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Journal Cover   Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism
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   ISSN (Print) 17572460 - ISSN (Online) 1757-2479
   Published by Equinox Publishing Homepage  [30 journals]
  • CALDERWOOD, Paul, Freemasonry and the Press in the Twentieth Century. A
           National Newspaper Study of England and Wales
    • Authors: Daniel Weinbren
      Abstract: CALDERWOOD, Paul, Freemasonry and the Press in the Twentieth Century. A National Newspaper Study of England and Wales (Farnham & Surrey, UK and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2013), 378 pp., £75.00, Illustrated, Hbk, ISBN: 978-1-4094-5433-5.
      PubDate: 2014-04-22
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • NEWELL, Aimee E., Hilary Anderson Stelling, Catherine Compton Swanson,
           Curiosities of the Craft—Treasures from the Grand Lodge of
           Massachusetts Collection
    • Authors: Harriet Sandvall
      Abstract: NEWELL, Aimee E., Hilary Anderson Stelling, Catherine Compton Swanson, Curiosities of the Craft—Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection (Boston, and Lexington, MA: Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts and the Supreme Council 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, 2013), 288 pp., $44,95, Illustrated, Hbk, ISBN 978-1-889541-00-6.
      PubDate: 2014-04-13
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • PRUNETI Luigi, Aquile e Corone. L’Italia il Montenegro e la
           massoneria dalle nozze di Vittorio Emanuele III ed Elena al governo
           Mussolini
    • Authors: Nicoletta Casano
      Abstract: PRUNETI Luigi, Aquile e Corone. L’Italia il Montenegro e la massoneria dalle nozze di Vittorio Emanuele III ed Elena al governo Mussolini (Firenze: Le Lettere, 2012), 170pp., €16,00, ISBN 978-88-6087-628-7.
      PubDate: 2014-04-13
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • 'The Widow's Shield': Women and Eighteenth-Century Irish
           Freemasonry
    • Authors: Petri Mirala
      Abstract: In this article it is argued that, while there is no documentary evidence for the existence of female freemasonry in Ireland in the eighteenth century, freemasonry indirectly impacted the lives of many Irish women.
      PubDate: 2014-04-03
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Enlightenment Females and Freemasonry: Contributions by the Fairer Sex to
           the Freemasons’ Magazine with Newly Discovered Links to the
           Freemasons’ Female Charity in England
    • Authors: Susan Snell
      Abstract: Providing an overview of poetic contributions by women to the Freemasons’ Magazine, or General and Complete Library, the first English Masonic periodical published between 1793 and 1798, this article identifies an anonymous verse by the poet, Anna Jane Vardill (1781–1852). A member of the Attic Chest literary coterie of Eleanor Anne Porden (1795–1825), Vardill’s poem was set to music and performed by pupils at the Anniversary Concert of the Freemasons’ Royal Cumberland School for Girls in 1797. This poem provides a link for unravelling the ‘her’ stories of the first hundred pupils at the School, established in 1788 by Chevalier Bartholomew Ruspini (c.1728–1813) to assist the daughters of deceased or distressed freemasons in 1788, the present–day Royal Masonic School for Girls. This re-examination of previously overlooked information reveals details about the cultural and personal lives of women included in various printed and archive resources held at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry.
      PubDate: 2014-04-03
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • ADORNI Marco, GRECO Giovanni, MONDA Davide (eds), Atti del convegno
           Massoneria e Risorgimento. Da Bologna per l’Italia
    • Authors: Nicoletta Casano
      Abstract: ADORNI Marco, GRECO Giovanni, MONDA Davide (eds), Atti del convegno Massoneria e Risorgimento. Da Bologna per l’Italia (Bologna: Paolo Emilio Persiani Editore, 2012), 114 pp., €16.90, ISBN 978-88-96013-34-2.
      PubDate: 2014-04-03
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • SCHUCHARD, Marsha Keith, Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in
           Heaven. Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden
    • Abstract: SCHUCHARD, Marsha Keith, Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden, The Northern World 55 (Leiden, Boston, MA: Brill, 2012), xviii+804 pp., €217, $298, Illustrated, Hbk, ISBN: 978-9-00-418312-4.
      PubDate: 2014-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • MARKNER, Reinhard, NEUGEBAUER-WÖLK, Monika, SCHÜTTLER, Hermann
           (eds), Die Korrespondenz des Illuminaten-Ordens
    • Authors: Edward Malcolm Batley
      Abstract: MARKNER, Reinhard, NEUGEBAUER-WÖLK, Monika, SCHÜTTLER, Hermann (eds), Die Korrespondenz des Illuminaten-Ordens, Vol 2: January 1782–June 1783 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013), xxxv + 711 pp., 149.95€ / $210.00 eBook; 149.95€ / $210.00 Hbk, €229 / 321$ Print/eBook, ISBN: 978-3-11-029500-9.
      PubDate: 2014-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • KEEHN, David C. Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern
           Secession, Civil War
    • Authors: Aimee E. Newell
      Abstract: KEEHN, David C. Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern Secession, Civil War (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2013), vii + 308 pp., 14 illus., $35.95, Hbk, ISBN: 978-0-8071-5004-7.
      PubDate: 2014-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • SEIBERT, Peter Swift. Fraternally Yours: Identify Fraternal Groups and
           Their Emblems
    • Authors: Jeffrey Croteau
      Abstract: SEIBERT, Peter Swift. Fraternally Yours: Identify Fraternal Groups and Their Emblems (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2012), 128 pp., $19.99, Illustrated, Hbk, ISBN: 978-0-7643-4060-4.
      PubDate: 2014-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Andrew Pink, Cecile Revauger, Jeffrey Tyssens
      Abstract: The editors introduce this double issue of JRFF which is devoted entirely to the theme of women and freemasonry.
      PubDate: 2014-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Report of the Doctoral Students Study Day, 2013, Belgisch Museum van de
           Vrijmetselarij Wednesday, 27 March 2013
    • Authors: Andrew Pink
