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      A Short
      Masonic History
      Being an Account of the Growth of Freemasonry,
      and Some of the Earlier Secret Societies
      by
      Frederick Armitage



      Vol. 1

      A Short Masonic History

      Being an Account of the Growth of Freemasonry, and Some of the Earlier Secret Societies

      by Frederick Armitage

      Volume 1

      Excerpt


      Nature to discourse upon than that of the secret societies which were the ancestors of modern Freemasonry, for the early ones are enshrouded in mystery, and their records have to be dug up from various writers and pieced together like a Mosaic, while with later ones there has always been a striving to find an early original amongst their historians, who fre quently gave free rein to their fancies. Suc ceeding authors, awed by the glamour of their topic, have gravely repeated in solemn tones the lighter fancies of their predecessors, and thus the ultimate harvest has been one of mixed grain and corn?owers. From such stories it is the duty of the present-day writer to try to pick out the real from the fanciful, and to tell the tale as it should be told. Whether the author has succeeded or not must be left to his readers to judge, but here he desires to acknowledge the valuable aid he has obtained from the trans actions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, which is now well known as the learned Society of Freemasonry, and whose endeavours, it is hoped, may in course of time throw light on many of the present obscure pages of the history of the Craft, and of other secret societies.

      Book Details


      PIBN10000193
      ISBN978-1-4400-4936-1
      ISBN (Hardcover)978-0-331-86938-5
      LanguageEnglish
      CategoryFreemasonry
      Pages194
      Words43252
      Vocabulary2753

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