Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New Reviews and Endorsements for The Transformation of Freemasonry

'This book gives us a thorough and sound view of how Freemasonry transformed itself, adapted and greatly influenced social history in the 18th and 19th centuries.'

Fred Lomax, writer and Masonic historian, The Square

'An excellent read and a worthy follow on from Harrison's first book The Genesis of Freemasonry.'

Mike Chapple, reviewer and writer, formerly of The Daily Post

'David has set about trying to paint a picture of Freemasonry in the first half of the nineteenth century, and chose to do so not at Grand and formal level but at a lodge and individual brother level.'

John Belton, writer and Masonic historian

The book is avalable on Amazon at a discount price:



Thursday, 4 November 2010

Reviews for the new book The Transformation of Freemasonry

'Dr. Harrison's work represents an important scholarly contribution to the study of the Masonic fraternity's many philosophical, educational and scientific influences, particularly as they have affected the development of the modern world.'

Shawn Eyer, Editor, Philalethes: The Journal of Masonic Research and Letters

'Although the history of Freemasonry is "to a great extent obscure", Dr. David Harrison has produced a detailed historical work which might well be used as a reference for the serious student of Masonic history during the two hundred years after the formation of the first Grand Lodge. From the makeup of its membership to the "revolt" which occurred after the United Grand Lodge was formed, this book is a wealth of difficult to obtain information!'

John L. Palmer, Managing Editor, Knight Templar magazine

'Dr. David Harrison has produced a deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing follow-up to 'The Genesis of Freemasonry' which gives an insight into the changes that Freemasonry underwent in nineteenth century England. Amongst its many accomplishments, the book demonstrates that in an ever-changing society, certain charismatic and energetic individuals were able to save their lodges from near-extinction. This will resonate with many modern Masons, and is something that modern Freemasonry can take heart from.'

Kenneth C. Jack, Writer: - 'The Ashlar', 'Masonic Magazine', 'Scottish Rite Journal'.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Press features regarding the new book 'The Transformation of Freemasonry'

The above article reports on a book signing event which I did at the famous Curiosity Book shop in Runcorn, Cheshire, which specialises in local history. The event included the local press, members of the local Ellesmere Lodge which used to meet in The Masonic Pub there in the later part of the 19th century, and members of the public. The books sold out in the end so the signing went well! Here is the online link: http://www.runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk/runcorn-widnes-news/runcorn-widnes-local-news/2009/06/18/dr-david-harrison-of-liverpool-university-signs-copies-of-the-genesis-of-freemasonry-at-the-curiosity-bookshop-55368-23900848/

The above feature is from the Runcorn Weekly News and Chester Chronicle, and discusses how a pub in Runcorn, Cheshire, called The Masonic, was an early example of a Masonic Hall in the area and was visited by a number of high ranking Freemasons during the later 19th century such as Lord De Tabley when he was Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire. This is also explored in the new book 'The Transformation of Freemasonry'. Here is the online link to the feature: http://blogs.chesterchronicle.co.uk/cheshire-memories/2009/05/runcorn-memories-new-book-tell.html

Above is a feature in the Daily Post which mentions the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion of 1823, a subject which is discussed in my second book 'The Transformation of Freemasonry'. The gravestone in the picture, which shows the mysterious Masonic symbols of the 'All-seeing Eye' and the Compass and Set-Square, can be found in St. James' cemetery in Liverpool below the Anglican Cathedral. The gravestone has its own unique Masonic story which is retold in the new book.
Here is the online link to the feature in the Daily Post: