Florence-Chambord, or the fifth centenary of a genius builder and an inspired place. When Freemasons build their temples out of "living stones", Rabelais' genius invites himself to the Banquet. Italian hermeticism is not far away, it radiated on Europe from the end of the 15th century and is sorely needed in these dark times.
“I only build living stones, they are men”. Two centuries later, this formula would have been that of a Freemason. From the 16th century, in his abbey of Thelema, François Rabelais, the medical monk born in Chinon, combined humanism and spirituality in a refined religion that no longer interfered with the regulation of society; he devoted himself to the study of ancient texts and already dreamed of an encyclopaedic knowledge.
A little earlier, the audacity and genius of Leonardo da Vinci, Tuscany, inspired the construction of a “pagan temple”, Chambord, whose symbolism reminds many Masonic temples of it.
In the previous century, Florence, Tuscany, synthesized ancient texts that had been rediscovered, to offer it to humanity as a light, or even as a replacement, for a sclerosed and omnipotent religion. Como the Elder, patriarch of the Medicis, offered Marsile Ficin his Villa Careggi to make it the crucible of this transmutation. With Pic de La Mirandole and many others, he created the Neo-Platonic Academy, whose influence would be felt two centuries later in the English lodges, after having matured among the neoplatonists of Cambridge in the 17th century, and having adorned herself with the clothes of operative masonry and its tools.
Speakers : Michael Rapp / Bruno Pinchard
Moderator: Marie-Dominique Massoni