The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, Vol 1 and 2. Charles William Heckethorn

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The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, Vol 1 and 2.

From the modern intrigue of conspiracy theories to the immense popularity of The Da Vinci Code, the fascination with secret societies – and their arcane knowledge and power – has never been so rampant. This monumental, encyclopedic work details the initiations, ceremonies, codes, and customs of mysterious organizations from ancient times to the modern world.

First published in 1875 and completely revised and updated in 1897, this remains the definitive, authoritative guide to secret societies and to the spiritual evolution of humanity they represent. Originally published in two volumes and here presented in an omnibus edition, this captivating work delves into the rites and mysteries of:

  • The Magi and the Mithraics
  • Egyptian priests and kings
  • Chinese metaphysics
  • The Druids
  • Cabbalism and Gnosticism
  • Alchemy
  • The Mafia
  • The Illuminati
  • The Freemasons
  • And much more.

British historian and author Charles William Heckethorn (c. 1826-1902) was born in Switzerland, but emigrated to England as a child. Among his writings are a novel, a book of verse, translations of Scandinavian folklore, and the travelogues Italian Lights and ShadowsLondon Souvenirs, and London Memories.

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Book I – ANCIENT MYSTERIES: Magi, Mithraics, Brahmins and Gymnosophists, Egyptian Mysteries, Metamorphosis of the Legend of Isis, Chines and Japanese Mysteries, Mexican and Peruvian Mysteries, Druids, Scandinavian Mysteries.
Book II – EMANATIONISTS: Cabala, The Gnostics
Book III – RELIGION OF LOVE: Sons of the Widow, The Gay Science, The Consolation, Chivalry
Book IV – ISHMAELITES: Lodge of Wisdom, Assassins, Druses.
Book VI – FREE JUDGES: Holy Vehm, Beati Paoli
Book VII – ALCHYMISTS: Rosicrucians
Book VIII – FREEMASONS: Legend op the Temple, Origin—Traditions, The Lodge, Genuine and Spurious Masonry, Ceremonies op Initiation, Holy Royal Arch, Grand elected Knight of Kadosh, Prince or Rose-Croix, Rites of Misraim and Memphis, Modern Knights Templars, Freemasonry in England and Scotland, Freemasonry in France, Chapter of Clermont and the Strict Observance, Relaxed Observance, Congress of Wilhelmsbad, Freemasonry and Napoleonism, Freemasonry, the Restoration of the Second Empire, Freemasonry in Italy, Cagliostro and Egyptian Masonry, Adoptive Masonry, Androgynous Masonry, Persecutions of Freemasonry, Schismatic Rites and Sects, Diffusion op the Order, Futility op Modern Freemasonry
Book IX – MYSTICS: Jacob Bohme, Emanuel Swedenborg, Martinism
Book X – ILLUMINATI: Spartacus and Philo
Book XI – BRIGANDAGE: Chauffeurs or Burners, Garduna
Book XII – FELLOW-CRAFTS: French Workmen’s Unions, German Workmen’s Unions
Book XV – MINOR ITALIAN SECTS: Independents, Napoleonism and Anti-Napoleonism, Southern Provinces, The Clerics, Central Italy and Lombardy, Exiles
Book XVI – YOUTH: Young Poland, Union of Safety, Union of Virtue, Irish Societies, Fenians, Communists, International and Commune, Permanent Revolution, Young Italy.