The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

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A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of the Pyrenees, which enabled him to amass and spend a fortune of millions of pounds. The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turn into an unprecedented historical detective story - a modern Grail ques leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret societies, the Knights Templar, the Cathar heretics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and a dynasty of obscure French kings deposed more than 1,300 years ago. The author's conclusions are persuasive at the core is not material riches but a secret - a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village to encompass the whole of Western civilization. Its repercussions stretch all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Century, c2005.
Edition: Illustrated ed.
ISBN: 9781844138401
Characteristics: 511 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Leigh, Richard 1943-
Lincoln, Henry 1930-


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Considered blasphemous, and banned in some countries for its anti-Catholic sentiment.

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Jul 18, 2017

very fun to read but take it and the history it presents cautiously >> good to get ideas for fiction or films but actuall history is suspect ~ 420 I read it years before Da vinci code

Aug 22, 2012

very educational with several theories explored

Mar 08, 2012

Interesting fiction! I say only because the whole basis of the book is based upon "Dossiers Secrets". This was written by Pierre Plantard and Philippe de Ch%C3%A9risey under the pseudonym of "Philippe Toscan du Plantier." It meant to show lineage back to the Merovingian dynasty. They wanted to revive the monarch in France in the 1960's.

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