About the Book
In today’s world, where transparency, equity and inclusion are key concerns, the Freemasons appear to be an anachronism. One of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world, Freemasonry is a closed society that admits men only. Their closely guarded and highly codified craft, which is characterized by the use of ritual, regalia and symbolism, has generated suspicion, fear and conspiracy theories. Hossack traces the mysterious story from the Ring of Brodgar, through the abbeys and cathedrals of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Kirkwall, to Rosslyn Chapel, Greyfriars Kirkyard and Holyrood Palace and, finally, inside several Masonic lodges.
Leslie Hossack’s photographs have been exhibited across Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland and in the United States. Focusing on the conflicted environment of the mid-20th century, Hossack has completed major studies of historic locations in Vancouver, Paris, Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Kosovo, London, Normandy, Vienna, The Channel Islands, Rome, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Articles about Hossack have appeared in publications in Canada, the US and the UK. Her work is held in private collections at home and abroad, and in public collections including: Library and Archives Canada; Canadian War Museum; Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum; Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum; Nikkei National Museum; City of Vancouver; National Churchill Library and Center, Washington DC; and Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna.