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By Daniel Burstein

“If an individual can divine the contents of The misplaced Symbol, it’s Dan Burstein.”
 —New York magazine

With Secrets of the misplaced image, co-authors Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer delve into the true background, technological know-how, and hidden meanings in the back of Dan Brown’s most recent blockbuster novel, The misplaced Symbol. As they've got performed formerly with their awesome New York occasions bestsellers Secrets of the Code and secrets and techniques of Angels & Demons, Burstein and de Keijzer discover the subjects, conspiracies, mythologies, codes, encrypted symptoms, and exchange histories—from the delivery of Knights Templar to the current day—popularized by means of the acclaimed author of The Da Vinci Code, giving them clean and engaging relevance whereas setting apart fact from fantasy.

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And it trigger a sequence of occasions that reshaped the country. by means of that point, the rituals for the older levels have been extensively on hand, however the specifics of the more moderen “higher levels” remained a secret. Attracting a few of the so much lively and enthusiastic postrevolutionary brothers, those complicated ceremonies appeared to a lot of them transparent indicators of the fraternity’s excessive value. a few even speculated that they confirmed facts of its divine starting place. So whilst, in 1826, an upstate New Yorker, William Morgan, introduced plans to post a publication revealing the complete diversity of the hot rituals, many region Masons have been horrified. whereas they by no means sought reliable fraternal motion, a few brothers turned made up our minds to prevent the booklet and kidnapped Morgan. After being hidden for days in a abandoned citadel, he was once by no means heard from back. Public outrage on the disappearance grew as Masons attempted to hide up the crime, even going as far as to pack grand juries investigating the case with males sympathetic to the fraternity. Avery Allyn, who had approximately refused to accomplish the Knights Templar measure, realized from a fellow Mason the identification of the perpetrator. regardless of his vows of secrecy, Allyn chanced on the data so troubling that he ultimately made up our minds his civic responsibility required him to bare the reality. He quickly went even extra and grew to become opposed to the Order itself. He took up the duty of finishing the paintings that Morgan by no means accomplished, publishing a “Ritual of Freemasonry” that is still the fullest resource of data approximately postrevolutionary Masonic perform. Allyn additionally grew to become a number one specialist on Masonry, supplying lectures that integrated public demonstrations of rituals. Anti-Masonic assaults at the fraternity didn't create a countrywide main issue. however the upward thrust of prepared competition to Masonry did deliver major switch. such a lot of Masons left the order that it used to be crippled during the northern usa. a few states easily ceased all Masonic actions. An anti-Masonic political celebration ran a countrywide presidential candidate and created the nationwide nominating conference. The prodigious paintings of the anti-Masons helped educate a new release of activists who led the best way in lots of of the period’s most vital social reform routine, together with abolitionism. John Quincy Adams, whose awesome postpresidential profession incorporated years in Congress scuffling with slavery, ran for either the home of Representatives and the Massachusetts governorship as an anti-Masonic candidate. Adams wrote that he was once really struck by means of a second while Rhode Island legislators wondered a number one Mason desperately looking to steer clear of confirming that he swore the Knights Templar oath and drank from a cranium. either the ex-president and the legislators had discovered of the ritual from Avery Allyn. Focusing consciousness on skulls and mystery chambers, ritual parts that experience lengthy considering been discarded and (until Brown’s publication) mostly forgotten, is obviously complicated, maybe even perverse. Masonry has continually nurtured such daily virtues as sociable interplay and charitable trouble.

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