"...a work of creative scholarship flavoured by exceptional candour and gusto...makes an important contribution to the movement among historians which is rescuing pre-Union Scotland from its reputation for near-savage backwardness, and showing how deep were the roots of Enlightenment in the country's culture. London Review of Books
This is a classic account of the origins of freemasonry, a brotherhood of men bound together by secret initiatives, secret rituals and secret modes of identification with ideals of fraternity, equality, toleration and reason. This fascinating work of historical detection will be essential reading for anyone interested in Renaissance and seventeenth-century history, and for freemasons themselves.
Very informative. I read this on my kindle and I loved it.Published 6 months ago by Robert Gipson Jr.
Excellently researched and well written, but his strength is also his weakness. He claims to be more independent as he is not a Freemason. But this leads to confusion. Read morePublished 9 months ago by W. Benesch
Indispensable for initial studies, with other study materials. Later a great reference book for your personal library.Published 10 months ago by Martin Pastore
Stevenson does a good job of supporting his theory that Freemasonry originated in Scotland -- not in england as is the most commly accepted view. Definitely worth a reading.Published 16 months ago by J Craig Bell
Good reference book.
Answers a lot of questions one may have.
Well researched with lots of actual recorded information and not too much speculation.
Not a easy read. The next purchaser should be aware that the book reads like a textbook. Must be for the serious student of the subject.Published on January 27, 2013 by Michael Scott
Stevenson had gone beyond all of the myth and fiction about the origins of the world's oldest and largest fraterinty and given us a well-researched history backed by facts and not... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Jay Cole Simser
Unlike so many of the recent speculative and imaginative and downright fictional attempts to create Masonic History, this book is a straightforward, fact-based description of a... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by D. Mosier
This book should be of interest to all Freemasons and/or anyone interested in the origins of the Craft. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Mark Anderson