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The Primitive Rule of the Templars
by Daniel Beresniak, Laziz Hamani
|Beautifully illustrated, this book is
extremely well done. I would recommend this book to anyone belonging to or
interested in the Masonic fraternity. It becomes more interesting in that it
is a translation of work originally written by a French Mason and therefore portions are
unfamiliar to those of us familiar with Freemasonry in the U.S. Again the illustrations
are splendid and would be worthy without the text. The thoughtful description
of the Fraternity only adds to the value of this most intersting explanation of Masonic
allegory and symbology.
Origins of Freemasonry:
Scotland's Century, 1590-1710
by David Stevenson
|The origins of freemasonry are traced to
Scotland in this account of the creation of an international movement through a blending
of medieval mythology and late Renaissance intellectual influences.
A reader from Silvana, Washington , September 27, 1998
Excellent factual history !!! This book is the real deal.
Stevenson looks for and reports his work regarding the history of Fremasonry. Very
scholarly and very interesting. I would like to spend time with this author as
this book is very thought provoking. I agree with Stevenson, his work has made
me appriciate Masonry all the more. Well done.
Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry:
Their Rites, Literature, and History
by Arthur Edward Waite
|Looks at the history, literature, and myths
surrounding Freemasonry, providing comprehensive explanations of their secret rituals and
symbolism and discussions of alchemy, astrology, Kabalism, ceremonial magic, and more.
Waite provides a complete view of the history, literature, and myths surrounding
Freemasonry. Comprehensive explanations are included of their secret rituals
and symbolism, such as alchemy, astrology, Kabbalism, ceremonial magic, and animal
A reader from Milwaukee, WI , June 11, 1999
A overly verbose and complex book which is hard to penetrate
The author uses extremely verbose and archaic language in presenting the material which
makes in almost impossible to penetrate. The alphabetic arrangement of the
material (since it is an encyclopedia) naturally makes it difficult to present the
information in a digestible order, but even given this constraint one would expect
something a little less dense. I would not recommend the work to anybody.
A reader from United States , May 30, 1999
This book is generally unreadable. This book is very difficult to read and
understand. It would seem the author is more interested in forming complex
word groups using obscure and outdated words than in having the readers understand the
History of Freemasonry:
The Legendary Origins
by Albert Gallatin Mackey
|An in-depth study of one of the world's
most controversial and secretive organizations traces the history of Freemasonry, from its
founding in ancient biblical times to the present; profiles some of its leading members;
and discusses its rituals and tenets.
A reader from Pennsylvania, USA , June 1, 1999
It Wasn't Supposed To Answer The Question... To those who were disappointed at
not receiving the answer to the unanswerable: We have not succeeded in answering all your
problems. The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new
questions. In some ways, we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe
that we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.
A reader from Pennsylvania , January 1, 1999
Mackey still has a place among Masonic scholars.
Note that I have always seen the spelling of the author's name in all lower case i.e.
Brother John Nagy from PA , December 9, 1998
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This book was a truly enchanting read. I
thought that Brother Mackey's dissection of what is legend and what is fact was
remarkable. You can tell by reading this book that a tremendous amount of
research went into his works. Bro. Mackey takes the various manuscripts and
theories that were written since the conception of the Craft and ingeniously and
deliberately uncovers there true meanings. A true work of art for the Masonic
A reader from USA , December 4, 1998
Not a history but a compilation of legends
It is true that this book delves into every single known legend concerning the origin of
Freemasonry and concludes that each and every one is unprovable. It is also
true that the author's style of writing is victorian and dated. The binding is
also eye catching and makes the book look bizarre.
But, this book does have a useful value to those interested in Freemasonry.
While it does say that no evidence can be found to support any of the legends of the
origins of "The Craft", it does manage to list all the known legends and recount
them in detail. Consequently, the book is useful as a compilation of legends,
which were created by individuals at different places and times to suit different
"The History of Freemasonry" is a misnomer. It should be entitiled,
"Legends of the Origins of Freemasonry."
As a compilation of all known legends, it is a reasonable reference. But, it
certainly has nothing to do with the true origins of Freemasonry now accepted by scholars.
