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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812239016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812239010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic in the field."—American Historical Review



"Highly recommended."—Choice



"When inviting us to go on a journey to the Origins of Freemasonry, Margaret C. Jacob does not take us towards the mysterious deserts of the East or the dark chapels of the Knights Templar. But, once again, she demonstrates that real history is often much more fascinating than the most extravagant fictions."—Roger Dachez, President, Masonic Institute of France

About the Author

Margaret C. Jacob is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of many books, including Strangers Nowhere in the World: The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, as well as The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Selected Texts and Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Distinguished professor of history Margaret C. Jacob presents The Origins Of Freemasonry: Facts & Fictions, an intriguing and scholarly scrutiny of Freemasonry, from its roots in the gathering of impoverished English and Scottish guilds in the 1650s to its evolution into an organization intertwined with fledgling democratic movements. Freemasonry membership gradually came to imply a keen interest in government, with lodges functioning as schools in oratory, social discipline, and other facets of community life; furthermore, women played a noticeably more active role in Freemasonry life than is popularly believed. The Origins Of Freemasonry strives to recreate as accurate a picture of the daily life of Freemasons as possible even as it seeks to debunk misperceptions and explore noble ideas connected to the movement, such as the concept (unfortunately not always honored in full spirit) that an individual's standing should be based on merit rather than birth or wealth. A fascinating and eye-opening examination of a lasting organization's impact on history.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Croteau on February 13, 2014
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Professor Jacobs delivers again with this volume. Despite its relatively short length, the value of the information far exceeds expectations. Great basic information.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herman on November 27, 2012
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Excellent work of an historian notwithstanding the fact that she is probably not initiated in the mysteries of Freemasonry; She points out positively the radical philosophical, social and political elements of the origins who are still alive and kicking to day, and so bitterly neglected by her colleage Jonathan Israel. in his "RADICAL ENLIGHTENMENT" notion she branded and that he borrowed from her.

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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James A. Roberts on February 26, 2006
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Excellent book, well written by a non-Mason. The best part, for me, is Jacob's treatment of women in Masonry. At a time when equality between women and men is getting ever more important and significant, it is very helpful to know that there were, and are, women actively involved in Masonry. If for no other reason, the book is a good read for perspective.
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