Masonic Orders of Fraternity
by Manly P Hall
This work is of equal interest to Freemasons and students of the development of secret societies in Western Europe since the Roman Conquest. The ... Show synopsis This work is of equal interest to Freemasons and students of the development of secret societies in Western Europe since the Roman Conquest. The principle emphasis is upon the seventeenth and eighteenth century revivals of the Mystery Rituals of antiquity. Such famous names as the Comte de St. Germain, Cagliostro, and Louis Claude de St. Martin share with old Dr. John Dee and the French philosopher/writer, Voltaire. There is information about the mysterious rituals of Memphis and the Illuminati, which flourished briefly in Bavaria, as well as the revival of Egyptian Masonry, which inspired Mozart's opera of "The Magic Flute." All these conspiracies and counter-conspiracies are as intriguing as a detective story, and much valuable history is concealed in the records of these esoteric schools.