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Board of Syndics, Library of Freemasonry and FraternalismJoe Wages, The Scottish Rite Research Society
Board of Syndics, Library of Freemasonry and Fraternalism
A Radical In The East - The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft. Chains of Empire: English Public Schools, Masonic Children, Historical Causality, and Imperial Clubdom - by P. J. Rich Purchase through Amazon | Purchase through CreateSpace The British Empire’s and the English public schools’ peculiar system of rituals and rewards had more in common than has been realized. In Chains of Empire, Paul Rich related this to controversies about historical causality, morphic resonance, chaos, and the claims to influence of…Read more Chains of Empire: English Public Schools, Masonic Children, Historical Causality, and Imperial Clubdom Challenges Facing Freemasonry - by John L.L. Cooper III, Preface by Paul J. Rich Purchase through Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Secrecy and ritualism often go together, although for many societies the secrecy is no longer as strong as it once was. However, ritual remains one of their major characteristics, making them distinct from a large number of other…Read more Challenges Facing Freemasonry Elixir of Empire: The English Public Schools, Ritualism, Freemasonry, and Imperialism - by P. J. Rich Purchase through Amazon | Purchase through CreateSpace A companion volume, Chains of Empire: English Public Schools, Masonic Cabalism Historical Causality, and Imperial Clubdom, is the second in P. J. Rich’s trilogy about schooling as a political force. Explored are the ways in which the history of education contributes to political science,…Read more Elixir of Empire: The English Public Schools, Ritualism, Freemasonry, and Imperialism Fiat Lux: Full Score, Parts Included - Composed by by Gregory Thomas Woolford Martin Purchase on Amazon (Fiat Lux: Full Score, Parts Included) | Purchase on CreateSpace Purchase on Amazon (Fiat Lux: Piano & Vocal Score) | Purchase on CreateSpace Gregory Thomas Woolford Martin has composed for small and large ensembles, electronica, choir, film, theater, dance and orchestra. He has received grants from…Read more Fiat Lux: Full Score, Parts Included Freemasonry in All Ages - by Rev. M.F. Carey The tension in Freemasonry over its legendary and real origins and with its Enlightenment ethos in contrast with Christian views is apparent in this work by an Irish Episcopalian priest who came to American in the later part of the nineteenth century and immersed himself in Masonic study. Considering the passage…Read more Freemasonry in All Ages Freemasonry in Canada - Purchase through Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace By Sheppard Osborne Since its appearance in 1915, Freemasonry in Canada has been a starting point for any serious discussion of Canadian lodge history. It was remarkable in its time for covering not only developments in the Canadian provinces but also the course of special Masonic groups such…Read more Freemasonry in Canada Freemasonry in Inverness - by Alexander Ross Purchase on Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Alexander Ross (1834-1925) was educated at Inverness Royal Academy and became an architect like his father. He joined St. John’s Masonic Lodge in 1833 and eventually was its Master. Ross traveled throughout Scotland as public education expanded and was responsible for the plans of over 450…Read more Freemasonry in Inverness Freemasonry’s Research Agenda - by Margaret C. Jacob, Preface by Paul J. Rich Purchase in Print | Purchase on CreateSpace Perhaps it should not be surprising that a secret society remains something of a secret. A telling comment made on several occasions by Pierre Mollier, the librarian of the Grand Orient or premier national body of French Freemasonry, nicely…Read more Freemasonry’s Research Agenda Freemasonry, Heir to the Enlightenment - Modern Freemasonry may have mythical roots in Solomon’s time but is really the heir to the Enlightenment. Ever since the early eighteenth century freemasons have endeavored to convey the values of the Enlightenment in the cultural, political and religious fields, in Europe, the American colonies and the emerging United States. Freemasonry: A French View - by Roger Dachez and Alain Bauer Purchase through Amazon Perhaps one should speak not of Freemasonry but of Freemasonries in the plural. In each country Masonic historiography has developed uniqueness, but it is safe to say that one of the highest levels of scholarship has been in France. This book is a case in point, as…Read more Freemasonry: A French View Hints on Masonic Etiquette - by R. H. Gaynor Purchase on Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Freemasonry not only has myriad complex ceremonies for initiating and advancing candidates, but also preserves a code for every social occasion, including requirements for addressing others during meetings, offering banquet toasts, opening and closing letters, entering and leaving rooms – in short, conduct that…Read more Hints on Masonic Etiquette History of the Knights of Pythias - by Jos. D. Weeks Purchase on Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Although a secret society, the Pythians sought to aid reconciliation after the Civil War and gave rise to other movements, including the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan, Princes of Syracuse, Knights of Omar, and Order of Calanthe. Membership is less than it once was, but…Read more History of the Knights of Pythias Hymns to the Gods & Other Poems - by Gen. Albert Pike Purchase on Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Albert Pike (1809-1891) began writing as a youth, and “Hymns to the Gods” was his first published poem when he was only 23. He subsequently became a contributor to Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine after his book, Prose Sketches and Poems Written in the Western Country,…Read more Hymns to the Gods & Other Poems Ivanhoe Masonic Quartettes - Purchase through Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Selected and arranged by Thomas C. Pollack with a new preface by Sion M. Honea The numerous initiatory degrees which are staged by Masonic organizations are generally plays in which the candidate is a principal actor. 