1717 -  Myth, Music and Masonry


On the 17th of July 1717 a memorable performance took place on the river Thames in London. King George I and his entourage in the Royal Barge, accompanied by hundreds of small craft, journeyed up the river from the palace at Whitehall to Chelsea. In another barge, provided by the Corporation of the City of London was a large orchestra playing the first performance of George Frideric Handel's Water Music. 

A few weeks earlier another noteworthy event in the history of Freemasonry took place in London - the inauguration of the Grand Lodge of England.  On the 24th of June 1717, the feastday of St. John the Baptist, four Lodges gathered at the Goose and Gridiron Ale-house in St. Paul's Churchyard in London and constituted a Grand Lodge.

Beneath these two seemingly disparate events is a common understanding and use of biblical imagery and symbolism, both overt and covert. James North offers a fascinating exploration of the Hanoverian monarchy, Freemasonry, and the Biblical narrative of the Flood through textual, symbolic, and numerological analysis.