Masonic Books & other sources
Becoming a Freemason is just the door to the enlightenment that can come from it. To truly understand our craft and place in this world takes a life time of study of masonic books, critical thought, and open debate with other seekers of wisdom. This Masonic library is a compilation of readings to posses a dynamic understanding of the context, origin and role freemasonry plays and has played in our world, where the ideas originated and how they have evolved and defused into the fabric of our world. (scroll down)
When reading any of the Masonic books in our library, we recommend that you do so Critically, especially when reading the commentary and speculative books written in the 20th and 21st centuries.
This Library of Masonic Books, where possible, has direct links to allow for immediate access to the least expensive digital medium of consumption of these materials. This means that many of the primary sources below can be read for free.
While anyone can read through our masonic library and gain a greater understanding about the craft, it should be noted that to understand why certain books are chosen, and how they relate to freemasonry, one must first become a Freemason.
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The following is a library of important subjects for the study of Freemasonry, its origins, and affiliates:
- King Solomon’s Temple. the Book of Kings. 900 BC
- The Thirteen Books of Euclid’s Elements 325 BC
- Legend of York This link will take you to a popen from 927 AD about how stone masons were arranged into degrees by King Athelstan
- Doomsday Book After King William I conquered England for the Normans in 1066, he ordered a census be taken of all of England. That census we call the Doomsday book. Here we can find a list of those Master Masons, or those Masons listed as land owners.
- The Regius Manuscript: Written in 1390, is the earliest complete charge by masons to masons. This could be said to be the very first of the Masonic Books. It sites a code of behavior, duties, and origins.
- Freemasonry’s Gothic Constitutions: An unknown author from 1450 outlines the charges of being a mason.
- Ashmole’s Diary: This is the first mention of “Free Masonry” as opposed to simply “Masonry” dated to 1646. This mention clearly shows a relation to our moder structure. He says “I was made a Free Mason at Warrington in Lancashire with Colonel Henry Mainwaring (a Parliamentarian) of Karincham in Cheshire; the names of those that were then at the Lodge, Mr Richard Penket Worden, Mr James Collier, Mr Richard Sankey [a Catholic], Henry Littler, John Ellam, Richard Ellam and Hugh Brewer.”
- Constitutions of the Free-Masons 1717: This is a scanned PDF of the 2nd edition printed by Benjamin Franklin in 1734.
- Ahiman Rezon by written by Laurence Dermott for theAntient Grand Lodge of England which was formed in 1751. This is one of the first complete guides ever written on how a masonic Lodge ought to be run.
- Masonic Letters of George Washington This collection was printed in Philadelphia in 1915.
- Masonic Letters of Benjamin Franklin
- The public records of the Grand Lodge of England 1717-1894