The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 15 мая 2011 г. - Всего страниц: 368
What did Mozart and Bach, Oscar Wilde and Anthony Trollope, George Washington and Frederick the Great, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? They were all Freemasons, a subject of endless fascination. To the layman, they are a mysterious brotherhood of profound if uncertain influence, a secret society purported in some popular histories to have its roots in the fabled order of the Knights Templar, or in the mysteries of the Egyptian pyramids. They evoke fears of world domination by a select few who enjoy privileged access to wealth and the levers of power. The secrecy of their rites suggests the taint of sacrilege, and their hidden loyalties are sometimes accused of undermining the workings of justice and the integrity of nations.
Though not a mason himself, Jasper Ridley nonetheless refutes many of the outrageous allegations made against Freemasonry, while at the same time acknowledging the masons shortcomings: their clannishness, misogyny, obsession with secrecy, and devotion to arcane ritual. In this much-needed reassessment, he offers a substantial work of history that sifts the truth from the myth as it traces Freemasonry from its origins to the present day.
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This was a fascinating book, at least in part because it puts a lens of clarity on a rather interesting topic. The writing is clear and the Ridley spends some energy documenting his statements. The ... Читать весь отзыв
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Book told through historical accounts by J.R. It was pretty boring. Читать весь отзыв
Chapter 2 The Heretics
Chapter 3 The Seventeenth Century
Chapter 4 Grand Lodge
Chapter 5 The Popes Bull
Chapter 6 Germany and France
Wilkes and Liberty
Chapter 8 Troubles and Scandals
Chapter 9 The American Revolution
Notes and References
Chapter 10 The Magic Flute
Chapter 11 The French Revolution
Chapter 12 Loyalist and Revolutionary Freemasons
Chapter 13 Napoleon
Chapter 14 The Restoration
Chapter 15 The Case of William Morgan
Chapter 16 The Lautaro Lodge
Chapter 17 The Nineteenth Century
Chapter 18 The New Assault on Freemasonry
Chapter 19 Freemasonry in the World
Chapter 20 Modern Freemasonry in Britain
Chapter 21 Modern Freemasonry in the United States
Chapter 22 Are the Freemasons a Menace?