A general history of Freemasonry in Europe by Emmanuel Rebold

By Emmanuel Rebold

Subtitle: dependent Upon the traditional files when it comes to, and the Monuments Erected through This Fraternity From Its beginning within the yr 715 B.c. to the current Time common Books ebook date: 2009 unique e-book date: 1869 unique writer: American masonic publishing organization topics: physique, brain

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And although, when, alone, these missionary converts were exposed to bloody persecutions in the towns and villages through which they passed, they were invariably permitted to accompany unmolested the Masonic corporations, who now, sometimes alone and sometimes in the retinue of the Roman legions, were continually threading the immense empire. by a favorable fortune, had more kind and humane governors at this period than any other Roman province. The example of the nobility, in becoming converts to the new faith, was swiftly followed by the people.

The lodges of Saxony, which from at first recognized the supremacy of the grand lodge of Strasburg, were subsequently placed under that of Madgeburg. These five grand lodges had a sovereign* and independent jurisdiction, and adjudged, without appeal, all causes brought before them, according to the statutes of the society. These ancient laws, revised by the chiefs of the lodges, assembled at Ratisbonne on the 25th of April, 2 1459, and, for the first time, printed in 1464, were en" titled Statutes and Rules of the Fraternity of Stone-cutters of Strasburg" Sanctioned by the Emperor Maximilian 1498, the constitution, composed of those and rules, was confirmed by Charles V in 1520, by Ferdinand in 1558, and their successors.

Thus deserted by the Romans, the Britons called to their assistance the Anglii and the Saxon pagans of the neighboring continent, to protect them from the assaults of the Picts and Scots and the northern pirates who infested their These auxiliaries, however, became as injurious in coasts. sense as they were useful in another. one They repulsed the Scots, it is true, but they also fixed themselves in the land and founded the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. made them the enemies of all were destroyed, and the flourishing prosperity that Britain enjoyed under the Roman sway disappeared.

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