Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Author David Harrison Interview - by Innsmouth Free Press

'The Transformation of Freemasonry' Due out this Fall

David Harrison Interview by Innsmouth Free Press

Here is an interview by Innsmouth Free Press with British author David Harrison about his first book 'The Genesis of Freemasonry'. The book has been out for a little over a year now and is a best selling work on the history of English Freemasonry.

He has a second book coming out in September called 'The Transformation of Freemasonry' a sequel which will carry forth other areas of the Masonic history from the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion, links to slavery, the abolition movement, the American Civil War. Also how Victorian Freemasons got involved with magic & druidry.


IFP: Tell us about your academic career. Where did you go to University?

DH: I went to the University of Wales in Bangor to study Archaeology and medieval history, but on leaving found out archaeology didn’t pay so well, so did a teacher training course then became a lecturer while researching my PhD at the University of Liverpool – which was on the history of Freemasonry.

IFP: How did you become interested in the history of Freemasonry?

DH: I met an old guy who was a Freemason and he found out I was interested in history. He gave me a number of documents which included early Masonic references and I was hooked. It had a certain mystery surrounding it and, when I proposed to do a PhD in the subject, the decision-makers at the history department in the University loved the idea. Freemasonry is a subject full of un-researched history; it has a rich vein which is still untapped and there is a veil of mystery

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The Genesis of Freemasonry - David Harrison available online or at all good book stores

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