Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Margaret C. Jacob / Sep 17, 2019

Living the Enlightenment Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe Long recognized as than the writings of a dozen or so philosophes the Enlightenment created a new secular culture populated by the literate and the affluent Enamoured of British institutions Contine

  • Title: Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe
  • Author: Margaret C. Jacob
  • ISBN: 9780195070514
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long recognized as than the writings of a dozen or so philosophes, the Enlightenment created a new secular culture populated by the literate and the affluent Enamoured of British institutions, Continental Europeans turned to the imported masonic lodges and found in them a new forum that was constitutionally constructed and logically egalitarian Originating in the MiLong recognized as than the writings of a dozen or so philosophes, the Enlightenment created a new secular culture populated by the literate and the affluent Enamoured of British institutions, Continental Europeans turned to the imported masonic lodges and found in them a new forum that was constitutionally constructed and logically egalitarian Originating in the Middle Ages, when stone masons joined together to preserve their professional secrets and to protect their wages, the English and Scottish lodges had by the eighteenth century discarded their guild origins and become an international phenomenon that gave men and eventually some women a place to vote, speak, discuss and debate Margaret Jacob argues that the hundreds of masonic lodges founded in eighteenth century Europe were among the most important enclaves in which modern civil society was formed In France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Britain men and women freemasons sought to create a moral and social order based upon reason and virtue, and dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality A forum where philosophers met with men of commerce, government, and the professions, the masonic lodge created new forms of self government in microcosm, complete with constitutions and laws, elections, and representatives This is the first comprehensive history of Enlightenment freemasonry, from the roots of the society s political philosophy and evolution in seventeenth century England and Scotland to the French Revolution Based on never before used archival sources, it will appeal to anyone interested in the birth of modernity in Europe or in the cultural milieu of the European Enlightenment.

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    1. An excellent book drawn heavily from primary sources as well as other serious & professional historians, it focuses on Freemasonry in France and the Low Countries in the mid to late 18th Century. Jacob works on digging into the actual ideas being discussed (by lodge Orators) in Masonic lodges, as well as the implications of antecedent and descendant streams of thought, coming from the English revolutions of the 1600s, their focus on constitutionality and the emergence of the citizen, through [...]


    2. Strong emphasis on politics and development of civil society with the typical sort of confused snarl about non-political intellectual content in esoteric traditions. Good, solid academic work but written in a dull style unless you're really into political history. In a pinch, reading the conclusion/epilogue will give you a good sense for the book. On adoption lodges, she actually did a better job with her re-tread for the Dan Brown book in 2006. Recommended for historians of European Enlightenme [...]


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