Italian historian Roberto de Mattei, whose columns we bring you here first in English each week, was stateside in Washington, D.C. last night. Below are his prepared remarks, well worth a read:
Roberto de Mattei
The Cosmos Club - Washington.
March 27th 2017
Anniversaries in 2017
As in the lives of men, anniversaries are also celebrated in the lives of peoples. And 2017 is full of anniversaries; not all anniversaries however, merit a cake with candles.
The most talked about anniversary has been Martin Luther’s. Five hundred years have passed since October 31st 1517 when Luther nailed his 95 theses on the great door of Wittenberg Cathedral. An action which would set in motion the so-called Protestant Reformation and mark the end of Medieval Christendom.
Two centuries later, on June 29th 1717, The Grand Lodge of London was founded. This event is considered the birth of Modern Freemasonry, which in turn, is directly connected to the French Revolution. The Masonic Lodges in effect, were the intellectual, operative laboratories in which the Revolution of 1789 was hatched.