De Britse uitgever Lewis Masonic kondigde een nieuw boek aan van een mij onbekende schrijver: Christopher Earshaw. Dat klinkt interessant. Lewis Masonic schijnt nog een boek van Earshaw te hebben. Ook dat klinkt interessant.
In 1716 four Lodges of Operative Masons met at the Apple Tree Tavern in London and decided to create a “Grand Lodge” to reorganize Freemasonry, which was slowly dying out. After the establishment of the Premier Grand Lodge the next year, 1717, one of the Lodges, the Rummer and Grapes, took a decidedly new direction that resulted in the creation of what would later become known as Speculative Freemasonry, the basis of modern Freemasonry. However, as there is very little documentation from this period, many questions are left unanswered:
•Why three educated and busy men decided to rewrite the ritual of a stonemasons’ guild, when they were neither stonemasons nor manual workers.
•Why the first
three Grand Masters gave eight years of their life to this cause. Not
only that, but why thought it necessary to add a third degree to the
•Why the literati and aristocracy of Europe were
motivated to join these three men, an antiquarian, a Huguenot priest and
a possible alchemist, in a room above a tavern to study the new
•Why there is a “key to the rituals” that Desaguliers referred to in the Constitutions of 1723.
•Why the first three Grand Masters were interested in “making good men better,” when they were not philanthropists.
the first three Grand Masters used steganography to hide secrets in the
rituals, making them a puzzle for Freemasons to discover.
and probably most importantly, why the English nobility (and later
royalty) believed so strongly in what these three men had conceived that
they lent their names to the enterprise by becoming its figurehead,
This book answers these questions, and more!