Talk:Comacine masters

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This article was nominated for deletion on 25 January 2006. The result of the discussion was keep. An archived record of this discussion can be found here.

fuddlemark (fuddle me!) 07:53, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Citations and Verification needed[edit]

This article needs verification or at least some source citations. I have been studying the history of Freemasonry for many, many years and this is the first reference to something called 'Comacine masters' that I have ever come across. It seems absolutely rediculous to say "according to the history of the Freemasons" when the vast majority (if not all) masonic histories do not even mention them. Blueboar 19:12, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

OK... I have found and added the source citation (which had been edited out during an earlier revision): A History of Freemasonry by H.L. Haywood and James E. Craig, pub. ca 1927. However, I still have a problem with verification. Just because one group of authors say that these people existed and were precursors to Freemasonry does not make it true, or worthy of an article on Wikipedia. In the interest of harmony I will wait a while, but unless someone objects I am going to ask that this article be deleted. Please comment. Blueboar 15:25, 5 January 2006 (UTC)

Give me a few days. I'll check my library, because I'm sure I've got a reference to it someplace (Mackey or Waite or somebody). However, if there is no more verifiable info to be had than what's already there, I think we should AfD it. Was anything locatable via Google that was of any use whatsoever? MSJapan 17:29, 5 January 2006 (UTC)
Nope, nothing useful on Google. Most of the hits either point to the Haywood and Craig essay at Pietre-Stones, or to articles that quote it. However, let's give it some more time before submitting an AfD ... someone thought it was worthwhile to create an article about these so called masters, and I would like to give them a chance to respond before I do anything drastic. If no one speaks up for keeping the article after a week or two, we can revisit the AfD issue.Blueboar 19:33, 5 January 2006 (UTC)
I actually found a little bit more on google, at Yes, it is the Haywood article on Pietre-Stons, originally published in 1923 in The Builder, however, THAT article cites Leader Scott, as does which is a transcription of something presented in 1909. I believe the most interesting connection is the suggestion that the four crowned martyrs were the patron saints of the Comacine Masters. IF they were, this leads to speculation as to why there is a Freemasonic Lodge named for them. The article could be changed to reflect that some have suggested the Comacine Masters as the originators of Freemasonry, and list the counterpoints. It is a theory that did exist, and has later been debunked. Of course, at this time, there are also questions beginning to arise regarding the actual verfiable existence of the Lodges that supposedly met in 1717, as some are asserting that only two fo the Lodges can be proven to have existed.--Vidkun 16:18, 17 January 2006 (UTC)
I have started the AdF process. Please add any comments at the AdF page. Blueboar 15:38, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

I've just come wandering by this discussion and thought it pertinent to note that i have another source that also mentions, nearly verbatim the previously quoted source: "...fled to Comacina, a fortified island in Italy's Lake Como..." There are some loose citations included in this book. A Lombardi edict, etc.The source: "Sacred Geometry: Symbolism and Purpose in Religious Structures" by Nigel Pennick, Harper and Row Publishers, San Frncisco, 1980. Maoquai 01:53, 3 October 2006 (UTC)


I'm writing the article altought english is not my first language, help is very appreciated :-)
I'd also like to delete all the freemasonry part because on freemasonry article is clearly stated that

It is thought by many that Freemasonry cannot be a straightforward outgrowth of medieval guilds of stonemasons

Can I safely do it? --Melaen 17:49, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

No. That "thought by many" nicely avoids any citation of the source of the comment (we will have to fix that), but true or not, the alleged connection is part of the interest in the Comacine Masters, and not to present it is POV. MSJapan 17:58, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

I've deleted the claim that Comacine master came from the island comacina, it's sole source is from the freemasonry link : <Her thesis is that the missing link is to be found in the Magistri Comacini, a guild of architects who, on the break-up of the Roman Empire, fled to Comacina, a fortified island in Lak e Como, and there kept alive the traditions of classic art during the Dark Ages; that from them were developed in direct descent the various styles of Italian architecture; and that, finally, they carried the knowledge and practice of architecture and sculpture into France, Spain, Germany and England. Such a thesis is difficult, and from its nature not susceptible of absolute proof, but the writer makes it as certain as anything can well be.">

and I haven't a clue from where was the 1598) reference

Now that we are starting to get more information here, I have reconsidered having this as a candidate for AfD... It certainly seems that the Comacine Masters were a real, historical group and thus worthy of some sort of article. I am still not convinced that they should be linked to the Freemasonry category, but that is another issue (not one that ties into the AfD issue.) Since I was the one to place the AfD on the page... I will remove it. Blueboar 21:32, 25 January 2006 (UTC)
Woops... I notice that Wikipedia does not want people to remove an AfD tag until officially looked at by the arbitrators. That means I will NOT remove it after all (at least not until someone "in charge" tells me it is OK to do so). Hopefully they will see that we have been working to improve the article and will deside to keep it. Blueboar 21:38, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

article needs to be clean up maybe sections whould be meOo7565 19:35, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Why not I Maestri Comacini as well? [1] and [2]-- (talk) 14:04, 9 May 2008 (UTC)