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Genesis of Freemasonry

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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, ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Lewis Masonic (first published March 5th 2009)
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Roger Mcbride
May 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Genesis of Freemasonry is a fantastic book, well worth a read, especially if your into the history of Freemasonry - or just into history. It concentrates on how the society was formed, its influences (magic, necromancy and early science), it looks at how Freemasonry was influenced by architecture, especially Solomon's Temple, and looks at some famous historical Freemasons such as Sir Christopher Wren and Alexander Pope. It also explains the history of the secret Masonic ritual. I would highl ...more
Helena Esteves
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though not a Freemason, I've been having some intelectual curiosity about the craft, due to key historical cities of my home country (Sintra and Tomar, Portugal) and their relationship with what many people call as "hidden knowledge". 'Genesis of Freemasonry' is a great book to start, as it sheds light on its roots (Solomon temple, science and the search for lost knowledge). This is why I think this is also the perfect book to read after Umberto Eco's 'Name of the Rose', where we take a look at ...more
Dominik
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I liked the book since it enters the arena of the dispute about the genesis of Freemasonry with an uncompromisingly cold-headed, down-to-earth & objective point of view. The material written inside deals with empirical facts, and facts only. It does not represent some ideological viewpoint, which can be seen among various masonic historians. I also like his logical approach towards some unknown parts of the history of Freemasonry e. g. Newton never being recorded as a Mason, yet he studied t ...more
Revjps
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dr. David Harrison’s book, The Genesis of Freemasonry, is a seminal work on English Freemasonry. It is well researched, well written and very much readable for the layman. The books traces English Freemasonry from as far back as Dr. Harrison could trace. Unlike other Masonic histories, he doesn’t attempt to pass of myth as history, rather he stays with facts that can be verified. This adds much to the credibility of this work. Dr. Harrison weaves a mixture of Masonic and English history, demonst ...more
Debi
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in the true origins of this fascinating society!
An excellent book that is well written and thoroughly researched .....an absolute credit to the work and dedication of David Harrison.

A must for anyone who has an interest in history and the true beginnings of this fascinating society....definately my book of 2009!
Nena Lamas
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is life changing if you are a Freemasonry enthusiast. It has lots of sources and references to continue on reading, yet it is down to earth and quite shocking at times! I definitely recommend it! It was the author's doctoral thesis so it passed academic reviews.
Magic Reviewer
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Dr David Harrison, and was the culmination of his PhD work which he gained from the University of Liverpool in 2008. The work is an excellent analysis of the origins and development of English Freemasonry, looking at all the philosophies that were popular during the seventeenth century, such as alchemy, natural philosophy, the Cambridge Platonists, the cult of architecture, all of which filtered into Freemasonry, influencing it and forging it into a modern society.
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