Author(s): Peter Blackstock
The hidden world of Freemasonry, with its vows of secrecy, mysterious rituals and aura of conspiracy, has gripped the public imagination since the first lodge of English Masonry was consecrated in 1717. Publication of Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol", in which Freemasonry plays a major part, will prompt massive public interest in the subject. "The Secret Symbol" provides a timely and invaluable insight into the mysteries of the Masons, using a rich selection of original documents, some obscure and overlooked, others notorious but seldom seen. Crucial texts uncover Freemasonry's hidden links to the early history of the USA (Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were both Masons), and show how Masonic symbols are integral to the buildings and streets of Washington DC. "The Secret Symbol" also demonstrates the Masons' long and colourful history, with links to the Knights Templar, the Occult, the Kaballah and the Temple of Solomon, as well as to other secret societies such as the Illuminati - all featured heavily in Dan Brown's other novels. It is a gripping introduction to a powerful and secretive world.
"The truth about Freemasonry in original documents by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and others - essential background to Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol"
Peter Blackstock studied Russian and German at Oxford University. He is an expert on Freemasonry, secret societies and esoterica. The Secret Symbol draws on his recent research.