      Abstract: This report provides an overview of the second international doctoral students Study Day on freemasonry, detailing the presentations of promising PhD projects currently being undertaken. The subjects covered are: freemasonry in eighteenth-century India, and nineteenth-century Mauritius; the notion of secrecy among freemasons in twentieth-century Britain; musicology and nineteenth-century freemasonry, the complex rhetoric of Dudley Wright (1868–1949); the masonic life and times of Hippolyto Joseph Da Costa (1772–1823). Those presenting papers represent a cross-section of the doctoral experience, from just beginning the doctoral journey to having just completed it. The range of material discussed demonstrates the richness and vitality of the subject.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Robin Hood and Her Merry Women: Modern Masons in an Early
           Eighteenth-century London Pleasure Garden
    • Authors: Andrew Pink
      Abstract: The Brothers and Sisters of the Honourable Community of Modern Masons are a hitherto unnoticed eighteenth-century mixed-gender, para-masonic society. The surviving evidence of their activities is found in announcements of meetings in the London newspapers: details of benefit performances that the lodge sponsored in London theatres; an engraving of a meeting; and the lodge’s song. While the location of these Modern Masons, based in a minor pleasure garden in semi-rural Clerkenwell, suggests that this was a minor local London phenomenon, the evidence suggests a much more significant group, active in support for the political ambitions of Frederick Prince of Wales.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • An Historical Geography of Louis Goaziou and the Early Years of
           L’Ordre Maçonnique Mixte et International ‘Le Droit
           Humain’, American Federation of Human Rights: the Significance of
           the Industrial Monongahela Valley of Western Pennsylvania
    • Authors: John Slifko
      Abstract: This paper engages the historical geography of the origins of L’Ordre Maçonnique Mixte et International ‘LE DROIT HUMAIN’ Fédération américaine (the American Federation of Human Rights hereinafter AFHR) in the United States in the early twentieth century, the first major institution of freemasonry to accept full equality of men and women, with its origins in France. There is, in addition, biographical material on three seminal figures in the origin of LE DROIT HUMAIN, Antoine Muzzarelli, Louis Goaziou, and Dr. Alida de Leeuw. The research examines Louis Goaziou, a major architect in the formation of the AFHR and a small sampling of important co-workers. Antoine Muzzarelli was the real founder of AFHR. He was an editor in France and teacher of French in America. The first nine lodges at their origins involved different immigrant ethnic groups from across East, Central, and Southern Europe.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • ‘Its members are of all sorts…’, the Male Element of
           Early Co-freemasonry in England
    • Authors: Diane Clements
      Abstract: This paper analyses the ages and occupations of the men who joined co-freemasonry for men and women in the period 1902–1914. In seeking to establish why these men joined this form of freemasonry rather than the much larger, established and highly respectable all male freemasonry, it seeks to establish their beliefs and in particular their attitude to contemporary topics. The profile of the men in co-freemasonry was very similar to the members of all male lodges but what appears to distinguish them was their attitude to women and in particular their belief that freemasonry and the knowledge that it gave should be available to women.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Women in Eighteenth-Century English Freemasonry: the First English
           Adoption Lodges and their Rituals
    • Abstract: Drawing on several so-far neglected documents available in the Burney Collection of the British Library as well as in the Library and Museum of Freemasons' Hall in London, this paper investigates the gender structures and roles represented in English masonic constitutions, pamphlets, letters, rituals as well as newspapers of the long eighteenth century. First, it examines the origin and the public perception of the exclusion of women from the fraternity in England and discuses how freemasons defended this 'landmark.' Secondly, it analyses how and why English freemasons invited ladies to participate in various masonic activities including balls, feasts and public masonic ceremonies. Thirdly, it highlights how some English women, following the advice of some liberal-minded 'brethren', managed to subvert this gender-exclusive principle by establishing all-female and / or adoption lodges in the second half of the century. So far scholarship has dated the emergence of such lodges to the twentieth century in England. Finally, the paper will compare the gender constructions of traditional male masonic rituals with the first English ceremonies of adoption lodges admitting both sexes.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • A Sister with Fifty-Thousand Brothers
    • Authors: Olivia Chaumont, Andrew Pink
      Abstract: Since 1992, Parisian architect and town planner Olivier Chaumont had belonged to the Grand Orient of France, then an exclusively male masonic order. Following a sex change in the mid-2000s and now legally a woman known as Olivia, her lodge willingly accepted this new identity. The brother became a sister, and in so doing helped precipitate the opening up of the Grand Orient to women. This momentous episode in France’s masonic history is captured here in an autobiographical essay written specially for the 2013 themed, double-issue of Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism: ‘Women and Freemasonry’.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Women’s Freemasonry in the Age of Enlightenment - Stereotypes on the
           Right and the Left
    • Authors: Margaret C. Jacob
      Abstract: This paper examines the reactions that women in freemasonry have received from both the left and the right. Neither side seems to have a very clear understanding and sexism lurks in many of these assessments. It then turns to what is now known about women in the eighteenth century European freemasonry with the proviso that there is still a great deal that we do not know about women’s involvement in the lodges. Perhaps only for France do we have a fairly detailed picture of where the lodges of adoption could be found and the nature of their membership.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2014)
       
