|Widow's Son, the (1985) [Novel]|
by Robert Anton Wilson
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Series: Historical Illuminatus Chronicles, the
Throughout the history of civilization, secret societies have played a crucial role in shaping events that have created our world. Only those in the inner circle of power know the full extent of the conspiracy.
It is Paris, 1772, and Sigismundo Celine knows he is destined to play an important part in this history-behind-history. The masons, the English nobility, the Jacobites, the Rosicrucians, the ruling clique of pre-Revolution France: these are but a few factions involved in the intrigues in which Sigismundo has become enmeshed. Thrown into the Bastille, shot at, attacked by assassins, tortured and brutally interrogated, he knows only what he is, knows the four souls of a human being, and what he must do to become the one spoken of in the old texts.
But what he does not know could kill him: the secret powers of Maria, the Italian beauty who has become an English Lady; the Irish fisherman Moon, who stumbles across the inner workings of an unsuspected cult; and the question they keep asking--the identity of the Widow's Son.
Original title: The Widow's Son
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ Alternate Histories