PRLog - March 23, 2012 - SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- SIOUX CITY, IA. The Bavarian Illuminati. Dan Brown made them a household word in his novel Demons and Angels, and conspiracy theorists have blamed them for every major political disaster since the French Revolution. The Bavarian Illuminati actually existed, and for a span of about 10 years, from 1776 until their discovery in 1786, they were very influential in Europe. Their legacy exists even today. But who were the Illuminati? What were their goals, their methods? And exactly how sinister was this organization?
Translated from German by Jeva Singh-Anand, Adolph Freiherr Knigge’s Philo’s Reply to Questions Concerning His Association with the Illuminati is the first full-length English language translation of any work by a major player of this secret and once very powerful brotherhood. This is not a book about the Illuminati; it is a translation of one of their source documents, originally written in 1788 by Adolph Freiherr Knigge, one of the foremost German writers and thinkers of his time. It is also a compact primer on the topic.
Here’s what you will discover in this book:
• A character sketch of the order’s founder, Adam Weishaupt, a brilliant thinker but abrasive man with grandiose plans to unite humanity under a common cause.
• An outline of the Illuminati’s degree system and the functions and responsibilities for each degree, including the Illuminati’s ties to Freemasonry.
• The story of the Illuminati’s rise to power from a small band of individual struggling against religious oppression to a secret network that spanned all of Germany.
• A short autobiography of one of Germany’s most profound thinkers and writers: Adolph Freiherr Knigge (1752-1796).
• The story of the schism between Weishaupt and Knigge resulting in Knigge’s resignation from the Illuminati.
Adolph Freiherr (Baron) Knigge was a prolific and respected writer whose work covers a broad spectrum of topics in the social sciences and humanities. Thanks to his three-volume treatise Practical Philosophy of Social Life or, The Art of Conversing with Men, “Knigge” has also become synonymous with etiquette. A disillusioned Freemason, he joined the Illuminati in 1780, and until his resignation from this secret society in 1784, helped turn it into a force that was respected and feared, admired and hated. The Illuminati were outlawed in Bavaria by the electoral government, and those leaders of the order who did not escape to other states were brought before secret tribunals and often imprisoned.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Singh-Anand earned his Masters of Arts Degree in English from the University of South Dakota. A freelance translator and writer, he has also worked as a public school teacher and corporate trainer.
Paperback copies of the book can be ordered online at www.bavarian-
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