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Brotherly Love: Freemasonry and Male Friendship in Enlightenment France

Kenneth Loiselle


Friendship, an acquired relationship primarily based on choice rather than birth, lay at the heart of Enlightenment preoccupations with sociability and the formation of the private sphere. This book argues that Freemasonry is an ideal arena in which to explore the changing nature of male friendship in Enlightenment France. Freemasonry was the largest and most diverse voluntary organization in the decades before the French Revolution. At least 50,000 Frenchmen joined lodges, the memberships of which ranged across the social spectrum from skilled artisans to the highest ranks of the nobility. Th ... More

Keywords: male friendship, Enlightenment, France, Freemasonry, French Revolution, masculinity, emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452437
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Loiselle, author
Associate Professor of History, Trinity University