The Temple and the Lodge

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Arcade Pub., 1991 - History - 306 pages
From the authors of the bestseller, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, comes a new book on the origins of Freemasonry. Its mysterious beginnings in the fourteenth century through currents of thought and political upheavals surrounding it in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Europe are charted. "Compelling...sane and informed...Written with gripping academic-detective style".--TorontoStar. 36 black-and-white photographs.

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

A supposed history of Freemasonry and how it is derived from the Knight's Templar. Robert the Bruce gets a mention, as does Rosslyn Chapel. The authors are experts at weaving together disparate events ... Read full review

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Describes how the Knights Templar, disowned by the Catholic Church, gradually transformed themselves into (non-military) Masonic lodges, and have (they still do!) shaped history, by helping the US become independent, initiating the French Revolution etc. Read full review


Bruce and his Struggle for Power
Military Monks the Knights Templar
Arrests and Torture

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Michael Baigent was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1948. He studied religion and psychology at the University of Canterbury, where he graduated in 1972. Before becoming an author, he was a commercial photographer. His first book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, which was released in the United States as Holy Blood, Holy Grail, was written with Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln and was published in 1982. The book hypothesized that Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and that their descendants were protected by a secretive group called the Priory of Sion. He and co-author Richard Leigh unsuccessfully sued Random House UK for copyright infringement, over similarities between their work and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Baigent's other works included The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, The Jesus Papers, and Racing toward Armageddon. He died of a brain hemorrhage on June 17, 2013 at the age of 65.

Richard Leigh was a novelist and short story writer born in New Jersey to a British father and an American mother. Leigh earned a BA from Tufts University, a master s degree from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He died in 2007.

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