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Angels and Demons – Facts and Fiction

I am sure that after reading the book Angels and Demons most of us would have googled to search about Illuminati and the its age old fight with church. Even i did. below are few of my findings ( through different sources )

  • In the book Langdon tells the story of “la Purga” as follows: “1668, the church kidnapped four Illuminati scientists and branded each one of them on the chest with the symbol of the cross, to purge them of their sins. And they executed them”. In reality there was no such incident in 1668 or ever where scientists were branded and executed.
  • Galileo never wrote a book known as  Diagramma veritatis.
  • Copernicus died at the age of 70, of a stroke. The claim that he was “murdered by the church for revealing scientific truths” is sheer fiction.
  • The name “Vatican Secret Archives” is somewhat misleading. It is the historical name of the Vatican Archives but, at least from the end of the 19th century, any scholar with credentials (Catholic or non-Catholic) has no more trouble accessing documents there than in any other major archive throughout the world.
  • In the 16th and the 17th century there was a sizeable Catholic literature in English. Scientists wrote mostly in Latin. While in the book it is mentioned that Latin was used by the church and English was the language used by scientists.
  • The Order of the Illuminati was established on May 1, 1776 at the University of Ingolstadt, then part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, in Germany, by a professor of law called Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830). Weishaupt originally claimed that the Illuminati originated with the last King of Persia who was a Zoroastrian by religion, Yadzegerd III (†651 d.C.), although he confused him with Yadzegerd II (†457 d.C., King of Persia from 438 to 457), and built a whole genealogy listing many famous historical characters. When Knigge joined the Order, he asked Weishaupt for evidence of this genealogy. Weishaupt wrote back in January 1781 that the genealogy was an “innocent lie”, in fact needed because not many would have joined a newly established order.
  • In the book Brown locates Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome at Piazza Barberini, a half mile from its real location. He puts Santa Maria del Popolo at the southeast corner of the piazza, though it’s actually on the north side, and describes Langdon looking up at its “rose window,” though the church’s circular window lacks the stone mullions and traceries of a rose window.
  • Book claims that a plaque in the Pantheon indicates that Raphael’s body was only relocated to the Pantheon in 1758, and that he was originally buried in Urbino. No such plaque exists, for the excellent reason that Raphael was buried in the Pantheon from the start.
  • One art-related charge made in the book is the notion of Pius IX’s “Great Castration” of Vatican City’s male statues in 1857, which supposedly involved the pope taking a mallet to the male organs of every single statue in the Vatican. The truth is that fig leaves were added, but the statues were not castrated; rather, subsequent efforts to remove the leaves proved more damaging than leaving them in place.
  • Brown presents the “West/Ponente” tile as an all-important clue left by Gianlorenzo Bernini, who designed St. Peter’s Square, supposedly pointing the way to the next location in the book’s scavenger hunt. For another thing, the current wind-rose markers aren’t Bernini’s work at all. According to http://www.StPetersBasilica.org, they were added three centuries later, under Pius IX

I hope you find all of these informative and if you come across more of such details, please let me know.