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The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society (original 1999; edition 2002)

by Jasper Ridley (Author)

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"The Freemasons are 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." "In this reassessment, Jasper Ridley offers a substantial work of history that sifts the truth from the myth as it traces Freemasonry from its origins to the present day. Ridley recounts the development of Freemasonry from the guilds of freestone masons, the master builders of the Middle Ages, into societies of "gentleman masons" and "speculative masons" in the seventeenth century, culminating in the formation of the Grand Lodge in London in 1717. Delineating the spread of the brotherhood to Europe, the New World, and the East, he weighs the role Freemasonry is supposed to have played in the American Revolution (some of our Founding Fathers were masons, among them George Washington and Benjamin Franklin) as well as those in France, South America, and later Russia. Ridley puts into proper perspective the contributions of "the Craft" to civilization over the centuries. Not a mason himself, he 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
Title:The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
Authors:Jasper Ridley (Author)
Info:Arcade Publishing (2002), Edition: 1, 357 pages
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Book told through historical accounts by J.R. It was pretty boring. ( )
  trudychar | Mar 20, 2015 |
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 upshot, however, isn't exactly earth-shattering. His contention is actually that the Freemasons are really not anywhere near as interesting as one might have thought from more breathy sources. ( )
1 vote literarytech | May 28, 2013 |
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Knjiga Slobodni zidari je više od popularnog štiva o jednoj od najintrigantnijih tema savremenog društva. Zapravo, to je ozbiljna i sveobuhvatna studija, napisana iz pera uglednog britanskog istoričara i biografa. Ne naginjući ni na jednu stranu, niti preterano ističući sopstveni stav i mišljenje, Džasper Ridli, briljantni pisac – istoriograf, otkriva nam svet slobodnih zidara u najvećoj mogućoj meri, onoliko koliko nam dopuštaju oni koji i dalje kroje svetsku istoriju.
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To the layman, the Freemasons are a mysterious brotherhood. This text follows the development of Freemasonry from the operative working masons of the Middle Ages to the gentlemen masons of the 18th century through to the position of the Freemasons in British society in the 21st century. The book also examines various aspects of the Freemasons through history including: the part played by Freemasons in the American Revolution of 1776; the significance of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute"; and the responsibility of the Freemasons for the French Revolution.
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