Rediscovered Rituals of English Freemasonry
Have you ever heard of The Architects Degree or The Intimate Secretary, perhaps the English Masters Degree or The Priestly Order of Israel? Would you like to know what Rite of the Prussian Knights involved?
In 1831 a mysterious book was published that was promised to teach "the true secrets and lessons of Freemasonry".
This book was very special in that it contained each of the ceremonies practised in English Freemasonry at the time with each one sealed off only to be cut open as the Mason received this degree!
Now this in-depth work examines that compendium of Masonic rituals revealing the contents of the Manual of Freemasonry and the meaning behind the exotic high degrees displayed one being regularly worked in England during the early nineteenth century.
For the first time, in this work this Masonic manual will be fully discussed, degree by degree, to not only reveal the full Masonic story, but to examine the eclectic sources of these degrees and the writers who influenced his work.
We will see how a rich array of Masonic high grades were used at a time of much development and profound change for English Freemasonry when the idea of the complete Masonic story being revealed via these high grades was, to certain English Freemasons, deeply attractive, especially to those who were found wanting after the union of 1813. As we shall see this work served these needs, revealing a rich fusion of radicalism along with an opulent collection of Masonic rituals that emerged from a variety of sources.
This book offers a very interesting insight into these rituals and many more that you may not be aware of as well as a great degree of background on the well known orders that still function today.
With many illustrations and a very readable style this work is really worth having in your collection.
Hardback, 143 Printed Pages