  • Authority or Auxiliary? Miss Rose Lipp's Masonic Business,
           1900-1930
    • Authors: Aimee E. Newell
      Abstract: Miss Rose Lipp, a female manufacturer and dealer in ‘Masonic Supplies’, maintained her Boston business for over 30 years and was recognized as an authority on masonic regalia, providing the aprons, jewels and uniforms essential to masonic meetings and rituals. This paper employs examples of Lipp’s regalia together with her advertisements and notices in local masonic magazines to explore the role she played in the fraternity. Her experience offers a new perspective on the relationship of women to freemasonry in Boston. Her apparent acceptance by Boston’s freemasons stretches our understanding of the experience of female entrepreneurs during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Lipp pursued a female occupation—that of producing clothing—for a male audience. In this era, when women’s roles were changing, as they entered the American business world in greater numbers than ever before, Rose Lipp—as a woman and a business owner—offers a model to explore how women navigated male worlds—public, private and masonic.
      PubDate: 2013-12-02
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2013)
       
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The Order of the Eastern Star in the Historiography
           of American Women’s Associations
    • Authors: Susan Sommers
      Abstract: Although the phenomenon of women in freemasonry has enjoyed considerable attention in European scholarship, the involvement of American women in fraternal organizations goes virtually unnoticed by the academic community. This is especially true for several American women’s organizations based on fraternal associations—the Order of the Eastern Star, the Degree of Rebekah, and the Pythian Sisters. This paper focuses attention on the largest of these groups, the Order of the Eastern Star, identifying and exploring the particular lacuna in the growing historiography of women’s voluntary associations in America that leaves the OES untreated.
      PubDate: 2013-12-02
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2013)
       
  • Abigail Blodgett Stickney Lyon’s Observations on Free Masonry: with
           a Masonic Vision Addressed, by a Lady in Worcester, to Her Female Friend
           (1798)
    • Authors: Karen Kidd
      Abstract: In her pamphlet, Observations on Free Masonry: with a Masonic Vision Addressed, by a Lady in Worcester, to Her Female Friend (1798), the New England writer Abigail Blodget Stickney Lyon—a well-educated woman for her time—voiced strong views about women and freemasonry. The dominant interpretation of her work has been that she approved of women’s total exclusion from freemasonry, her work described as antimasonic, and even a warning against illuminism. This article presents a different interpretation, that it is an advocacy of women only lodges, where women could labor within their own spheres in parallel with—and just as well as—men.
      PubDate: 2013-12-02
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2013)
       
  • The Adoption Rite, its Origins, its Opening up for Women, and its
           ‘Craft’ Rituals
    • Authors: Jan A.M. Snoek
      Abstract: On June 10, 1774 the Grand Orient de France regularized its Adoption lodges, which had existed for about 30 years, and gave them new rules.2 I will present here a summary of the results of my research about the rituals practiced in the Adoption lodges.3 The main questions, which I shall try to answer here, are: Why, where, when and under which circumstances did the Adoption Rite originate, and how did its rituals get their form?
      PubDate: 2013-12-02
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2013)
       
 
 
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