Masonic Myths and Legends
For my English speaking friends, my latest production from Westphalia Press (Washington). A series of studies on the origins, sources and meanings of the legends used in the rituals of the degrees (Royal Arch, Rose-Croix, Chivalric degrees).
Freemasonry is one of the few organizations whose teaching method is still based on symbols. It presents these symbols by inserting them into legends that are told to its members in initiation ceremonies. But its history itself has also given rise to a whole mythology. Freemasons are the heirs of the builders of cathedrals. They were protected by the Stuart kings in Scotland from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, and the Stuarts were their secret Grand Masters. Freemasonry preserves the teachings of a primitive Judeo-Christian gnosis. In order to better understand these legends and myths and their significance, Pierre Mollier has studied their origins and attempted to find their sources. This book presents some of his research. A better understanding of the origins of the initiatory legends of Freemasonry is undoubtedly one of the best ways to better live one’s Masonic commitment.
Foreword by Paul Rich
I – A 1657– masonic? – Bookplate: operative or speculative… That is the question?
II – A Personal Testimony about Masonry in Britain in the Eighteenth Century
III – An Archaic “Scottish Master” at the Roots of High Degrees
IV – Some News from the “Russian Archives” about the Early History of the High Degrees: the Scottish Order in Berlin from 1742 to 1752
V – The Jewish and Christian Sources of the Legend of the Vault
VI – The Masonic Degree of Rose-Croix and Christianity: The Complex Links between Religion and Freemasonry during the Enlightenment
VII – The 1764 Santo Domingo Manuscript: A Reflection of the French Original of the Francken Manuscript
VIII – Malta, the Knights, and Freemasonry
IX – The Stuarts and Freemasonry: The Final Episode
X – The Masonic Orders of the Holy Sepulchre in Eighteenth-Century France
XI – Election, Representation, and Democracy: Debates Surrounding the Organization of the Grand Orient de France (1773-1789)
XII – Theophilanthropy: A (Masonic) Plan for a Religion without myths and legends