Recommended Readings - Historical or Masonic Theories
(Concepts not always rated as historically valid or standard Masonic theories.)
Baigerit, Michael & Richard Leigh, The Temple and the Lodge, 1989.
Bromwell, H. P. H., Restorations of Masonic Geometry, Kessinger.
    Book goes into great detail on the supposed geometry of the lodge rooms. For students who are interested in the reasons for some traditions. 559 pages.
Dempsey, Al, What Law There Was, Tor Paperback, 1991.
    A wonderful story that reads like a novel but has base in fact of the "wild west" and start of the Fraternity in Montana. It is recommended for those wanting light reading of a western book.
Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas, The Hiram Key, Element Books, Rockport, Maine., 1996.
    A book that claims that the Hiram story came from Egypt at the time of Joseph and carried down through the ages. It is interesting but likely only a good story. However those interested in - from whence came the Fraternity - will enjoy its theories.
Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas, The Second Messiah.
    It is filled with stories of the Knights Templar and pre-Masonic topics and ideas. Enjoyable reading for those who like to think about the Middle Ages and the fanciful histories of the fraternity.
Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas, Uriel's Machine.
    A third book by the authors of Hiram's Key. This book looks at the pre-history of Europe and the Bible and comes with a theory of both unproved pre-history and pre-Masonic history. It is pure theory and will be enjoyable for those who like to think of pre-history and the possibilities of the Fraternity's history.
Noone, Richard W., 5/5/2000: Ice: The Ultimate Disaster, Three Rivers Press, New York, 1982. Paper.
    Interesting book for those who like to read ideas of pre-history foundations of the possible Masonic philosophy. Reads well and has many Masonic ideas in it if one ignores the theory that the end of the earth, as we know it, should have been May 2000. Book does have many ideas and reads well.
Robinson, John J., Born in Blood, 1989.
    The author builds a hypothesis for Freemasonry to be the continuation of the Knights Templar.
Yates, Frances A., The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, Barnes and Noble, 1972.
    Study of the "Enlightenment" with an idea that Dr. John Dee was the founder of Rosicrucianism and that it returned to England as Freemasonry. An exact history of where the early Fraternity in London originated is not known but Ms Yates makes a good theory of a history of the Fraternity. It also tells her theory of our ritual and philosophy.
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