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Charles (Karl) Theodor Elector of Bavaria
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Ruler that destroyed the Bavarian Illuminati.
Ruler that destroyed the Bavarian Illuminati.
Born 1742-12-11
Died 1799-02-16
Catholic ruler that outlawed the Bavarian Illuminati and the Freemasons.
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Several ex and discontented members of the Bavarian Illuminati got word up to Duke Karl about plans the Illuminati had against seated royalty and the Catholic church - which the Duke was both. The Duke issued an edict which stated that all secret societies that were unauthorized by the government were illegal and to be disbanded. The edict did not specifically state that the Freemasons and the Illuminati were the targets, but the groups were not authorized and fell under the persecution of the government of Bavaria.
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In an effort to disband the Illuminati and Freemasonry in the country of Bavaria the then Duke Karl Theodor issues a ban on the practice of subversive secret societies. Unlike the first edict this one specifically bans Freemasonry and the Order of the Illuminati by name.