John J Robinson attempts to reinterpret old events in a new, fresh manner, which has a tendency to make historians and fans alike, a little nervous. Within the chapters and pages of Born in Blood is a unique and fresh approach to Freemason history. Most of the Masons five million plus members believe that Freemasonry developed from the medieval federations of stonemasons. Robinson attempts to prove there is a very different origin for the largest fraternal organization in the world. Born in Blood challenges primordial conceptions by offering explanations and links to the Freemasons and the previously influential, commanding and powerful Knights Templar sect. Robinson claims that due to progressive and violent persecution, the Knights were forced underground, compelled to become a secret subversive society steeped in secrecy, politics, religious, economical and social dedication to self-improvement and contribution, all while maintaining the high level of clandestine sacrament and symbology. While many may question the new information established within Robinson’s born in Blood, there is clear evidence within Robinson’s supposition that allows obvious and comprehensible clarity to precedent Freemason inquiry, convincing even the most inquisitive skeptic to take another look at the idea that the medieval revolt against feudal property owners and various establishments of royalty was a highly organized, premeditated upheaval, not by the hoc people, but by the Knights Templar to get revenge against their adversaries and persecutors. Robinson further contends that the leader of the peasant revolt was a Mason leader named Walter the Tyler, providing a never-before examined link between the peasant medieval revolt and the Knights Templar and the Freemasons.
The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus – frequently abbreviated simply as The Hiram Key – is a popular 1997 book on Freemasonry written by co-authors Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas. Given that both are in fact practicing Masons, the book is loaded with all sorts of interesting theories and information that seem emblematic of an insider’s point of view on the subject matter. And some very fascinating subject matter it is – the old adage is that controversy sells, and in the case of The Hiram Key, that wise old marketer’s saying proves absolutely true. The central argument of the book is that the ancient foundations of the Christian religion are in fact distortions by none other than the early Roman Catholic Church itself regarding the teachings of Jesus and his followers. According to Knight and Lomas, in Masonry, there exists a new way to unlock the true secrets of civilization – as opposed to the allegedly false beliefs purported by many modern Christians. The book has in fact been marketed as a sort of “true story” and tell all regarding the historical Jesus Christ, as well as his original Jerusalem Church.