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By David Stevenson

This publication is a brand new variation of David Stevenson's vintage account of the origins of Freemasonry, a brotherhood of guys certain jointly by means of mystery projects, rituals and modes of id with beliefs of fraternity, equality, toleration and cause. starting in Britain, Freemasonry swept throughout Europe within the mid-eighteenth century in superb fashion--yet its origins are nonetheless hotly debated at the present time. the existing assumption has been that it emerged in England round 1700, yet David Stevenson demonstrates that the genuine origins of contemporary Freemasonry lie in Scotland round 1600, whilst the procedure of hotels was once created by means of stonemasons with rituals and secrets and techniques mixing medieval mythology with Renaissance and seventeenth-century background. This interesting paintings of historic detection can be crucial examining for an individual attracted to Renaissance and seventeenth-century historical past, for freemasons themselves, and for these readers captivated via the key societies on the center of the bestselling The Da Vinci Code. David Stevenson is Emeritus Professor of Scottish heritage on the college of St. Andrews. His many prior guides comprise The Scottish Revolution, 1637-1644; Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Scotland, 1644-1651; and the 1st Freemasons; Scotland, Early resorts and their individuals. His latest ebook is the the search for Rob Roy (2004). past version Hb (1988) 0-521-35326-2 earlier version Pb (1990) 0-521-39654-9

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King David loved masons well, and gave them charges according to Euclid (having learnt of them in Egypt). David began building the temple in Jerusalem, and this was continued under his son Solomon, who sent for masons from many countries - 80,000 in all worked on the temple. Like his fadier he gave them charges, and the masons who had worked on Solomon's Temple spread the craft to other countries. One of them brought the craft to France, and won the patronage for it of Charles Martel, who became king.

Queen Anne ordered a monument to be set up to the memory of a most admirable and most upright man lest the recollection of his high character, which deserves to be honoured for all time, should fade as his body crumbles into dust. , i, xvii-xxii. See R. S. Mylne, 'The masters of work to the crown of Scotland, with the writs of appointment, from 1529 to 1768', PSAS, xxx (1895-6), 49-68 (Schaw's commission is accidently omitted). , i, xvii; RSS, 1581-4, no. 1676. William Schaw, master of works and general warden 27 A separate panel on the tomb reads Live in Heaven and live for ever, thou best of men.

Nonetheless, a surge of interest, which it can plausibly be suggested derives from a connection being made between parts of the charges and later Renaissance themes (the glorification of mathematics and the architect, and the obsession with the Hermetic quest for the lost wisdom of the ancients), does seem to have taken place after about 1550. But not until a century later, after nearly 20 English copies have been recorded, do Scottish texts begin to survive, and all the early Scottish texts clearly derive from English originals.

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