Illuminati: 12 Facts About One of History’s Most Fascinating Secret Societies

  • Emma Slattery Williams
  • BBC History Extra

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Badge of the Bavarian Illuminati

Illuminati is the name given to both a real society formed 245 years ago and a fictional society.

The fictional version fuels conspiracy theories to this day, including claims that it was a secret and mysterious global organization whose intent was to take over the world.

Supposedly, they were behind some of the greatest revolutions and assassinations in history.

But who were the Illuminati really? Is it because they say they control the planet?

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