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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (March 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Laurence Gardner, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, is a historian, lecturer and broadcaster. Distinguished as the Chevalier de St. Germain, he is attached to the European Council of Princes as the Jacobite Historiographer Royal. He is a Knight Templar of St. Anthony and Prior of the Sacred Kindred of St. Columba. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By James F on August 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Having only just come out earlier this year, it may have missed the renewed surge interest in Knights Templar and the Masons... but still a good read for those who want substance in their books..

For those brothers of the craft this book will be a timely reminder of what is established fact about our order and what we assume to know... in a time with Knight & Lomas' over-speculative thrilling tails of Hiram Key and exploring other Masonic Legends... The Shadow of Solomon is written WAY more neater and way more research than Hiram Key (though I thought Hiram Key was a fantastic book indeed and would still reccomend it), Shadow of Solomon is dense with facts, dates, names and places including dozens of colour prints of art relating to the foundation of the craft, and indeed a intriguing history of upper-europe society and politics of the 1700 and 1800s.

For those not into Holy Blood & Holy Grail or Hiram Key type books which seems to be this market, Shadow of Solomon is NO Da Vinci Code, it is well researched non-fiction book, the dense text is probably both it's good point downfall and a reader can get lost and exhausted just in the sheer use of dates and names in the first few chapters relating to the establishment of the Royal Society and other parent societies to what we now know as freemasonry.

I am mid way in the book now and enjoying immensely will add to this hopefully as it comes to a close

enjoy!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By alistair w on April 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you have read any of my other reviews you'll know i've read quite a lot of Mr Gardner's work. This isnt one of his best. It is basically a history of freemasonary and how it came about.

There's nothing mystical about it, lots of facts and figures.. but thats about it. These dont really give much of an insight either! I got the impression that the Masons were just being painted as no-one special save for their skills in practical stuff such as building.

Having read other things about Masons, this is really not very interesting at all. It states there are only 3 degrees, which is the accepted answer rather than the actuality. (Allegedly!) In fact, rather than anything ground-breaking going on it has the feel that the exact opposite is being expressed with the aim to rid the world of any ideas of mysticism and hidden goings on!

I suppose if you want to read about dates and similar, and be told that all the aura surrounding Free Masons is just that... an aura which is of no real substance... then you'll enjoy this. Loking for more... I'd say look elsewhere.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Swinney on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a bit of a challenge to get through. If you're a history buff, an actual Freemason, or a religous scholar, you're set - this thing is loaded full of dates and events which you'll be able to assimilate.

My greatest challenge with this book was coming to the subject cold. The author has a tendency to whip in and out of various historical events, presenting them in a nonchronological order and without much context. There were a number of subjects addressed that could either have been illuminating the author's theory or just adding seasoning; I couldn't tell you which, because I couldn't decipher their impact.

Unfortunately, the book does a very bad job of catering to the novice. There is no general glossary of Freemason positions, which leaves the reader stranded when trying to comprehend all of the information. The book seems to be targeted at people with an existing knowledge base. This isn't a bad thing, but I would have appreciated a definition of the intended audience on the book dust cover or introduction before purchasing it.

As another reviewer mentioned, this is not a Da Vinci Code-type book. It is a rather dry non-fiction history text, not an adventure story.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Mason on October 17, 2005
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Poor scholarship made worse by poor writing.

Everything Laurence Gardner says is presented in more coherent form in other books, and his "Lost Secret" is a huge let down once you get to it. He meanders his way through every crackpot theory about the origins and secrets of Freemasonry, accepting some and supposedly disproving others, all the while taunting us with the idea that he has discovered some lost "secret". (At the end of the book you discover that, apparently, the Freemasons once knew how to transmute gold and other metals into some other element, but lost this knowledge during the Glorious Revolution of 1688! - and to fully understand what he is talking about, you would have to buy one of his other books).

Don't bother with this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BlackJack21 on August 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Let me start off this book review by quoting page 311, paragraph 3:
"The historical Illuminati were never in a position to wield any power over anyone. They influenced the thinking of a great many people, and possibly assisted the mind-set for the French Revolution, but they never once influenced any government except against themselves. The measure of their success can be notionally perceived in hindsight, but at the time they were a failed Order, and were totally non-existent by the late 1780's. As for their attachment to Freemasonry, it too was non-existent; Weishaupt founded the group specifically because he was unimpressed with German Freemasonry. It is impossible to presume that, in the context of all this, the Illuminati managed to contrive a powerful New World Order, and have since been running a conspiratorial global network for the past 200 years. The Illuminati simply do not exist, neither in the top echelons of Freemasonry, nor anywhere else."

And to think Gardner actually had the audacity to make such an equivocal statement, {{{or should I be polite and say "prevaricate."}}}
The bottom line is; Laurence Gardner is an unmitigated liar! The Illuminati really do exist. However, the truth is buried deep under his fraudulence, and if you're intelligent enough to be cognizant of that fact you'll enjoy this book.

"The Shadow of Solomon the Lost Secrets of Freemasonry" is worth the read insofar as exposing who, what, when, where, why, and how the "Old World Order" became "The New World Order" simply because knowledge is cognitional power and that's something the Illuminati has total derision towards.
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