Suggested Reading List

Suggested Reading List to help Lodge and Provincial Mentors

The "Peterborough Booklets" are brief guides that provide valuable guidance for a masonic candidate's first steps in Freemasonry. They were written by Richard Sandbach when he was the Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire and are regularly updated by him. They are cheap and readily available from Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle Ltd.

Sandbach, R.

  • Notes for a Candidate for Freemasonry
  • After the First Degree
  • After the Second Degree
  • After the Third Degree
  • Letter to a Master Elect
  • Why Join the Royal Arch
  • Notes for a Newly Exalted Companion

The following two books are a good place to start in trying to answer most of the questions that a young or inexperienced mason is likely to ask:

Carr, H.

  • The Freemason at Work (1976)

Smyth, F.

  • A Reference Book for Freemasons (QCCC Ltd., 1998)

Both of these books contain short passages on a multitude of masonic topics. They are both easy to read and provide ready answers to hundreds of questions. Both authors are reliable and highly respected authorities.

For further and deeper reading the following works are suggested:

Carter, C.J.

  • The Director of Ceremonies (Lewis, 1989)
  • The Inner Guard and the Deacons (Lewis, 1990)
  • The Lodge Almoner (Lewis, 2001)
  • The Lodge Secretary (Lewis, 1991)
  • The Wardens, the Chaplain, the Immediate Past Master, the Past Masters (Lewis, 2001)

Coil, H.W.

  • Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia

Dyer, C.

  • Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry (1976)

Hamill, J.

  • The Craft (Paperback 1986)

Hamill, J. & Gilbert, R.A.

  • Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft (1992)
  • World Freemasonry: An Illustrated History (1991)

Horne, A.

  • King Solomon’s Temple in the Masonic Tradition (1971)

Jackson, K.B.

  • Beyond the Craft (2nd Edn Revised - Paperback1982)

Jones, B.E.

  • Freemason’s Guide and Compendium (Revised Edition 1956)
  • Freemason’s Book of the Royal Arch (1957 Reprinted 1980)

MacNulty, W.K.

  • Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol (1991)
  • Freemasonry: Secrets, Symbols, Significance (2006)

Pace, M de

  • Introducing Freemasonry (Paperback)

Pick, F.L. & Knight, G.N.

  • The Pocket History of Freemasonry.
  • (8th Edition - Revised by Frederick Smyth. 1991)

Stevenson, D.

  • The Origins of Freemasonry (1988)

Ward, J.S.M.

  • The EA’s Handbook (1923 – Available in Lewis Paperback)
  • The FC’s Handbook (1923 – Available in Lewis Paperback)
  • The MM’s Book (1923 – Available in Lewis Paperback)

[Note: This series gives a different approach to interpreting the role of the various officers. It should be used in conjunction with the handbooks by Charles Carter, which should be used for the work of the officers]

Wilmshurst, W.L.

  • The Meaning of Masonry (1925)
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