ISSUE 19, October 2006
Editorial
Historic: Rabbi and Mason
Travel: Morocco's exotic charm
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Working with Youngsters: The Grand Master goes fishing
Community Relations: Saying it with flowers
International: Spanish Freemasonry under the microscope
   Events: Grand Lodge Award; Royal Masonic Variety Show
Specialist Lodges: Masonry on the canal
Freemasonry and Society: A Churchman's view of Masonry
Education: Toast of the town and Events
Young Masons: The Universities Scheme
Library & Museum: The Freemasons's Tontine
Masonic Charities: The Grand Charity and NMSF and RMTGB and RMBI
Letters
Book reviews
Gardening

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The largest and most influential series of international academic conferences on the history of Freemasonry are those organised in Spain by the Centro de Estudios Históricos de la Masonería Española (Centre for Historical Research into Spanish Freemasonry), whose founder and president is Professor José Ferrer Benimeli, of the University of Zaragoza.
    Professor Benimeli is probably the world’s leading historian of Freemasonry. His many publications include, most recently, an authoritative bibliography of Freemasonry which lists nearly 20,000 publications.
    The conferences began in 1983 and, thanks to the charismatic leadership of Professor Benimeli, now regularly attract professional historians from universities all over the world. The published proceedings of the 2003 conference contain over 60 scholarly articles on the history of Freemasonry on subjects ranging from the life of the Duke of Wharton, Grand Master of English Freemasonry in 1722 and the founder of the first Lodge in Madrid, to General Franco’s attacks on Freemasonry.
    This year’s conference, the 11th in the series, took place in the attractive town of Logroño, the capital of the Province of La Rioja in northern Spain, whose celebrated wines will be familiar to many readers of MQ. The conference focussed on Spanish Freemasonry during the life of Práxedes Mateo-Sagasta, the Spanish liberal politician of the 19th century, and the conference was jointly organised with the Fondation Práxedes Mateo-Sagasta.



The building of the Parlamento of La Rioja, where the official opening of the conference was held

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