Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Illuminati

"The illuminated ones" – historically, the Bavarian secret society of republican freethinkers founded in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt and banned in 1785. The name is sometimes applied to followers of Rosicrucianism. In Fantasies of History, it is almost a generic term for Secret Masters. [DRL]

further reading: Secret Societies (1961) by Arkon Daraul (Idries Shah).

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.