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 Post subject: The Invisible College - Charles2 freemasonry and the secret
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:13 am 
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The Royal society , freemasonry and the monarchy.

I read last December this book which has some interesting sources for freemasonry which actually brought together freemasons such as Cromwell and Charles 1 supporters.


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In 1660, within a few months of the restoration of Charles II, a group of twelve men met in London to study the mechanisms of nature. The Royal Society was born and with it modern, experimental science. The Invisible College is a fascinating account of the turbulent political, economic and religious background to the formation of the Royal Society - an era of war against the Dutch, the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. In particular, it reveals the hidden motives of one man, Sir Robert Moray, who built on his experience of another organisation to structure and gain finance for the Royal Society. This other body, the 'Invisible College' as Boyle called it, is known today by the name of Freemasonry.

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Yes, Wilkins would be flattered to be asked to chair the meeting, indeed if it was put to him in the right way he would accept it as nothing less than his right. That was the way to present it. Play to the man's vanity. Diplomatic skills learned in the service of the French had their uses, even in the uncertain world of Restoration England.

The clatter of horses' hooves and the rattle of a carriage stopping in the gateway, just below his rooms, drew him back from his reverie. Enough planning and scheming! The time for action had come. The king himself was forewarned; the king's supporters would already be setting off towards Bishopsgate; all that was left to do was to persuade able men, almost destroyed by the bloody events of the Civil war, to work with him. He felt his mouth go dry at the anticipation of the task. But if Britain was to survive the threat from the Dutch, he must succeed. He took a deep breath and turned away from the window.

Sir Robert Moray knew what had to be done and he knew how he intended to do it. He dressed carefully, donning the sombre black clothes he had favoured since the death of his wife. Was it really ten years since she had passed away? He set off across the privy lawns towards the stone steps that led down to the Thames. Catching a sculler by the riverside he paid his sixpence to be ferried up river, almost to the Tower. There he disembarked, to walk up through the narrow, cluttered, reeking streets of Bishopsgate to the quiet haven of Gresham College.

After listening to a lecture on Astronomy from Christopher Wren, Sir Robert Moray went back to the rooms of Laurence Rooke, to the meeting he had been thinking about for so long. The day was Wednesday 28 Nov 1660. What he thought and felt that cold November morning is unknown, but the world still lives with the results. That afternoon modern science was created!

So far this outline has been pure speculation but it is speculation based on fact. The man, just described, is a lost hero of science! He is responsible for the remarkable development in scientific innovation that has taken place over the last four hundred years and this book is the story of a quest to understand what he did and why he did it.

One of the highest honours to which a member of the scientific community can aspire is to become a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). This is the oldest and most respected scientific society in the world, its early members' names living on amidst indexes of physics textbooks - Hooke's Law, Boyle's Law, Huygens's construction, Newton's Laws, Leibniz's theorem, Brownian motion; and this is ignoring lesser scientists such as Christopher Wren, John Evelyn, John Wilkins, Elias Ashmole, John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley.

But the men who founded the Royal Society were not just the first scientists; they were also the last sorcerers. Ashmole actually belonged to a society of Rosicrucians and was a practising astrologer; Sir Robert Moray was an enthusiastic Freemason, Newton studied and wrote about the Rosicrucian concepts of alchemy; while Hooke carried out magical experiments involving spiders and unicorn's horns.

So what inspired an unlikely group of refugees from both sides of the Civil War to meet; form the world's oldest and most respected scientific society; and then go on to develop the tools of modern science? This question started a quest to understand how the Royal Society came to be formed. Where this mixture of clergymen and politicians got the idea of forbidding the discussion of religion and politics at their meetings? In an age dominated by politics and religion it was a weird thing to do.

There had to be more to this story than the superficial record revealed and so it proved to be. This book tells the story of the quest to discover the political, economic and religious background to the formation of the Royal Society and, in the process, uncovers the hidden motives of one man, Sir Robert Moray.

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