A general history of Freemasonry in Europe by Emmanuel Rebold

By Emmanuel Rebold

Subtitle: established Upon the traditional files in terms of, and the Monuments Erected through This Fraternity From Its origin within the yr 715 B.c. to the current Time basic Books e-book date: 2009 unique book date: 1869 unique writer: American masonic publishing organization topics: physique, brain

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As Christianity, in its new reTatTons'to the state, daily increased TTf power, and demanded for its exercise the ercction~bf suTEat)le buildings, the Eregmason corporations found ample employment. Every-where Christian Churches sprang up under the direction and active operaworkmen. Cpjistantine himself, who, imi- tions of these tating his of his acts and determinations, his residence during the first years of his filth er made York in many reign, knew personally the principal members of those corporations^extend^edT to them every privilege they had ever possessed or were at any time deprived of, and thus they became the most effective and influential arm of the public service.

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.

John Brothers, or Brothers of St. John. THE MASONIC CORPORATIONS IN GAUL. IN the transalpine provinces of Gaul, the Masonic corporations, cotemporaneous with those of Britain, increased in a no less extraordinary manner. After the Roman provinces were abandoned in the year 486, all the countries which had been subject to the Roman sway received with delight the attention of these builders. In those countries they were called Free Corporations, their 1 bership being composed entirely of brother Masons.

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