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Description - The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent

In this enthralling historical detective story, the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail trace the flight after 1309 of the Knights Templar from Europe to Scotland, where the Templar heritage was to take root, and would be perpetuated by a network of noble families. That heritage, and the Freemasonry that arose from it, became inseparable from the Stuart cause. The Temple and the Lodge charts the birth of Freemasonry through the survival of Templar traditions, through currents of European thought, through the mystery surrounding Rosslyn chapel, and through an elite cadre of aristocrats attached as personal bodyguards to the French king. Pursuing Freemasonry through the 17th and 18th Centuries, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh reveal its contribution to the fostering of tolerance, progressive values, and cohesion in English society, which helped to pre-empt a French-style revolution. Even more dramatically, the influence of Freemasonry emerges as key facto in the formation of the United States of America as an embodiment of the ideal 'Masonic Republic'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099257042
ISBN-10: 0099257041
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 26mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 5-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent

UK Kirkus Review » Not, as you might expect from the authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, a sensationalist expose of the Freemasons, this is a no less fascinating account of the evolution and development of Freemasonry, its roots in Templar traditions, its impact on English society of the 17th and 18th centuries and its role in the American War of Independence. Written with the authors' customary storytelling flair, combined with thorough historical research, the book sheds light on the origins of an organization that continues to flourish and fascinate to this day. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Baigent and Leigh collaborate again on their favorite subject, secret societies, as they attempt to link the Knights Templar of the Crusades to Scotland's Robert Bruce, the Stuarts, and eventually to Freemasonry. By and large, they are less sensational (and more successful) here than they were in their best-selling Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982), which murkily traced the Merovingian dynasty back to Jesus Christ. By 1307 the Knights Templar, due to their activities in the Holy Land during the Crusades, had attained a power that threatened not only the royal houses of Europe but the Papacy itself. In that year, Philippe IV of France outlawed the Order of the Temple; its leading members, together with its vast treasury, disappeared, It is Baigent and Leigh's contention that the Order sailed off to join the excommunicated Robert Bruce in Scotland, and that it was a determining factor in the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The authors purport to find the Templars' influence in the actions of many of the Scottish noble families whose connections spread the Templar creed back across the North Sea to France and southward into England, where they supported the Jacobite cause. The Templars' internationalist tenet of the brotherhood of man, the authors argue, found further expression in Freemasonry, where it had a humanizing effect on its members. Among these were such worthies as Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, James Boswell, and the Marquis de Lafayette. It was Freemasonry, the authors contend, which was a major motivating force in the American War for Independence - a connection that has been made repeatedly by others, most notably Robert Anton Wilson in his Illuminatus trilogy. In the main, a better-researched and more convincing effort than the authors' previous works, and one which can be read with enjoyment, if not unquestioning acceptance. pages of halftone illustrations.) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Michael Baigent

Michael Baigent graduated from Christchurch University, New Zealand. Richard Leigh followed up his degree from Tufts University, Boston, with postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and Stony Brook New York State University. They are co-authors of investigative religious books including The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Temple and the Lodge.

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