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  • Published: 5 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099257042
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

The Temple And The Lodge



The internationally bestselling historical book from the authors of bestselling religious thriller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. A fascinating insight into the history of freemasonry and how it has shaped the course of history.

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'.

  • Published: 5 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099257042
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

About the authors

Richard Leigh

Richard Leigh studied at Tufts University, Boston, the University of Chicago and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He died in 2007.

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 The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Temple and the Lodge. He died in 2013.

Praise for The Temple And The Lodge

'A worthy conclusion to their investigations into secret societies ancient and modern'

Sunday Times

'Meticulously researched and annotated and well worth reading'

Oxford Times

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