John J. Robinson

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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.[1] He was a member of the Medieval Academy of America, The Organization of American Historians, and the Royal Over-Seas League of London.[1]

Born in Blood[edit]

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."[2] There was, however, great demand from libraries, which in turn led to positive reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.



  1. ^ a b "John J. Robinson". Masonic Service Association of North America. Accessed 31 August 2008.
  2. ^ Robinson, John J. A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right. New York: M. Evans, 1993. pp 3-4.