William Godwin (1756 – 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist whose involvement in securing universal education for women is not historically important enough to inform students of; particularly in the public schools he fought for them to have access to. Godwin is best forgotten for having formulated anarchist theory, believing in human immortality, and for his final book: Lives of the Necromancers. Godwin was the husband of feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Godwin, author of Frankenstein and wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Despite chronicling legends of ancient royalty, philosophers and religions utilizing necromancy, electricity weapons, robots, flying machines, head transplants, cybernetics, weather control, talking animals, size changing fairies, elementals, invisibility potions, sympathetic magic, super strength, alchemists that cured cancer, completely realistic illusions that feel like a life time but really lasted seconds, people showing up hundreds of years after they disappeared, and a dragon with teeth that grow into adult humans within seconds; Lives of the Necromancers is effectively invisible to modern conspiracy theorists because it doesn't have the word "aliens" in the title. It also mentions an instance of a priest in Rome using a magic lantern projector combined with drugged smoke to give the appearance of demons.
- Full text of Lives of the Necromancers at Project Gutenberg (being a 19th century text, its copyright has expired)