, its ideals and virtues
• The influence of Freemasonry on modern notions of democracy and the rights of the individual
• The role of Freemasonry in the lives of some of the most famous men in history, including Jonathan Swift, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Winston Churchill
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ & The Shocking Legacy of the Grail
By Henry Lincoln (Author)
Richard Leigh (Author)
Michael Baigent (Author)
Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete?
• Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross?
• Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists?
• Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom?
• Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail?
According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible — they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.
Freemasonry: Quest for Immortality (The Spiritual Freemasonry series)
By by Christopher Earnshaw 33° (Author)
After the Premier Grand Lodge was established in 1717, which later became the Grand Lodge of England, the first three Grand Masters were urged on by a moral imperative to rewrite and expand the existing two degrees of Operative Masons, and then add another, the Third Degree. However, their reasons have, until now, remained obscure, for example:
•How does the Hiramic Tragedy relate to the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and why?
•What important aspects suggest that Sir Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis might have been a template for Freemasonry?
•Were medieval mystery plays, that had been performed by guilds, the origin of Freemasonry’s Third Degree?
•Why did George Washington’s apron have a skull and crossed-bones depicted inside the Square and Compasses?
•What does the Scarlet Pimpernel have to do with the Masonic emblem of the forget-me-not?
•What perfidy were Freemasons addressing, when they rewrote the degrees of Operative Masons to add a Third Degree, that was a cause célèbre at the time and even debated in Parliament?
•Why did Masons despise atheists, though Catholics were welcome in Lodge, whereas in England generally at the time it was the Catholics that were reviled, not atheists.
This book answers these questions and more!
By Philippa Faulks (Author)
Have you ever wondered why men want to be Freemasons?
How do they become one and what is involved?
Everyone has heard at least one thing about the Masons “good or bad” but what is the truth?
Written by the wives of two well-established Freemasons, A Handbook for The Freemason’s Wife aims to give a simple and straight-to-the-point guide to the basics of Freemasonry, steering the reader through initially bemusing concepts toward a clear understanding of the path of moral learning in which the men folk will be involved.
It demystifies the myths and rumors, and in doing so, helps make the reader feel reassured, more knowledgeable, and respectful of a wonderful Craft.
Whether you are the girlfriend, wife, partner, or close relation of a Freemason or Freemason-to-be, you will find within this light-hearted book the answer to almost every question you will initially need to know about Freemasonry.
Freemasonry: An Introduction
By Mark E. Kolko-Rivera Ph.D. (Author)
An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply curious in the wake of recent media coverage.
Entertaining books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a shadowy, mysterious, and possibly sinister organization, and the TV and magazine specials on Freemasonry that inevitably follow often leave us with more questions than answers.
Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, a practicing thirty-second-degree Mason, has created a simple, authoritative, and easy-to-understand introduction to the history, rites, and meaning of Freemasonry. It may be the single most reliable short guide to Masonry, written by a widely recognized psychologist and scholar of esoteric history.
Koltko-Rivera’s trustworthy handbook explores all the basic issues around Masonry, like:
*What is Freemasonry, and what is its history?
*How does one become a Freemason?
*What are some of the most important Masonic symbols?
*What do Masons get from their involvement in Freemasonry? What changes does it make in their inner and outer lives?
*What is it like to participate in the initiatory rituals of Freemasonry?
*What are some of the great historical controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry?
*How is Masonry relevant today?