This exceptional look deep into the early days of Freemasonry draws back the veil of secrecy surrounding this long-lived society. It was a true secret society before 1717, and most knowledge of events in those years became lost — but some original documents and many isolated records remained.
This wealth of material has now been brought together to shine a surprisingly bright light on the people who shaped Freemasonry and on the development of its secret symbols, rituals and practices.
Masonry’s controversial relationship with the Knights Templar and Vatican also takes on new and significant meaning.
These are the people and events that made Freemasonry what it is — a society with secrets