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The Temple and the Lodge [Hardcover]

Michael Baigent , Richard Leigh
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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6 April 1989
In this historical detective story the authors trace the evolution of Freemasonry, beginning with the flight after 1309 of the Knights Templar from Europe to the protection of the excommunicate Scottish king Robert the Bruce. In Scotland the Templar heritage was to take root and to be perpetuated by a network of noble families. The authors show how that heritage and the Freemasonry that arose from it, became inseparable from the Stuart cause. They chart the birth of Freemasonry through the survival of Templar traditions, through currents of European thought, through the mystery surrounding the Rosslyn Chapel and through an elite cadre of aristocrats attached to the French king. Pursuing Freemasonry through the 17th and 18th centuries, they reveal its contribution to the fostering of tolerance, progressive values and cohesion in English society and also show how Freemasonry was important in the formation of the United States of America, which they see as an embodiement of the ideal "Masonic Republic". The authors have also written "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail".

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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; 1st ed edition (6 April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224024728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224024723
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A worthy conclusion to their investigations into secret societies ancient and modern'" (Sunday Times)

"'Meticulously researched and annotated and well worth reading'" (Oxford Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The internationally bestselling historical book from the authors of bestselling religious thriller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. A fascinating insight into the history of freemasonry and how it has shaped the course of history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Unbiased Look into Freemasonry 1 Jun 2001
This is the first book written by a non Freemason that examines historical routes of freemasonry without politcal or biased opinions. It is factual and well researched examining the Templars arrival in Scotland and Ireland and possible reasons through to modern day America via the civil war and the Anglo French conflicts to other theatres of war. Well worth buying and reading a good inclusionin any Masonic library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked From the Start! 25 Sep 2006
As a Scotsman who has been brought up in a family with Masonic connections, I wished to read this book as a means to develop more of an understanding of the Craft. I was not disapponted - as my review title suggests, the introduction had me hooked - the author's travels to the rugged Argyll area and his discoveries there had me slavering for more (and had me visiting the very area only a few days later). This was the personal hook that reeled me in for the remainder of this fascinating story.

As with "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", it appears that certain "convenient" connections are made, making the reader more than a little bit sceptical at the truth of the story. However, I would be willing to wager that a substantial proportion of the research is close to the mark.

From the Temple of Solomon through to WW2, you can make your own mind up as to how influential the hermetic societies are upon reading this book.

For anyone interested in the roots of the Masonic Craft, I would recommend this highly, as I am quite sure the Grand Lodge of Scotland has done also.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Informative 20 Oct 2001
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This is the first book that I have read on the subject of Freemasonary and its history. I did enjoy the book and I did find it informative. However, it did get somewhat tedious in places. I felt that the book lacked in terms of balance, in some sections names and references are just reeled of, with nothing to interest the reader or captivate the imagination!
All in all not a bad book, I did come away learning something on the subject. To sum up informative, but, a little tedious in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mason to Even the score 17 Aug 2003
This book is far more accurate than it is inaccurate. It looks hard to find the truth of the history of Freemasonry, and I think the tentative conclusion that can be drawn from reading it is that the Craft does more good than harm in the World, but at times Masons have been badly divided among themselves and very heavily politically motivated.
Essentially the authors argue that Modern Freemasonry was held in trust by the Sinclair family in Scotland for generations. That Scotland became the home of Freemasonry because the Scotland of Celtic orientated Robert the Bruce was a safe haven for Templars at the time of the dissolution of the Order. They further argue that Freemasonry played a major role in the development of a World Wide Civil rights movement and was a major force in the shaping of the political structure of the Modern USA. It is not a bad thesis, with easily as much in it to make Mason's proud than ashamed.
I am writing this article to give the book a good rating because I amm somewhat ashamed of fellow Mason's bad-mouthing the efforts of people to elucidate Masonic History while English Grand Lodge insists Freemasonry started in 1717, if not 1770. This stance, and Masonic reviewers at this site, are making the Craft a laughing stock.
Baigent and Leigh should be praised for their efforts, and if Craft members think what they have done is not good enough then they should do better themselves - and if you do - be honest!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What really happened to the Grail? 27 Dec 2013
The Grail is buried in a cave under Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
"The Dark Men od Biddulph Moor", tells the true story.
The Dark Men Of Biddulph Moor (illustrated)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love the Scottish specifics 8 Dec 2013
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You'll need this book if you want to understand how [some] of it comes together, fantastic, I love the Scottish specifics’ …………. 10/10
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Book 6 Nov 2013
This book is typical of Baigent's work; badly referenced, badly written and not very factual. There is no evidence what so ever for the medieval Knight Templar order surviving to establish Freemasonry, and the book is speculative at best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I should have read this years ago; no-nonsense exposition of known history, skilfully separating fact from myth. Sad indeed that Bro Baigent is no longer with us.
Published 11 months ago by Anthony D. Rickard
3.0 out of 5 stars The Temple and the Lodge
This book is very informative and of great use to thos studying The Knights Templar, but as a entertaining read I found it a bit heavy going.
Published 16 months ago by Robert Pickard
4.0 out of 5 stars The Temple and the Lodge
This was as stated a good clean hard book copy, I am very happy with this purchase
Published on 13 Mar 2010 by Clive W. Atterbury
1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Book
This book is really terrible. It is a book entirely based on theory and conjecture dressed up as history. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by magic mistress
2.0 out of 5 stars speculation, not history
This book is at times an entertaining read, but it is nothing more than historical speculation with no real evidence to back it up. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by DayTripper
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time, money and paper
If you are looking for a book which is full of unproved speculative theorys and historical conspiracy then this is really the book for you. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2008 by Mr. TJ Huxtable
1.0 out of 5 stars history is the past, the present is now
this is an exercise in history to justify present day prejudices. there is nothing here to suggest that masons have any decency and are secretive men who look after their own. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2002
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