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2000 AD, the Templar's Revenge
on 26 February 2016
Brilliant searching reflection on the shadier side of Western history. A collage of historical quotes, narrative and personal diaries, layers of propaganda and fantasy massaging credulity only to be broken down, absorbed and rehashed by publishers and self publicists. A conspiracy handbook of the cult world of secret societies set against the backdrop of Italian politics.
The theme derides conspiracy theorists only to set the year for the Templar's revenge as 66 years after 1944. Whist Umberto Eco claims these things are silly nonsense he couldn't have picked a worse year as an example, but that's assuming you believe he doesn't believe in conspiracy theories.
Just as his characters often own collections of rare literature such was Umberto Eco's fantastic personal library and one wonders what he came across during the research for this book. I think his point is that the more fantastic the conspiracy theory the greater the smoke screen. The question becomes, why do theories do their best to cover what they claim to be exposing. No prizes for answering that one.