Sunday, 27 August 2017

Rosslyn Chapel Book Review


Circle Network Book Review: ROSSLYN REVEALED - A Library in Stone by Alan Butler and John Ritchie Hardback £19.95 Published by O Books

Rosslyn Chapel is the most extraordinary church in the UK but so much has been written about it already that I wondered what Alan Butler and John Ritche would be able to add. Butler is a Templar expert and an astrologer and he joined forces with a local expert on Rosslyn, John Ritchie to explore the chapel. 


After ten years of investigation they have made some important discoveries. A small five-sided ‘light box’ inset into the Eastern window was designed to let the rays from the planets Venus and Mercury shine into the church. This has been interpreted as having mystical significance. This also provides an indication that the building was an astronomical observatory, such as the stone circles that abound throughout the area. As the researchers pored over ancient archives, they discovered that a traveller and polymath, Sir Gilbert Haye, was in Scotland at the foundation of Rosslyn. The landowner, Earl William Sinclair, was also there and they built the church to preserve the faith of the Ebionites, followers of John the Baptist. In the fifteenth century when the church was dedicated, Catholicism was undergoing a renaissance and was both lenient and liberal but there was always the threat of another Inquisition of the type that persecuted the Templars to extinction. Rosslyn was built with ambiguous symbolism; to overtly reflect the legend of St Matthew, when he planted his staff in the ground of Myrna and a Garden of Eden blossomed throughout the countryside, whilst covertly preserving the spiritual pre-eminence of John the Baptist. Oaths and ceremonies were undertaken, and the secret brotherhood of Freemasonry was founded at this site to protect the Ebionite faith and to demonstrate the magnificent arts and crafts of the stonemason. 

Also by Alan Butler
Sheep: http://mbsmagazin.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/sheep-by-alan-butler.html#.VJAyXNKsUbg
The Goddess, the Grail and the Lodge : http://mbsmagazin.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/goddess-grail-and-lodge.html
and co-authored: Rosslyn Revisited : http://mbsmagazin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/rosslyn-chapel-book-review.html#.VI9JutKsUbg



Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

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