I have been doing a lot of reading of Masonic related books. Here are some brief outlines of some of the books I have read.
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Mike at Mt. Mansfield.
Templars and the Crusades Books
Treasure of the Knights Templar: Solving the Oak Island Mystery
By: Steven Sora
was an interesting book outlining the history of the Oak Island
Mystery and some of the people that excavated there including FDR.
It also outlines several theories as to what the “Money Pit” may
contain. But since no one has gotten to the bottom of the pit if
you are looking for answers they are not here. Still a good book.
The History of the Knights Templars
By Charles G
book has a ton of information from the Knights Templar history, to
the Spear of Destiny. However I believe it was written as PHD
thesis and thus reads that way. The Bold Times New Roman type and
History Text Book writing, just made the book no fun for me. You
can get all of the information from other books that are written a
Knights of North America: On the Trail of the Grail Legacy in
Canada and the United States
on Holy Blood Holy Grail as most Knights Templar books are, this
book also brings in the story of Henry Sinclair sailing to the new
world. It is an ok book with a lot of information about many
different topics in Knights Templar lore.
Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail
Wallace-Murphy & Marilyn Hopkins
I suffered through this book.
Although it has some great pictures and drawings, I just had a tough
time with the content. Here is why. The authors visited seven
pre-Christian sites that all currently contain cathedrals. They
don’t reach Rosslyn until about the last 20 pages of the book.
The book was
mis-titled it should have been Medieval churches and how they can
affect your Chakra. I would not recommend this book.
The Knights Templar
by far my favorite Knights Templar reference book. It is not
concerned with connections to Freemasonry it is just a complete
Knights Templar history both the good and the bad.
Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ
Picknett & Clive Prince
have read Holy Blood Holy Grail you have read this book. Although
this book does have a lot of information that is not in HBHG you can
find that same information in several other books not to mention the
Da Vinci Code.
By Piers Paul
again is a straight history book on the Knights Templar similar to
the one I written by Stephen Howarth above. Both books are very
similar and could be used interchangeably. Although this book does
have pictures and maps to explain the text further.
Crusades: Five Centuries of Holy War
a good 200 page book of mostly pictures and art work to explain to
you the 500 years of the Crusades. As you would guess cramming 500
years of events into 200 pages, there are things left out. But the
art work and photos make up for a lot.
Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third
When you think of Richard the
Lionheart most of us think of Sean Connery a noble and just ruler.
Did you know the King Richard could not even speak English and spent
more time outside of England than in it. However King Richard was a
warlord like non other in his day. This book is a detailed account
of the Third Crusade (1187 - 1192), pitting King Richard against
Saladin for ownership of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Books on Egypt and the Pyramids
Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary Vol. I & Vol. II
Egyptian Hieroglypic Reading book for Beginners
Language: Easy lessons in Egyptian Hieroglypics
All four By
E.A. Wallis Budge
These obviously are not easy reading
however they are interesting and I do find them useful as reference
to text and translations in other books.
and the Seal : The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant
by Graham Hancock
Graham Hancock is one of my favorite
authors. His books are pure adventure and he does a very good job
presenting his information. The Lost Ark of the Covenant is one of
the great historical mysteries of all time. To believers, the Ark is
the legendary vessel holding the stone tablets of the Ten
Commandments. The Ark itself, however, mysteriously disappears from
recorded history sometime after the building of the Temple of
Solomon. Graham Hancock like Indiana Jones helps us find it? Maybe,
but we may never know. Read the book to learn more.
Fingerprints of the Gods
This book covers a lot of territory
and history. A look into the history of the Egyptian pyramids,
Incan ruins and pyramids, as well as the “Nazcan Lines” of Peru. He
researches theories into how and why these monuments were created.
By: Robert Bauval
I read this book a while back. What
purpose did the pyramids - one of the largest construction projects
ever undertaken - serve? Why were they scattered across the desert
in a seemingly random pattern? The pyramid mystery deepened in 1993
when Rudolf Gantenbrink discovered a secret door in the Great
Pyramid - a door unopened for 4,500 years. Along with The Message
of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind reviewed
below make a great pair of books.
of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind.
By: Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval
I really like Graham Hancock as an
author. His books are very well written. This book goes on a journey
examining the meanings of the Pyramids and their relationship to the
stars. There are also a few things that you would notice that would
remind you of Freemasonic ritual. I recommend this book to anyone
interested in ancient Egypt.
This book explores all of the passages
of the Great Pyramid and other pyramids of Egypt. It then compares
the relationships of the angles of the passages and sizes of the
pyramids to the circumference of the Earth and to the stars and
constellations. This is an interesting read but be forewarned that
there are a lot of calculations and mathematics that you can get
easily lost in.
Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization
Hancock & Santha Faiia
This book by covers the question of
how ancient sites in Mexico, Egypt, Cambodia, The Pacific Islands,
Peru and Bolivia all have similarities in their structures, myths
and relationships to the stars and constellations. They must all
have been influenced in the ancient past by a Lost Civilization that
went extinct over 10,000 years ago.
Pharoahs and Kings: A Biblical Quest
By David Rohl
I read this book after reading the
Hiram Key. This is a great Egyptian history reference book
with a lot of pictures as well as a complete reference as to which
Pharaoh of King ruled during what times.
Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln
This is the book that started it all
back in 1982. A parish priest in Rennes-Le-Chateau finds some
ancient scrolls that outline a Holy Blood line of Christ. This book
covers the Cathars, Knights Templar, Priory of Sion, The Merovigian
Dynasty and the story of the Holy Grail that the Da Vinci Code made
famous over 20 years later. Whether you agree or not in a potential
ancient bloodline this is a must read as almost all other current
books are based on this one.
of the Holy Grail : The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed
An updated version of Holy Blood Holy
Grail however focusing mainly on the genealogical evidence, as well
as ancient religious scrolls. This was an interesting book, with a
lot of great old paintings
Hopkins, Graham Simmans & Tim Wallace-Murphy
Again based on the Bloodline of Christ
story this book looked more into Rabbinical law and Biblical history
to see if such a theory is plausible.
The Tomb of
God: The body of Jesus and the solution to a 2,000 year old mystery
Andrews & Paul Schellenberger
This was a very fun however complex
book to read. The book looks at the artwork of renaissance masters
and hidden messages they included in their artwork. Based on the
mystery of Rennes-Le-Chateau, however this book wants to find the
final burial chamber of Jesus in the Languedoc region of France.
Key to the
Sacred Pattern:The untold story of Rennes-le-Chateau
Henry Lincoln co-authored the Holy
Blood, Holy Grail book. So this book is based on proving that
theory, but uses some of the techniques from The Tomb of God to
prove it. Using artwork analysis and mathematics to create a map of
and the Shroud: New evidence that the world’s most sacred relic
By: Ian Wilson
Is the Shroud of Turn a genuine relic or a cunning forgery.
Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English
Although at times a little difficult
to get through. This is a must have for anyone how reads books that
discuss some of the dead sea scrolls. I like to have a back up
reference to double check the authors.
We have all heard a lot about this
book and how the Bible holds the keys to future events. This book
gives example after example of prophesies, but never tells you how
the code is decoded. Which leads me to wonder, as others have said,
if you look at a big enough book long enough you can always find
some hidden codes.
Blood: The lost secrets of Freemasonry
By: John J.
A must have or at least read for all
freemasons. This book basically created the Knights Templar to
Freemason theory or at least made it mainstream.
Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
By: John J.
This is John J. Robinson’s version of
the Knights Templar history and in the Crusades.
Path : Freemasonry and the Religious Right
By John J. Robinson
Very Informative, gives you an incite
to why people are afraid of Freemasonry and how you can open up and
answer those fears.
of Freemasonry: Scotland’s Century 1590-1710
This book covers some of the texts
found in England and Scotland and the History of Freemasonry.
Below is a
list of other Freemasonic books that I use for reference for general
history and degree work.
Freemason’s Manual: A compainion for the initiated through all
the degrees of Freemasonry
K.J.Stewart, K.T 1852
Handbook: Webster Lodge No 61
Alfred Hall, PWGM, Marsh Perkins, PWGM, Daniel Nicholson1893
Ritual of Freemasonry
By: Malcolm C.
and its ancient mystic rites
keys of Freemasonry
By: Manly P.
meet, sorry to part: A collection of Masonic poems and
Inspirational fraternal thoughts
Freemasonry:A journey through Ritual and Symbol
By: W. Kirk
the Lodge (1898)
By: Albert G.
Symbols of the Occult:Images of Power and Wisdom
Geometry:Philosophy and practice
of the Eastern Star
Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society
Pharaohs, Freemasonry and the Discovery of the Secret
Scrolls of Jesus
Christopher Knight, Robert Lomas
From the Publisher
Key is a book that will shake the Christian world to its very roots.
When Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, both Masons, set out to
find the origins of Freemasonry they had no idea that they would
find themselves unraveling the true story of Jesus and the original
Jerusalem Church. As a radically new picture of Jesus started to
emerge, the authors came to the startling conclusion that the key
rituals of modern Freemasonry were practiced by the early followers
of Jesus as a means of initiation into their community.
Robert takes us on his journey through
Freemasonry as he recounts his degrees. This is interesting if
nothing else than seeing the differences in the Ritual between
Vermont and England. I am about half way through this book but it
has proven so far to be a good one.
and the Lodge
Baigent and Richard Leigh
This was my first Masonic book and has
always been one that I go back to for fun reading. This is the book
that started it all for me and lead me down the path to researching
the Knights Templar before I even knew who they were or that their
was a York Rite in Masonry.
By: Dan Brown
One of the best books I have read.
Angels & Demons is not a book about Freemasonry, however it is a
fascinating journey through symbology and art. Join Harvard
symbolgist Robert Langdon on a journey through the churches of Rome,
the sealed archives of the Vatican and unknown catacombs. What he
discovers is an unimaginable deadly vendetta against the Catholic
Church by a centuries-old underground organization - the Illuminati,
or is it?
By: Dan Brown
Robert Langdon is back this time in
France. When the Superintendent of the Louve is cornered inside his
own museum by an assassin, on his death bed he knows he can not die
without passing on the secret he holds. For he is the Grand Master
of the Priory of Sion. He leaves a very cryptic message for his
grand daughter and Robert Langdon. His grand daughter finding out
for the first time that her grand father is the Grand Master, begins
her search to find out and make sure the secret is not lost for
ever. The secret is the Holy Grail and what and where it is. If you
have only seen the movie you must read the book it is 100 times
The Rule of
Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
This is probably my favorite
Historical Fiction book. Much like the Da Vinci Code and Angles of
Demons the new types of historical fiction books meld actual places,
artwork and books with a fictional story. This book has four
Princeton University students writing their Senior thesis. One of
them is decoding a Renaissance text called the Hypnerotomachia
Poliphili to find a hidden treasure of Renaissance art and
literature that survived Girolamo Savonarola and the “Bonfires of