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John Robinson's three books on the Freemasons

The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry Born in Blood:
The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry

by John Robinson
For history buffs, curious Catholics, mystery lovers, and Freemasons everywhere comes the first comprehensive and objective book in more than 100 years on the world's largest fraternal organization.

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A reader from united states , May 22, 1999

A reader from Pennsylvania, USA , May 22, 1999
Truly an eye-opening experience from an actual Freemason
As a Mason myself, I found this book to be one of the most interesting investigations of the craft I have ever read.  It's simply fascinating!

A reader from Trinidad,W.I. , May 22, 1999
Highly informative book.
Very well written.  Very well interpreted.  A must read for those interested in Masonry, European history and the Catholic Church.

A reader from Los Angeles, California , May 3, 1999
An informative, well researched documentation.
This book is a must read for any Mason. Once you pick it up; you won't be able to put it down!

Ian Cooper from Kingston, Jamaica , May 2, 1999
Excellent Historical & Revealing Book
My curiosity in Masonry and the history behind it drove me to purchase this book while I was on my honeymoon!   Needless to say, I returned home with much to talk about.    It's a great book and I agree with previous reviews - once you start reading it, you just can't put it down.  So, if you're planning any major event such as a honeymoon, wait until you get back before you buy it!

A reader from San Francisco, CA , March 7, 1999
An ancient mystery: solved by an amateur historian.
Freemasonry is one of those fraternities, like the Oddfellows, that can claim an ancient and noble history.   Having its own legends and traditions back to the Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem, the Masonic Lodges we know actually appeared in 1717 when the first Grand Master was elected in London on St. John Baptist's Day.  An assembly and feast of the Free and Accepted Masons was held at the Goose and Gridiron Alehouse after which the secret society went public.  Many of the lodges were displeased with this unilateral "outing" of their secrecy.

Popular theory ascribes an unlikely evolution from the cathedral building stonemason guilds. The original Masonic secrets would thus be nothing more than building trade secrets and passwords that took the place of a craft card.   Under this theory, the journeyman mason was a master stonecutter who travelled from job-to-job.    But why would nobles, who did join secret Masonic Lodges, seek knowledge from the working members of a trade union?

In the Old Charges, going back to the Regius Manuscript (1390), one can find: "And also that every Mason shall receive and cherish strange Fellows when they come over the country, and set them to work, as the manner is; that is to say, if they have mould stones in place, he shall set him a fortnight at the least on work, and give him his pay; and if he have no stones for him, he shall refresh him with money to the next Lodge."

"Strange Fellows?" "To the next Lodge?"

John J. Robinson, in his book "Born in Blood : The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry" offers convincing evidence, albeit circumstantial, that the strange fellows were French-speaking Knights of the Temple who were fleeing from Clement V to a safe heaven in Scotland under the cover story of being members of a stonecutters guild.  Having been outlawed by the Pope, arrested by the king of France, and tortured by the Dominicans, the Templars had much to loose. There vast holdings were transferred to a rival order, the Knights Hospitaliers (of Malta).  The lodges were secret cells that formed an underground railroad from the dangers of France to the safety of Scotland.

Without spilling the wind from Robinson's sails, it is safe to say that the peasants rebellion, a full generation or two after the last Templar died, is an interesting place to start his writing.  The manors of the Knights Hospitaliers were especially hard hit and the local mayor and aldermen (masons?) were often at the gates of the cities to provide both admittance to the city and guidance to the targeted properties.    Perhaps this was an authentic Masonic conspiracy!

So, are the Masons heir to the Templars?   Robinson thinks so and I think this book is well worth reading.

