Freemasonry: the lost secrets - book review
and its lost secrets
are now explored in
"Sworn in Secret"
often say their early secrets are lost, and they only have a substitute
therefor. But those secrets may not be as lost as we have been told. A
contribution to recovering them was made by the author of “Born in
Blood” before he passed away in 1996. Since then, seventeen years of
dedicated research by Sanford Holst have yielded many more discoveries and
the results are stunning.
is not only a noted historian, but also Master of the Southern California
Research Lodge. His first major book uncovered the long-lost history of
another mysterious society—the Phoenicians who helped build Solomon’s
Temple. Those discoveries were so surprising and richly documented that he
was even elected a member of the prestigious Royal Historical Society in
the secretive society of Freemasons is explored and revealed in that same
surprising way. Its early leaders, symbols and secret practices are
discovered and brought to life in fascinating detail. And its impact goes
far beyond Masonry. This society was active in events that caused the fall
of kings, the rise of democracy, and the loss of the Vatican’s supreme
position atop the Christian world.
an avalanche that began in the time of Solomon and grew in strength during
the Crusades, the people and events brought together by Freemasonry struck
Europe and the colonies in America with full force, and the world has never
been the same.
well researched and well written, the book presents information rather than
strongly arguing for a point of view. In doing so, Holst builds a persuasive
case. He has collected a great deal of information from numerous sources and
provides a fine overview of events which forever changed the world.”
Scottish Rite Journal
well-written and nicely illustrated book, easy to read, well researched, and
"This is a surprisingly well-written new look into the people and events involved in developing the symbols, rituals and practices of Freemasonry. It does not shy away from controversies involving the Knights Templar, stonemasons and charges against Masonry, treating them in a fair and history-oriented manner. Original documents and records dating back to the 1300s and earlier provide an exceptional level of detail that brings all these things to life. This well-researched book contains new material that may stir lively conversations."
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"We have now reached the most interesting portion of the history of Freemasonry. We are getting away from the regions of legend and tradition, and are passing into the realm of authentic records."
-- Albert G. Mackey
Albert G. Mackey
Goose and Gridiron
Ale-house in London