Adolfh Freiherr Knigge
- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 3
German writer and Freemason.
Knigge served at the court and in the administration of Hesse-Kassel and then, for a time, attended to his own estates. A rationalist and Freemason, he was from 1780 to 1784 a member of the Illuminatenorden, seceding just before the Order was proscribed. In 1791 he took up an administrative post as Oberhauptmann in Bremen. Knigge is the author of several, mostly satirical, novels. He also wrote three novels on travel modelled on Sterne. He is now chiefly remembered as the author of the didactic work Über den Umgang mit Menschen (1788). The phrase ‘nach Knigge’ has for long been a proverbial reference in queries on manners and social conduct, obscuring his unflinching stand for the Rights of Men.
He died 6 May 1796.