Manny Ira Blanco, from Moreno Valley, California , March 4, 1999
A Must Read For All People Interested In Freemasonry.
I read "Born In Blood" before I became a Mason and found myself to the point that I couldn't put the book down.   He dispells anti-Masonic Fabrications, and sets straight any misconceptions about the Masonic Fraternity.   In the first half of the book he tells us about the Knights Templars who had a strong influence on Modern Freemasonry.   He then goes on to describe Freemasonry today and the commitment to a better world that you find from the members...   I had already decided to Petition a Lodge to become a member but after reading his book I did so with a deeper knowledge and a better understanding of what Freemasonry is and what it stands for..   A must for all interested in Freemasonry, non-Masons and Masons alike!
The Knights Templar in the Crusades Dungeon Fire and Sword:
The Knights Templar in the Crusades

by John Robinson
The author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry (1989) --which provocatively argued that the Freemasons are a descendant order of the medieval Knights Templar-- now concentrates, in a highly detailed but far less captivating addendum, on the Knights' role in the Crusades.   Robinson's fascination with the military monastic order organized by a band of knights in the aftermath of the First Crusade and originally dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land continues.  Here, he sets out to recount the Knights' role as trained warriors and, eventually, as international bankers during the nearly 200 years from Pope Urban II's call for the First Crusade in 1095 through the last Crusaders' abandonment of the Holy Land in 1291.  Unfortunately, in this version the fascination of the Templar tradition (including the order's secret initiation rites, its rules of chastity and individual poverty, its provision against bathing, and its recruitment from the ranks of murderers, exiles, and excommunicated Catholics) is submerged beneath deadly masses of historic detail concerning the ever-changing political alliances, royal successions, and battle plans that comprised the Christian invasions of the Holy Land.    Isolated incidents featuring such swashbucklers as Richard the Lion-Hearted, Frederick Barbarossa, and the Syrian Assassins sparkle occasionally against the otherwise monotonous accounts of skirmishes against the Muslims, disputes among Christian noblemen, and struggles for the crown of Jerusalem- -but the Knights themselves are often lost in the background of these events, and only regain their undeniable mystique when Pope Clement V disbands the order at the behest of France's avaricious King Philip IV, and the Knights are reduced to a fugitive, underground existence whose traditions may continue in some form to this day.  Lacking the power and focus of Robinson's earlier work, this serves as little more than reference material for die-hard Crusade fans. Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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A reader from USA , April 11, 1999
A unique approach to history.   Although I have always been an avid reader of both fictional and non-fictional works, there has always been an easily discernible difference in the writing approach.   This difference is especially evident in historical works.   Fictional works are usually more apt to place the reader into a "you are there" state of mind.   Reading a non-fictional historical account is most often "drier" reading, and the reader is constantly reminded of the chasm of time that stands between he and the time-frame of the subject.   (sometimes, inadvertently, by such things as footnotes). John J. Robinson's book on the crusades is no such work.   Mr. Robinson made the decision to not include any footnotes.   This lets one enjoy the work without having his eyes torn from one portion of a page and diverted to another.  (Any further scholarly interest can be served by the endnotes and appendix.)   Read the book as a novel, because it is a good read. Knights, champions, treachery, good and evil.  All aspects of the period are covered.   One of the best books I've ever read.

A reader from Poteau, OK , February 1, 1999
One Great Masonic Book.   I have read Born in Blood and Pilgrams Path and both books were very informative to me.    Born in Blood answered a lot of questions and I have been a mason for almost 20 years.

A reader from USA , October 23, 1998
Amazing, well written history that reads like a modern epic
I loved this book.   The language is modern with dabs of off-the-cuff humour to keep the story interesting. I first found it in my school library and I enjoyed it so much I bought it for my collection at home

A reader from Las Vegas, NV , September 29, 1998
Very, very fascinating
Incredible tale of the Crusades.   If you want a little more insight into modern day Middle East conflicts, the Gulf War etc... this will help.  Some of the most important battles in history are described in these pages.  This book helped turn me into a history junkie!!

A reader, August 21, 1998
An excellent starter for anyone interested in the crusades.  What can I say, a brilliant book.  It never drags at any point.  The story of the knights Templars and the crusades are covered very well.  The book takes you along from the first crusade and the birth of the Templars, right up to their demise.  It wipes away many of the myths of the knights.  From the in many ways barbaric mercenary knights.   To the knights Templar, men of faith who shaped the world around them.  For anyone interested in knights, the crusades or the Templars, but don't know where to start.   Then look no further.  Their are other books written in more detail.  But none as gripping or as easy to read as this.

