The Temple and the Lodge
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The Temple and the Lodge


Dispelling myth and reevaluating European and American history, The Temple and the Lodge is the most illuminating investigation yet published into the evolution of Freemasonry. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh recount the events that led to the strange and sudden disappearance of the Knights Templar in the fourteenth century and their reappearance in the court of excommunicate Scottish king Robert the Bruce. Theorizing, and documenting, the survival of Templar traditions through the birth of the Masonic lodge, the authors chart the history of Freemasonry through its medieval roots and into the modern era. They demonstrate the order's contribution to the fostering of tolerance, progressive values, and cohesion in English society, which helped to preempt a French-style revolution in England. In addition, they show how Freemasonry contributed to the formation of the United States as an embodiment of the ideal "Masonic Republic."

Title:The Temple and the Lodge
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:306 pages

    The Temple and the Lodge Reviews

  • Hussein saad
    Dec 24, 2014

    يجذبك للكتاب وفرة المصادر والمخطوطات التي تثبت صحة كﻻم المؤلف ربما يعد الجزء المتعلق بفرسان الهيكل والكاس ال...

  • Jeff Morgan
    Apr 15, 2013

    Difficult to accept some of the premises offered when the history of the American Revolution is so warped and distorted. It falls into the category of extremely interesting conjecture. But well writte...

  • Brad
    Sep 15, 2007

    Interesting book on the origins of the Masons. Pretty entertaining, but not entirely accurate. ...

  • Nick Stibbs
    Sep 23, 2015

    Brought alive a part of history that I hadn't fully understood - whether the life it brought is fictive and to what degree is a matter to tease out with more sober and academic study - there is someth...

  • Smiley McGrouchpants
    Nov 18, 2016

    Reversing a lot of what you'd ever thought you knew about the Templars and the Freemasons — even stuff stored in the backcorner of your mind — this book takes you through a stroll around European ...

  • Kenneth Wilkinson
    Jun 19, 2009

    The holy templars were the forebears of the masonic lodge. Using some fact with some embellishment this author builds on that to try and paint a picture of history. According to this book George Washi...

  • Ryan
    Aug 09, 2012

    After their enormously successful Holy Blood, Holy Grail Baigent and Leigh are at it again. This time the examine the disappearance of the Knights Templar and Scotland’s history at the time of Rober...

  • Hywel Owen
    Sep 23, 2010

    I really wanted to dislike this book, as it has been panned as sensationalist. However, this appears to be mostly an opinion held by people who haven't actually read it. Whilst the book is speculative...

  • Catherine
    May 03, 2011

    Opened my mind to an area I had never been exposed to other than that of the typical "conspiracy theorist's" mania. I found it very helpful personally and I particularly jive with Baigent's seeming pa...

  • Kelly Feldcamp
    Sep 19, 2011

    A nifty little "history" of freemasonry. I put quotation marks around it because much of it is speculation and pseudohistory, but it's still a great read and certainly gets you thinking about some of ...

About Michael Baigent

Michael Baigent

Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master's degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children. Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has