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This book is a revealing but thoroughly enjoyable journey through the intricate history of English Freemasonry. Historian Dr. David Harrison reconstructs the hidden history of the movement, tracing its roots through a mixture of mediaeval guild societies, alchemy and necromancy. He examines the earliest known Freemasons and their obsessions with Solomon s Temple, alchemy, and prophecy, to the formation of the Grand Lodge in London, which in turn led to rebellions within the Craft throughout England. Harrison also analyzes the role of French immigrant, Dr Jean Theophilus Desaguliers in the development of English Freemasonry, focusing on his involvement with the formation of the mysterious modern Masonic ritual. All Freemasons and more general readers will find much of interest in this fascinating exploration of the very beginnings of Freemasonry, still one of the most mysterious brotherhoods in the world.
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This book was the culmination of my PhD work at the University of Liverpool, which I submitted in December 2007, and successfully defended in March 2008. A year later, the thesis was published as The Genesis of Freemasonry by Lewis Masonic. It had been suggested by Dr William Ashworth, my supervisor during my PhD research that the thesis would perhaps find a more suitable home with a popular publisher, or a publisher with a Masonic background, and when Lewis Masonic became interested, that suitable home was found. The book was first published in March 2009, and was controversial from the start, attracting both praise and criticism; praise for its boldness and research, criticism for its choice of publisher and style.
Since the first edition, which has long since sold out, the book can be found in many Masonic libraries around the world, and on my travels in the US and in Europe, it has been a pleasure to meet people who have read and enjoyed the book. Demand has led to the consideration of a revised second edition. It has allowed me not only to correct grammatical errors that existed from the original editing, but to extend the bibliography and index, and to add more references which can act as a guide to the reader. I want the work to reflect the original thesis as much as possible, so I have resisted altering too much of the writing and faithfully kept to the essence of the original work. Additional photos and illustrations will also be added.
This book launched my career as a Masonic researcher and author. I hope the work continues to inspire further Masonic research and continues to stir passions, either for or against what I have put forward.
Dr David Harrison has written on the history of Freemasonry for a variety of history magazines and Academic journals. He has worked as a history lecturer for over ten years and researched the complex and hidden history of English Freemasonry for his PhD at the University of Liverpool, which he defended successfully. The PhD was published by Lewis Masonic as The Genesis of Freemasonry. This book was followed by The Transformation of Freemasonry, and a third book which explored the infamous Liverpool Masonic Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge. A fourth book entitled A Quick Guide to Freemasonry will be published in September 2013.
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Book Description Lewis Masonic, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110853183228