Lecture no. 13 from the course: The Real History of Secret Societies
Taught by Professor Richard B. Spence | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The Freemasons inspired and influenced many societies, so much so that many object to the idea that their group is secret. They don’t hide their existence. However, they did popularize the idea of secrecy: adopting a clandestine set of identifying factors, ensuring their rituals and initiations are complicated and intimidating, and even having a term for outsiders or non-members. Discover the multiple evolutions and adaptions of Freemasons, which has helped to keep this group shrouded in mystery.