A reader from Yale University , September 25, 1998
An odd insider's history
For anyone interested in how the Masons view themselves, this book is a valuable resource.
It is most certainly not a factual history, but the myths are just important
to anyone seriously studying Masonic history. At the very least, it adds a
handsome and esotrtic-looking volume to your shelf.
A reader from NEW YORK, USA , May 30, 1998
HOW TO WASTE $20...
This book looks GREAT on the outside -- the covers and the binding are truly
beautiful...Unfortunately, that's just about its strongest point. The title of
this book should be: "What Freemasonry is NOT"; instead of presenting what
Freemasonry is, how it started, and what it actually is, the author devotes 500+ pages and
30+ chapters to presenting 30+ theories of the origin of Freemasonry AND THEN goes on to
explain how EACH of these theories, one by one, is flawed, wrong, or otherwise inaccurate.
I started reading the book with a clear question in mind: "What is
Freemasonry and where did it start?". When I finished the book, I was no
better off than when I started. The book does a wonderful job of confusing,
confounding, clouding, and misinforming, which is really a shame, because I had heard that
Mackey was supposed to be quite an authority on Masonic History. Overall, a
big waste, and written in archaic language, too.
Meaning of Masonry
by W. L. Wilmhurst
|The papers here collected have been written
with a view to promoting the deeper understanding of the meaning of Masonry; to providing
the explanation of it that one constantly hears called for. The meaning of
Masonry, however, is a subject usually left entirely unexpounded and that accordingly
remains largely unrealized by its members save such few as make it their private study.
It seems taken for granted that reception into the Order will automatically be
accompanied by an ability to appreciate forthwith and at its full value all that one there
finds. The contrary is the case, for Masonry is a veiled and cryptic expression of the
difficult science of spiritual life, and the understanding of it calls for special and
informed guidance on the one hand, and on the other a genuine and earnest desire for
knowledge on the part of those seeking to be instructed. Contents: The Position and
Possibilities of the Masonic Order; Deeper Symbolism of Freemasonry; Masonry as a
Philosophy; Further Notes on Craft Symbolism; The Form of the Lodge; Holy Royal Arch of
Jerusalem; Freemasonry in Relation to the Ancient Mysteries.
A reader from Old Hamptonian Lodge , October 3, 1998
Essential for Freemasons with a mystical view of the Craft. Written in the 1920's,
the writer interprets Masonic ritual and mythology in a deeply mystical light, positing
the Craft as a spiritual system. Its style can appear dated and overly tinged
with the theosophical influences of its era, but it rewards in the end. For
those masons who prefer not to see the Craft in such a way, this book can be startling,
but for those who are truly "speculative" it provides a sane and informed
perspective. If you view Masonry simply as an ethical dining club, this is not
for you! Otherwise, an important classic of its type.
in the 21st Century
by Don Bradley, Linda Darger
|In its third printing and second edition,
this is now considered the definitive book on the subject of Masonry and winner of two
The author , January 24, 1997
Mystical treatise on ancient and modern Initation schools. An in-depth study of the
practices and rituals necessary to advance through the first three Initiations of
Freemasonry. Not a historical piece, but a clairvoyant blow-by-blow of how the
rituals are structured and their effects upon the inner bodies of the candidate.
About the Author
Don Bradley is the author of several books, has several degrees, and is a former
journalist as well as a student of the mysteries of our world. His fiction and
non-fiction books are in publication in over 14 languages worldwide and he lectures often
on the themes of his books.
The publisher, Native Planet Publishing , January 26, 1997
Now in its 2nd printing, its THE guide for Initiation. So complete and detailed is
this book regarding the rituals and rites of the secret degrees of Freemasonry, that
masonic scholars and leaders from the world over have lauded its publication. We
intend to keep this book in print for years.
A reader from Las Vegas, NV , April 26, 1999
One of the best books ever written upon the subject. This guy has eyes to see.
It shows in the writing.
A reader from San Diego, CA , March 31, 1999
Stunning A Masterwork of the highest caliber. Well written and full of interesting
research into areas few people can delve into with any skill, author Bradley reveals sides
of Masonry that has, until now, yet to be revealed about this most mystic world of secret
societies. A MUST READ
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