Dissolution of the Monasteries, Civil War, Thomas Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell and the founding of freemasonry and Zionism?

In 1746, the Abbe Larudan, a critic of Freemasonry, published his Les Franc-Macons Ecrasses, apparently the child of the author’s imagination, in which he asserted that Cromwell, in 1648, at a dinner attended by Parliamentarians, Presbyterians, and Independents, first indicated his intentions to form such a society.

The development of this scheme was related by the Abbe with particularity and in detail. Cromwell, he tells us, held his confidants in suspense for four days, after which, he consummated the enterprise in dramatic fashion. Conducting his guests into a dark room, he prepared their minds for what was to follow by a long prayer in which he pretended to be in communion with the spirits of the blessed. After this, he explained his purpose to found a society to encourage the worship of God and to restore peace. Informing the company that they must all pass through a certain ceremony, and, gaining their consent, he appointed a Master, two Wardens, a Secretary, and an Orator. The visitors were then removed to another room in which was a picture of the ruins of Solomon’s Temple. They were next blindfolded, removed to another apartment and invested with the secrets, after which, Cromwell delivered a discourse on religion and politics, so impressing the novices that all sects united with Cromwell’s army in forming a secret association to promote the principles of the love of God and liberty and equality among men, but the real objective of which was the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of the Commonwealth.

The Temple of Solomon, said the Abbe, was used as the symbol of glory or the primitive state of man, which, after some years, was destroyed by an army representing pride and ambition, the people being led away captive. Finally, the Freemasons were privileged to rebuild the Temple. The Order was divided into three degrees, the Master’s degree having a Hiramic legend differing somewhat from that later adopted. The death of Hiram represented the loss of liberty, and the confusion among the workmen represented the state of the people who were reduced to slavery by the tyrants. Cromwell is then said to have spread the Society over England, Scotland, and Ireland, the members being first called Freemasons, then Levelers, then Independents, next Fifth Monarchy Men, and, finally Freemasons.

The Abbe Larudan, like other fabricators, fell into the trap of his own ignorance. He did not know that Elias Ashmole had been made a Mason two years before Cromwell’s supposed theatrical performance, or that lodges had existed in most of the principal cities of Scotland before Cromwell was born, or that the Master’s degree was unheard of, and the Hiramic Legend, too, until sixty-five years after Cromwell’s death. The Abbe’s absurd story appears to have been composed by paraphrasing Edward Ludlow’s Memoirs in which he described Cromwell’s intrigues for the organization of a new political party, but in which nothing was said about Freemasonry.


Have you ever wondered whether the two important Cromwells in British history were related?

Henry VIII’s chief minister Thomas Cromwell who administered the takeover and sell-off, or dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s…

and Oliver Cromwell, Puritan, roundhead & general of the parliamentary army in the 1640s English Civil war…

Yes, indeed they were. Thomas’ father was the great-great-great grandfather of Oliver. Oliver was the great-great grandson of Thomas’ sister,

Oliver’s great-great-grandfather, Morgan Williams, had married Thomas Cromwell’s sister Katherine in 1497. Their three sons, Richard, another Richard and Walter, began the practice of calling themselves Cromwell in place of their true surname of Williams, in honour of their famous maternal uncle.

Thomas Cromwell’s older sister Katharine and her husband Morgan Williams, a Welsh lawyer, had a son, Richard, who later served in Thomas’s household and changed his surname to Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell was Richard’s great-grandson.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11375601/who-was-thomas- cromwell-facts-trivia-wolf-hall.html

4 thoughts on “Dissolution of the Monasteries, Civil War, Thomas Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell and the founding of freemasonry and Zionism?”

  1. From John Courtneidge courtj@myphone.coop

    In Brief

    I use the acronym TRIP-Up as an aide memoire for the five mechanisms that capitalism uses to kill us:

    T = Theft

    R = Rent

    I = Interest

    P = Profit

    Up = Unequal-pay for paid work

    Using the 2:10:88 alternative to the Occupy imposition/assertion, ‘We are the 99%!’:

    The 2% (The Theives that have stolen the world’s (God-given) economic resources) demand Rent, Interest and Profits from ‘us’, the 88%.

    Hence the slogans: ‘Capitalism js a RIP-off’, ‘Capitalism RIP’ and ‘Let’s get RID of Capitalism’ (where the D in RID stands for Dividends: Profits ‘paid’ to Shareholders).

    Finally, the 2% allow their Praetorian Guard to Tax (another entry discussion point into the letter T) ‘us’, the 88%, so that they (the 10%, and their families) are ‘paid’/take higher Unequal-pay, Perks (Perquisities: non-money extras: like Company Cars, free health care, etc) and Pensions.

    Two ps’s, perhaps:

    1) ‘We’, the 88%, are forced to do the D-jobs:

    = Dirty, Dangerous, Degrading, Dispiriting, Drudgery, etc.

    While the 10%, (The 2%’s Praetorian Guard = their ‘Protectors’), do the P-jobs:

    = Propagandists, Popes, Prelates, Publishers, Pimps, Professors, Policemen, Prison Guards, etc:

    All of whom wield John Kenneth Galbraith’s three Power Mechanisms*:

    Condign Power, Compensatory Power, Conditioned Power.

    Ie, the Stick, the Carrot and ‘Your’ telly. Or, Bullying, Bribery and Brainwashing.

    * from his book ‘The Anatomy of Power’.

    2) The ‘God-given Economic Resources’ that, when stolen, provide the four RIPUp incomes are:

    Rent: The Theft of Land provides Rent

    (eg the Theft of England in 1066 of of north America in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries)

    Interest: The Theft of The Law provides Interest

    (eg Henry VIII’s ‘legalisation’, for the first time in England, of usury in 1545)

    Profit: The Theft of Knowledge provides Profit

    ( Ie the history of for-profit trade, commerce and industry)

    Unequal-pay for work: The Theft of Position provides Unequal-pay for work

    (ie the bosses(the 10%) ‘deserve’ more than the oiks (‘us’, the 88%)).

    Hope this helps!

    And thanks, Gianne, for prompting this reprise!



  2. I can’t see where exactly the Holy Roman empire would have intervened. Freemasonry was always hooked up with the Prods long before Cromwell came on the scene. . Around 1600 the Roscrcian Manifesto was published in Oppenhiem, which is near Heidelberg. Fredrick of Palatine, (Castle with Magic gardens at Heidelberg) who married James 1st’s daughter Elizabeth took over Bohemia. Winter King .. The Emporer Ferdinand II was not amused. Battle of the White Mountain, 1618 Bohemian tragedy. Kick off time for 30 years war. Which was won by Gustavus Adolphus the Swedish King. James I kept out of it.
    Ferdinand’s aim, as a zealous Catholic, was to restore Catholicism as the only religion in the Empire and to suppress Protestantism. But he ended up getting his arse kicked. The catholics had to sign the multi faceted The Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Which was three giant steps for Protestants. Cromwell was born in 1599 so he was 19 when the 30 years war started and he only out lasted it by 5 years. So I doubt that the Emporer had time to meddle with English affairs during Cromwells lifetime.

  3. Would it be more likely that Freemasonic secret societies were created by the Holy Roman Empire to infiltrate the Protestant movement and take over from within? As it is pointed out in the article – Elias Ashmole was already a practising Freemason – ref diary entry 16 Oct 1646.

    See pubastrology.com for further evidence.

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