A reader from Scranton PA , July 27, 1998
To the point history, like reading an ancient newspaper.   There is little to no embellishment in this book the writer allowed the events themselves to hold our interest to great effect.

Rick from Canberra, Australia , July 3, 1998
Excellent History!   Well looks like its all been said already, this is a great book, it covers not only the Order of the Knights Templar but the Crusades as well, what more could you ask for?  The narrative is rich with history, people and places and the author conveys the times well.  This is a great story and leaves you wanting to know more about these people and the times in which they lived.  A well presented and easy to read account, buy a copy and enjoy!

A reader from Glendale, AZ , May 25, 1998
A Page Turner!!!   When I started to read this book I could not put it down. I loved it!!  He gracefully brings history to life as if the individuals of the past were alive.  I recommend this book it will open your eyes to the true evil brought about by the crusades, and you will go to feel compassion and pity for the Templars.


Freemasonry and the Religious Right A Pilgrim's Path:
Freemasonry and the Religious Right

by John Robinson
The author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry describes the history and principles of the world's largest secret society, and then takes on those who have condemned it, refuting their fabrications and misstatements.  An eye-opening book for those interested in the mysteries of Freemasonry -- and disturbed by the rise of the Fundamentalist Right.

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A reader from Texas , May 11, 1999
A must read for Masons and all interested in our Fraternity.  Robinson, who at the time of writing this book was not a Mason, does a great job in defending the Craft.    If you are curious about Masonry, I suggest you read this book before any other.  I would also suggest "Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry", by Art deHoyos and S. Brent Morris.

Bob Lankin P.M. from Elkins Park PA , January 4, 1999
This is the best book I've read on Free Masonry.  John Robinson outdid himself, which I didn't think possible after Born in Blood.   His explanation, in clear terms, of the opposition to Masonry on religious grounds is especially insightful.   It is a great book with an especially bad and misleading title.

A reader from Las Vegas, NV , September 29, 1998
Good book, but not great.  The writing style lacked the quality of some of the author's previous works (Born in Blood, Dungeons Fire & Sword).  While his arguments were good, against opponents of Freemasonry, he adds a little too much emotion to those arguments.   I must say that the description of some of the Freemason's (I'm not one) charitable works is very moving.   That fact that Masons don't tout their good works is equally impressive.

A reader from Lexington, Ky , July 29, 1998
Superb.  One of the best books on Masonry ever written.   For Mason's and Non-Mason's alike.   A great primer for those who are interested in joining Masonry.   A must for any Masonic book collector. Written while the author was not a Mason, and filled with Historical facts.   Definitely hard to put down, lively, and entertaining.   This is as close to the truth as your going to get without being a Mason.   The most factual book I have seen in a long while.

A reader from Stockton California , June 24, 1998
A well researched work on masonry and arguments pro and con.   This small treatise condenses a great deal of research.   The author who was not a mason, but open minded, began his research in an up raising in England in the 1300s.    He then found himself researching the possible origins of Masonry.    Finally, in this book he ended up in a modern conflict.   His first book, "Born in Blood" may be a proper introduction for this book because it gives the background for some of his conclusions.    Regardless, this is a well reasoned argument which is even handed and fair to all sides.   I recommend purchasing this book if you are wishing to know more about Masonry and its relationship with Christian religion.   Many religious men will appreciate the wealth of information within the pages of such a small easy to read book.   From the perspective of a conservative Fundamentalist Christian I found it a must read.

A reader from HAYSVILLE,KS , May 17, 1998
Facts for Masons and non-Masons alike.  A most interesting book written by a historian that at the time of writing this book was not yet a Mason.   In it is the educated story of Freemasonry throughout the world while there is a solid defence of the Fraternity against anti-masons.   This defence is not written for that sole purpose, but invariably results in such. "A PILGRIM'S PATH" should be in the library of every Lodge and every prospect should read it

A reader from Philippines , May 15, 1998
Two Thumbs Up!   One of the excellent book I ever read about Freemason, for those anti-mason or non-mason who are interested to know more about Freemason, this is the book for you. This book is the best answer to the enemies of Freemason.

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