Does anyone know anything about the sources of the Illuminati mythology?
I've heard that they're a group of people who are secret masterminds and have done some dreadful things, but is it based on real history or prior myths?
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The following work on Freemasonry gives a broad overview of its historical development: from its origins in the era of Solomon's Temple up to the 19th century, with an emphasis on Freemasonry's plans of the past few centuries for the destruction of the Catholic Church:
Regarding Freemasonry's symbolism, see: