Freemasonry, friendship and noblewomen: The role of the secret society in bringing enlightenment thought to pre-revolutionary women elites

@article{Burke1989FreemasonryFA,
  title={Freemasonry, friendship and noblewomen: The role of the secret society in bringing enlightenment thought to pre-revolutionary women elites},
  author={J. M. Burke},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  year={1989},
  volume={10},
  pages={283-293}
}
  • J. M. Burke
  • Published 1989
  • Sociology
  • History of European Ideas
During the eighteenth century there was a dramatic rise in the number of groups and organisations involving women. This article will use mixed-gender freemasonic lodges of adoption as an example of the new sociability among elites in France and will probe the influence of those secret societies on their women members. It is the position of this article that masonic relationships in these lodges represented a certain kind of intense friendship generally known as Fraternity, that this profound… Expand
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