John J. Robinson
John J. Robinson (c.1918-1996) was an American author and historian, best known as the author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, which was originally intended as a book about the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, but instead traced the fall of the Knights Templar, which he connected to the rise of Freemasonry. As a result of his research for this book, he became more interested in Freemasonry and subsequently wrote A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right. He is also credited as being the "founding visionary" of the Masonic Information Center run by the Masonic Service Association of North America. He was a member of the Medieval Academy of America, The Organization of American Historians, and the Royal Over-Seas League of London.
Born in Blood
Robinson's first work, Born in Blood, traced the connections of the Knights templar and the Freemasons. It is considered an important work, but its initial reception was very poor: Robinson relates in the preface to A Pilgrim's Path that "not even one newspaper in the United States saw fit to review a book that had the word Freemasonry in the title." There was, however, great demand from libraries, which in turn led to positive reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
- Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry (1990) ISBN 978-0-87131-602-8
- Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades (1992) ISBN 978-0-87131-657-8
- A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right (1993) ISBN 978-0-87131-732-2
- "John J. Robinson". Masonic Service Association of North America. Accessed 31 August 2008.
- Robinson, John J. A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right. New York: M. Evans, 1993. pp 3-4.