Dan Brown hints at a secret tradition of belief.
This book spells it out for you.
Many people are curious about the existence of secret societies which claim to hold arcane religious or esoteric knowledge and pass it down through the generations via selected adepts.
Classic Masonic writers including William Preston, Robert Gould, JSM Ward, AE Waite and WL Wilmshurst have written about secret traditions connected to the Temple of Sion. Each has different ideas about how mystical knowledge came into Freemasonry. Some say that the Charter of Larmenius reveals an underground line of Knight Templar Grand Masters who survived down to the nineteenth century.
All agree there is a Secret Lodge or House of Adepts who continue to teach "true" knowledge of the ancient mysteries and that the Craft transmits beliefs linked to the Earls of Rosslyn, the Knights Templar, and Lodge Mother Kilwinning.
Masonic expert, Robert Lomas has collected together this thread of belief from old Masonic writers and rewritten it in modern English to make the ideas accessible to modern readers.
Undoubtedly this book will have many admirers and readers amongst those who want to know more about the Freemasons and the history of secret societies, especially after the big hit of the last few years with Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. However, having said that, this book did not grab me - purely from the subject material and nothing else.
Lomas' book was clearly written, detailing the history of Freemasonry from it's earliest beginnings, through to the formation of the lodges that have spread throughout the world today.
Lomas also gives histories of a number of the old Scottish lodges, Knights Templar and details other previous authors on the subject of Freemasonry, many of these volumes will not have been seen or read outside masonic members.
Clearly written by someone who is a Freemason, a lecturer, author and historian, The Secrets of Freemasonry will make a welcome addition to the bookshelves of anyone who wishes to trace the histroy of Freemasons, secret societies or perhaps a number of people who read and enjoyed the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
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