This is a history of the Order of the Illuminati which unravels the many myths surrounding them. When Dan Brown's Angels and Demons dragged the Illuminati from the shadows of history he represented them as a secret sect with shadowy reaches into the highest and most important offices of power. Peggy Pawlowski unravels the myths surrounding this secretive group of 18th century philosophers and rights the wrongs of history. The Order of the Illuminati was a brainchild of the Age of Enlightenment. It was conceived and enforced by Bavarian scholar Adam Weishaupt in May 1776, two months prior to the American Declaration of Independence. The Illuminati undoubtedly played a role in the process of dismantling feudal Europe and the establishment not so much of a New World Order, but what we now refer to as open and modern society. Peggy Pawlowski has spent years in the archives of Berlin and Moscow conducting original research into the primary documents and letters of the Illuminati. She offers a serious history of the order and goes on to explore the evolution of the myths surrounding them in the works of Brown, Melanson and Darnton.
Peter Levenda is the author of The Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries and the Founding of America (Continuum, 2009) and Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult (Continuum, 2002), which has appeared in 6 foreign-language editions. Dr Peggy Pawlowski is an expert in the Illuminati and their strategies. She has held positions as researcher, lecturer and educationalist and currently works as company archivist to Aquascutum Ltd.