Robert L.D. Cooper  Author, Historian, Freemason.



Press Release Date: London, 15th September 2008


He is the inspiration for classic novels, plays and even an opera by Mozart but now the story of Count Alessandro Cagliostro and his Masonic history is revealed as never before in this engrossing new book from Phillipa Faulks and Robert Cooper.


THE MASONIC MAGICIAN(Watkins Publishing, £16.99 Hardback) tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of his Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry ever published The authors examine the case made against him, that he was an impostor as well as a heretic, and find that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a terrible injustice.


This engaging account, drawing on remarkable new documentary evidence. shows that the man condemned was a genuine visionary and true champion of Freemasonry. His teachings have much to reveal to us today not just of the secrets of the movement, but of the mysterious hostility it continues to attract.


In this hook you will discover: 

  • Count Cagliostro’s teachings reveal the true origins of Freemasonry.
  • The genuine rituals of Ancient Egypt survived unpolluted in Cagliostro’s Egyptian Rite – they have now became part of mainstream Freemasonry,
  • Cagliostro’s “secret” and explains the reasons why the Church and its Inquisition feared and ultimately condemned him.
  • Whether this man’s lifestyle would lead unvvittingly to the cascade
    of anti-Masonic persecution – and ultimately to the Holocaust.

Philippa Faulks is a writer of alternative history, mystery and religion with a special interest in the magical life of ancient Egypt. She lives in Suffolk.


Robert L D Cooper FRSA BA FSA (Scot) is a historian and leading Masonic scholar. He is the curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Museum and Library and in that capacity has access to some of the rarest books and manuscripts on the history of Freemasonry.


To request a review copy, arrange an interview with Philippa or Robert or to get more information email or call 01962 8415,11).