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'The Transformation Of Freemasonry'

by David Harrison

"Dr. David Harrison has produced a deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing follow-up to 'The Genesis of Freemasonry' which gives an insight into the changes that Freemasonry underwent in nineteenth century England." Kenneth C. Jack

'The Transformation of Freemasonry' is the follow-on from the best selling 'The Genesis of Freemasonry.' The Transformation of Freemasonry looks at how Freemasonry in England and Wales adapted after the Unlawful Societies Act of 1799, and how the Craft became tinted with the stigma of Revolution, only to transform itself in the Victorian period to become the most enduring and enigmatic of secret societies.

Harrison delves into Masonic links with the slave trade, especially in Liverpool and the Trans-Atlantic links with the USA, and discusses the mysterious Liverpool Masonic Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge. Harrison also looks at how Freemasonry transformed itself during the 19th century, and how the Craft began to appeal to Victorian Occultists. This fascinating new book is a must for any reader who enjoyed Harrison's first book The Genesis of Freemasonry, and will be enjoyed by both Freemasons and general readers alike.

Dr. David Harrison has written many articles and papers on the history of Freemasonry for a number of magazines and journals. His celebrated article on the Masonic rebellion in Liverpool recently appeared in Freemasonry Today: The Best of Ten Years Symbols and Mysteries. He has worked as a history lecturer for over ten years appearing at numerous conferences, and he has researched the complex and hidden history of English Freemasonry for his PhD at the University of Liverpool, which was recently published as a book by Lewis Masonic titled 'The Genesis of Freemasonry'. Dr. Harrison has also recently appeared on various radio programs including the BBC and was a guest on the contraversial Gardiner's World which features on Sky TV, discussing the book. (Source - http://drdavidharrison.blogspot.com)

Reviews For 'The Transformation Of Freemasonry'

'Dr. Harrison's work represents an important scholarly contribution to the study of the Masonic fraternity's many philosophical, educational and scientific influences, particularly as they have affected the development of the modern world.' Shawn Eyer
Editor, Philalethes: The Journal of Masonic Research and Letters

'Although the history of Freemasonry is “to a great extent obscure,” Dr. David Harrison has produced a detailed historical work which might well be used as a reference for the serious student of Masonic history during the two hundred years after the formation of the first Grand Lodge. From the makeup of its membership to the “revolt” which occurred after the United Grand Lodge was formed, this book is a wealth of difficult to obtain information!' John L. Palmer, Managing Editor, Knight Templar magazine


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'Dr. David Harrison has produced a deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing follow-up to 'The Genesis of Freemasonry' which gives an insight into the changes that Freemasonry underwent in nineteenth century England. Amongst it's many accomplishments, the book demonstrates that in an ever-changing society, certain charismatic and energetic individuals were able to save their lodges from near-extinction. This will resonate with many modern Masons, and is something that modern Freemasonry can take heart from.' Kenneth C. Jack, Writer:- 'The Ashlar', 'Masonic Magazine', 'Scottish Rite Journal'.
 

The Transformation of Freemasonry is published by Arima Publishing. Dr. David Harrison is available to give talks to historical societies and groups, for more information you can e-mail him at dodgerecords@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

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