The Independent Magazine for Freemasons
Quatuor Coronati Lodge Conference
Editor: John Wade
This book is the collection of papers presented at the Quatuor Coronati tercentenary conference in Queen’s College Cambridge. There are no less than 47 full papers in a book not far short of two inches think – so plenty of reading to satisfy those who want their money’s worth. The content of the papers is varied and interesting and all written by authors who knew what they were talking about – members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge as well as eminent Masonic writers and researchers from around the world. Many have written shorter versions for the Square. Each paper represents considerable scholarship and effort. Many have illustrations and diagrams.
They are meant to represent aspects of the 300 years of Freemasonry and the titles include:
Masonic Caricatures for fun or malice, Yasha Beresiner
The frontispiece of the book of constitutions, Martin Cherry
UGLE’s district and daughter Grand Lodges, Jim Daniel
The development of provincial yearbooks, Diane Clements
Freemasonry and nation building, John L Cooper
The Grand Lodge in Massachusetts, Aimee Newell
Prince Hall, Brian Price
Australian Freemasonry, Kent Henderson
The English Lodge in Florence, Maxine Gilhuys/Lucio Artini
Freemasonry and the Catholic Church, Fabio Venzi
The Freemasons Magazine, Andreas Onnefors
Freemasonry in Eastern Europe, Peter Hoffer
Searching for the Apple Tree Tavern, Andrew Prescott/Susan Sommers
With apologies to all of the 36 authors who are not named here, the authors represent most of the leading writers and researchers in English and US Masonry. The introduction and first paper (on the building of Freemasons’ Hall) was written by James Campbell who lectures at Queen’s College and thus was able to organise this magnificent venue. The foreword was by Jonathan Spence, Deputy Grand Master and bursar at the college. The conference was a great success and was reported in an earlier issue of The Square. The book is also a great success and it will provide many hours of pleasant and thoughtful reading for those who get a copy. One paper which will provoke discussion was by John Belton – who again is no stranger to The Square – describing the growth and deaths of so many side orders and degrees. It seems that even from the beginning members wanted to add increasingly more degrees, more ritual, more regalia – and not always for the best reasons (Ed: see above re: Count Cagliostro). The Scottish and York rites have proliferated with ‘just one more degree’ each with grander titles and hierarchies.
This is a book that most will want and it will sit well with the collection of transactions (AQC) which are produced each year by the lodge.