Royal Arch Freemasonry is an important part of the overall Fraternity of Masonry. It is a sovereign body, but at the same time, an integral part of the fabric of what the general public see as Freemasonry. Its history is synonymous with the rise of Freemasonry in England during the 16th and 17th centuries, which rose from the practices of the operative masons when building the great monuments throughout England and Europe.
The " traditional Masonic history" which takes as it's allegorical basis, the Biblical accounts of the building of King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, is extended in the Royal Arch by using the Biblical history of the destruction of the temple and the enslavement of the Hebrews. Their release and the rebuilding of the Second Temple over the subsequent centuries, is the Royal Arch basis for colourful " parables" to convey it's principals and the tenets to those masons who joined its ranks.
GRANT ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER