I finished reading Angels & Demons a couple of days ago and realised I wanted to know more about the Illuminati and the church. I finally made it to the library this morning, still found the place completely overwhelming but managed to speak to a librarian, tell her what I was looking for and she helped me find a couple of books.Henry Makow – Illuminati: The Cult That Hijacked the World
Bizarre and incredible as it sounds, humanity has been colonized by a satanic cult called the Illuminati. This cult represents Masonic and Jewish bankers who finagled a monopoly over government credit which allows them to charge interest on funds they create out of nothing. Naturally they want to protect this prize by translating it into a political and cultural monopoly. This takes the form of a totalitarian world government dedicated to Lucifer, who represents their defiance of God. Thus, the people who hold our purse strings are conspiring against us. To distract and control us, they have used a vast occult network (Freemasonry) to infiltrate most organizations, especially government, intelligence agencies, education and the mass media. We are being re-engineered to serve the Illuminati. They undermine institutions like marriage and religion, and promote depravity, dysfunction, corruption and division. They have orchestrated two world wars and are planning a third. Henry Makow describes this conspiracy and shows how human history is unfolding according to Illuminati plan.
I think this is going to be a little more conspiracy than I was looking for, but it was the only book the library had in. I was hoping for more factual/information based but I’ll see how it goes. I said this to the librarian and she did say if it wasn’t right, she’d help me research to find something closer to what I was looking for, even if they didn’t have it in stock
Diarmaid MacCulloch – A History Of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
How did an obscure personality cult come to be the world’s biggest religion, with a third of humanity its followers? This book, now the most comprehensive and up to date single volume work in English, describes not only the main facts, ideas and personalities of Christian history, its organization and spirituality, but how it has changed politics, sex, and human society.
Taking in wars, empires, reformers, apostles, sects, churches and crusaders, Diarmaid MacCulloch shows how Christianity has brought humanity to the most terrible acts of cruelty – and inspired its most sublime accomplishments.
I know very little about the Christian church and this sounds like it should be a really interesting read.
Dan Jones – The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors
A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies.
Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since.
In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and alleged depravity have been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.
Then, as they faced setbacks at the hands of the ruthless Mamluk sultan Baybars and were forced to retreat to their stronghold in Cyprus, a vindictive and cash-strapped King of France set his sights on their fortune. His administrators quietly mounted a damning case against the Templars, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. Then on Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and their last master was brutally tortured and burned at the stake. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable
This one was also recommended by the librarian when we were talking about the Illuminati and Freemasons. I know I’ve heard of the crusades and the Knights Templar but again, don’t know anything about them. I’m definitely curious and can’t wait to read, it sounds quite exciting for a history book
This is how we fall down rabbit holes of random, niche, interests isn’t it?
I picked up this next one on Kindle after the librarian recommended it. Their system said it should have been there but it wasn’t found on stock check.
John Dickie – The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World
A global history of the world’s most famous secret society, encompassing kings and presidents, writers and legislators, composers and entertainers, generals and entrepreneurs.
During the Scottish Reformation, when kings, princes, and popes were being toppled from their thrones, a new and secretive society was formed. The Freemasonry’s fixed rules, suggesting a connection to an ancient wisdom and known only to its initiates, attracted many antagonists, including the Roman Catholic Church, but also attracted a diverse range of members, from tradesman, merchants, actors, lawyers, Jews, and even people of color.
The Craft is a vibrant, revelatory history of the Freemasons, their core ideas, and its members, including revolutionaries (Giuseppe Garibaldi, Simón Bolívar, Motilal Nehru, and George Washington), rulers (five of England and no fewer than fourteen U.S. Presidents), and luminaries (Arthur Conan Doyle, Goethe, Mozart, Shaquille O’Neal, Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Buzz Aldrin, and Walt Disney; the Duke of Wellington, Duke Ellington, and more). John Dickie captures the mystique of Masonic secrecy, and shows why its history is too important and too compelling to be the exclusive property of the initiated as Freemasonry has had a role in shaping the world for all of us.
Again, I’ve heard of the Freemasons but don’t really know anything about them and I’m looking forward to reading it.
This is definitely how we fall down a rabbit hole about secret societies and I kind of like it
I also have quite the large Amazon delivery of books coming today. After writing about some of my childhood favourites the other day, I decided that no, I really do want to re-read these and so I treated myself to:
Of course, this is going to completely screw my recommendations because both Amazon and Goodreads are going to think I’m circa 8 years old and love fantasy, neither of which are true. But I couldn’t not re-read these after writing about them the other day.
And I think my splurge next payday might have to be a bookshelf!