Palladium, Order of
Said to have been a Masonic order, also entitled the Sovereign-Council
of Wisdom, founded in Paris on May 20, 1737. It
initiated women under the name of ‘‘Companions of Penelope.’’
As proof of its existence, Jean Marie Ragon, the Masonic
antiquary, published its ritual.
The ‘‘Palladium’’ was also one name used by Leo Taxil (Gabriel
Jogand-Pagés) to refer to the Masonic order he made a
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part of his 1880s hoax, which was aimed at showing that the
Roman Catholic church secretly sponsored freemasonry.