FAQ: What movies/books feature Masonry?

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    What movies/books feature Masonry?

    _The Man Who Would Be King_, by Brother Rudyard Kipling. A good story,
    later made into an excellent film, starring Michael Caine, Sean
    Connery, and Christopher Plummer. Its portrayal of Masonic history is
    quite fanciful, of course.

    _Murder by Decree_ A Sherlock Holmes movie, concerning the Master
    Sleuth's hunt for Jack the Ripper. It does not portray Masonry in an
    honest, accurate, or favorable light. A good movie, but it is
    important to remember that no Mason would ever knowingly commit a
    crime for a Brother. Incidentally, Edward VII was actually a Mason.
    (The story is not one of Brother Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's).

    _From Hell_ A movie which makes yet another attempt to link
    Freemasonry to the Jack the Ripper murders.

    _National Treasure_ An action movie that suggests that Masons had
    hidden a great treasure and left clues to its location in several
    places, including the back of the Declaration of Independence.
    Although there are a few inconsistencies, attributed to Hollywood's
    skill at glittering up an otherwise plain story, the movie does cast
    the Fraternity in a good light.

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    The "Turmgesellschaft" in Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister" novels is
    certainly of Masonic origin.

    In Tolstoy's "War and Peace", the Masonic initiation ritual of the
    character Pierre Besouchoff is described in great detail.

    There is also a modest body of Masonic poetry: Kipling's "The Palace"
    and "Mother Lodge", Burns's "Masonic Farewell", Goethe's "Mason
    Lodge", Leigh Hunt's "Abou Ben Adhem", Carruth's "Each in His Own
    Tongue", Burns's "On the Apron", Meredith's "Ebony Staff of Solomon",
    Bowman's "Voice of America", Malloch's "Father's Lodge" and Nesbit's
    "I Sat in Lodge with You." (Carl H. Claudy)

    In addition, Right Worshipful Brother Trevor W. McKeown kindly
    provided the following reading list:

    The Freemason at Work
    Harry Carr, revised by Frederick Smyth.
    Ian Allan Lewis Masonic Ltd. Riverdene Business Park, Molesey Road,
    Hersham Surrey KT12 4RG. ISBN: 0 85318 189 6 hc 404 pp.

    Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry
    Colin Dyer.
    Lewis Masonic, Ian Allen Regalia Ltd., Terminal House Shepperton
    Surrey. ISBN: 0 85318 130 6 pb 1983 [0 85318 102 0 clothbound, 1991].
    184 pp.

    Workman Unashamed, The Testimony of a Christian Freemason
    Christopher Haffner.
    Lewis Masonic, Ian Allan Regalia Ltd, Terminal House Shepperton
    Surrey. ISBN: 0 85318 167 5. hc. 271 pp.

    Early Masonic Pamphlets
    Reprinted and edited by Douglas Knoop and G.P. Jones and Douglas
    Q.C. Correspondence Circle Ltd. 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B
    5BA: 1978. ISBN: 0 9502001 3 1. 338 pp. [tel: 0171-405 7340,
    fax:0171-404 8131]

    Fundamentalism & Freemasonry, The Southern Baptist Investigation of
    the Fraternal Order
    Gary Leazer.
    M. Evans and Company, Inc. 216 East 49th Street, New York, New York
    10017. ISBN: 0-87131-775-3 (cloth). 252 pp.

    Freemasonry, A Journey through Ritual and Symbol
    W. Kirk MacNulty.
    Thames and Hudson Inc., 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10110:
    Reprinted 1999. ISBN: 0-500-81037-0. pb. 96 pp.

    Freemasonry, The Study of a Phenomenon
    Alexander Piatigorsky.
    The Harvill Press, 2 Aztec Row, Berners Road, London N1 0PW: 1997.
    ISBN: 1 89046 265 0. pb. 398 pp.

    The Freemasons
    Jasper Ridley.
    Constable & Robinson Ltd, 3 The Lanchesters, 162 Fulham Palace Road,
    London W6 9ER: 1999. ISBN: 1-84119-238-4. pb 340 pp.

    The Origins of Freemasonry : Scotland's Century, 1590-1710
    David Stevenson.
    Paperback, Cambridge University Press: 1990

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