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The truth is that the present Templars, while admittedly going back many years, owe much to the…Read more Manual of Knights Templar Masonic Myths and Legends - The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft. Masonic Poems - by Masonic Service Association US Purchase through Amazon | Purchase through CreateSpace Masonic poems can be maudlin or marvelous, but critics must concede that Rudyard Kipling and Robert Burns cannot be accused of being amateurs. In short, the poetry of Freemasonry is a very mixed bag. It often is on show at table lodges, which…Read more Masonic Poems Masonic Regularity - by Alain Bernheim Purchase through Amazon Alain Bernheim was born in Paris on May 23, 1931. At twelve he was interned in Drancy under Occupied France. After World War II was over, Bernheim studied at the National Music Conservatory of Paris, and became the first French Fulbright scholar sent to the United States, where he…Read more Masonic Regularity Masonry and Protestantism - by Susanna Hopkins Mason Purchase Social history as a corrective to a historiography is often too limited to diplomacy and wars. It began an upward trajectory as early as the 1930s, but it remains constrained by the frustrating cost and availability of materials that even great research libraries lack. This volume is a case in…Read more Masonry and Protestantism New Sources on Women and Freemasonry - Purchase through Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Pierre Mollier There has been a great lack in international scholarship concerned with ritual and secrecy because so much of the good work is being done in languages that the mono-lingual English-speaking world has no idea exist. The strength of the articles in this collection…Read more New Sources on Women and Freemasonry Philippine Masonic Directory ~ 1918 - by Chas. M. Colton Purchase on Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace Originally limited to the Spanish occupiers, Freemasonry attracted leaders of the Philippine independence movement and has played an important role in the history of the islands. The great leader Joseph Rizal was an active member, as were Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Graciano Lopez Jaena, Jose…Read more Philippine Masonic Directory ~ 1918 Plain Thoughts on Secret Societies - by John Lawrence Purchase through Amazon | Purchase through CreateSpace John Lawrence (1824-1899) was a historian of the United Brethren churches and an abolitionist. When he wrote Plain Thoughts there was a clear consensus among his fellow believers that Freemasonry was insidious and diabolical. But in 1889 the United Brethren split into two denominations. Contributing…Read more Plain Thoughts on Secret Societies Ritual and Secrecy Confront Reality - Edited by by Pierre Mollier, Daniel Kerjan, Yves Hilvert-Messeca, and Carter Charles Purchase through Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace This special issue of Ritual, Secrecy and Civil Society, among other things, questions explores the ways in which the secret initiatory societies interface with political and social history. It would be a great mistake to think that…Read more Ritual and Secrecy Confront Reality Royal Arch Masonry in Pennsylvania - by William J. Paterson The Royal Arch is a Masonic degree as well as a rite of several degrees that are close companions of the initial three Masonic degrees. Many Freemasons consider it the logical conclusion of the Masonic initiation. It was conferred in America in the eighteenth century, and continues to be given today.…Read more Royal Arch Masonry in Pennsylvania The Lodge of Washington and His Neighbors - Purchase through Amazon | Purchase from CreateSpace By Charles H. Calahan In 1928, the Masonic lodge that George Washington had presided over as Worshipful Master gathered anecdote about his connections with Alexandria, Virginia, and commissioned photographs of relics and places that provide unusual insights into his career. Not the least of these artifacts is the old clock…Read more The Lodge of Washington and His Neighbors The Spirit Of Masonry - The author, William Hutchinson, F.A.S., passed away on 7th of April, 1814, at the age of 82, after a long career as an attorney, and as an author and devoted Freemason. He penned such works as A History of the County of Durham, A View of Northumberland, A History of Cumberland, and The Spirit of Masonry. He was a Member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries. The Story of the City Companies - by P.H. Ditchfield Purchase on Amazon | Purchase on CreateSpace As this volume shows, the guilds or livery companies of London started as medieval associations of tradesmen: haberdashers, skinners, goldsmiths, and ironmongers. They became charity foundations, trustees of schools and hospitals, custodians of art treasures and historic buildings, and the electorate for the leadership of the…Read more The Story of the City Companies The Symbolic Tradition of Freemasonry - Edited by Pierre Mollier Purchase Print Version | Purchase on CreateSpace This volume, full of significant work on Freemasonry and kindred subjects, is the result of a bold effort to make the best in articles about fraternalism appearing in tonguesother than English available to the English-speaking scholarly world. The productivity and sophistication of researchers in Europe…Read more The Symbolic Tradition of Freemasonry Worlds of Print: The Moral Imagination of an Informed Citizenry, 1734 to 1839 - by John Slifko Purchase Plato, Aristotle, Baron Montesquieu, and Jean Jacques Rousseau argued that you could never have a democracy bigger than the geographic size, intimate oral habits, and embodied rituals of face-to-face communication, and walking distance of a Greek city-state, French town, or small Swiss city. However, in the years surrounding the 1776 American…Read more Worlds of Print: The Moral Imagination of an Informed Citizenry, 1734 to 1839
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