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The following books deal with the history, philosophy or any other subject related to Masonic organizations or Rites.


The following deals with the history, philosophy or any other matter related to Scottish Rites.

A Bridge to Light by Rex Hutchens

A Glossary of Morals and Dogma by Rex Hutchens

Ancient Mystic Rites by Charles Webster Leadbeater / Paperback
Explores the ancient Egyptian influence upon modern Freemasonry. Discusses the history of the A.A.S.R. and it's predecessor, the Rite of Perfection.

Beyond The Ordinary by Henry Clausen

History of the United Supreme Council, A.A.S.R. of Freemasonry, Joseph A. Walkes, Jr.

History of the Supreme Council, 33, A.A.S.R., N.M.J., U.S.A. by George Newbury and Louis Williams

Lodge of the Double-Headed Eagle by William L. Fox

Magnum Opus: Or the Great Work: The Complete Ritual Work of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike.

Modern Historical Characters in Freemasonry by John H. Van Gorden

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike.
A very hard read. It is the major compilation of Pike's writings on his view of the questionable history of mystic studies. Basis of some of the Scottish Rite rituals.

Rose Croix: The History of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales by Alexander C.F. Jackson

The Bible in Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma by Rex Hutchens and Donald Monson

The Story of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Harold Van Buren Voorhis

Theatre of the Fraternity by Lance Brockman


The following deals with the history, philosophy or any other matter related to York Rites.

Born in Blood by John J. Robinson / Hardcover
This is a very popular historical fantasy book which weaves a wonderful story involving the Knights Templar, Freemasons and the Catholic Church. A highly entertaining work perfect for those quite evening when an exciting book is valued reward. Don't get caught up in expecting an accurate account of history and you will thoroughly enjoy this work.

Dungeon Fire and Sword by by John J. Robinson, M. Evans and Co., 1991/ Hardcover
Robinson's fascination with the military monastic order organized by a band of knights in the aftermath of the First Crusade and originally dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land continues. Here, he sets out to recount the Knights' role as trained warriors and, eventually, as international bankers during the nearly 200 years from Pope Urban II's call for the First Crusade in 1095 through the last Crusaders' abandonment of the Holy Land in 1291.

Freemasons' Book of the Royal Arch by Bernard Edward Jones

Lessons in Capitular Masonry by Charles C. Hunt

Light from the Sanctuary by Charles Albert Snodgrass

Royal Arch, Capstone of Freemasonry by Ray Vaughn Denslow

Royal Arch: Its Hidden Meaning by George Steinmetz

Royal Masonic Encyclopedia by James Mackenzie

Some Royal Arch Terms Examined by Roy A. Wells

The History of the Knights Templars by Charles G. Addison, David Hatcher Childress (Introduction) / Paperback
This book is full of history of the Order of the Knights Templar. Addison goes into some deep history of the Templars and the times they lived in right up to the supression of the order. He also sets up a basis for the belief that the Templars did not all 'go away' after their supression but lived on in countries where Phillip and Pope Clement V could not touch them. This book is great to start on your journey to find the truth about this order of Knights.

The Knights of Malta by Joseph Attard

The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar by Steven Sora / Paperback / Published 1999
Fascinating occult detective work linking the Cathars, the Scottish Masons, and Renne-le-Chateau to the elusive treasure pit on Oak Island. Draws on new evidence recently unearthed in Italy, France, and Scotland to provide a compelling solution to one of the world's most enduring mysteries.

The Murdered Magicians: The Templars and their Myth by Peter Partner, Oxford Univ. Press, 1987
An excellent book that not only discusses the original Knight Templars but also covers the period after their end with detailed discussion of how they were perceived by the public in each period.

The Royal Arch, its Hidden Meaning by George Harold Steinmetz

The Templar Legacy and Masonic Inheritance within Rosslyn Chapel by Tim Wallace-Murphy

The Templar Revelation by Picknett and Prince

The Templar's Secret Island by Henry Lincoln & Erling Haagensen

The Temple Legend by Rudolph Steiner

The Temples in Jerusalem by Harry Kelso Eversull

The Trial of the Templars by Malcolm Barber / Paperback
A detailed account of the ordeal of the French Templars--arrested, tried and executed from 1307-1314 for heretical crimes during the Inquisition. Although their confessions were extracted under torture, a number of the brothers survived to defend their Order until 1314.

The York Rite of Freemasonry by Frederick G. Speidel


The following deals with the history, philosophy or any other matter related to other Masonic Organizations

Beyond the Craft by Keith B. Jackson

Building Paradise: The Freemason and Rosicrucian Six Days Work by Peter Dawkins

Fifty Years of National Sojourners by LaVon Parker Linn

Hi...Dad! [De Molay] by Herbert Ewing Duncan

History of the Royal Order of Jesters

Parade to Glory; The Story of the Shriners and Their Hospitals for Crippled Children by Fred Van Deventer

Seekers of Truth: The Story of the Philalethes Society, 1928-1988 by Allen E. Roberts

The Eastern Star by Harold V.B. Voorhis

The Higher Degrees in Freemasonry by JSM Ward

The Rosicrucian Enlightenment by Frances A. Yates 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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