posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 09:19 PM
Casanova, the world-renowned romantic, became a Mason in Mystic Brotherhood Lodge in Lyons, France in 1750. He appears to have also been a member of
the Rite of Perfection and Rite of Strict Observance. He never expressly mentions these writes by name in his memoires, but does mention that he had
received “higher degrees”, and gave his opinion that they added nothing to the degree of Master Mason. Due to his friendship with Cagliostro, he also
may have been a member of the Egyptian Rite. Goethe even vaguely hinted that Casanova had belonged to the Illuminati of Bavaria (Goethe himself was a
co-founder of the Illuminati, and his statement is probably accurate).
Cagliostro has gained the reputation of a swindler, but that reputation is not deserved. There was a misunderstanding that concerned a an expensive
diamond necklace belonging to a Countess that went missing. Cagliostro was accused of theft. He was, however, later exonerated after the necklace was
found, but unfortunately, he is still sometimes mislabeled as a thief and charlatan.