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Darkness Over All: John Robison and the Birth of the Illuminati Conspiracy

Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 17:32

Conspiracy theories of a secretive power elite seeking global domination have long held a place in the modern imagination. Mike Jay explores the idea’s beginnings in the writings of John Robison, a Scottish scientist who maintained that the French revolution was the work of a covert Masonic cell known as the Illuminati.