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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Watkins (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842931660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842931660
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,454,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Knight invested seven years conducting research into the origins of Freemasonic rituals. His first book, The Hiram Key (1996), co-authored with Robert Lomas, became an instant bestseller and has since been translated into 37 languages selling over a million copies worldwide. Alan Butler, an engineer, but fascinated by history, also became an expert in astrology and astronomy. He has researched ancient cultures, pagan beliefs and comparative religion and has published four successful books the Knights Templar and the Grail legend. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By paintbrush on 31 Aug. 2012
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This book is very interesting because it presents an array of mathamatical calculations that are based on what has been surveyed at archaeological sites. The maths can be verified throughout, although it must be accepted that many of the "findings" are the assumptions of the authors - what some reviewers have scorned and criticised as nonsensical convoluted thought. But let us be absolutely straight here, the authors are creative and imaginative and what they present is valid if perhaps overly imaginative at times.

The Megalithic Yard and the Minoan Foot are demonstrated, as a matter of fact, to be superior for all convenient terrestrial and celestial calculations (Relative for Sun, Moon and Earth - but not the planets!) and this is to be admired. The authors are intelligent and supply the reader with a wealth of genuinely fascinating and sometimes bewildering information. The accuracy of their findings from the archaeological point of view are highly debateable, but from the theoretical point of view, what they present is valuable and more than a little interesting.

To sum up, it really doesn't matter if the content of this book has any basis in fact or if it is the pure invention and wishful thinknig of the authors because the information is so useful and enlightening. A truly fantastic read which persuaded me to purchase "Who Made the Moon" by the same authors(I'm awaiting its arrival at the time of this review). From reading the reviews of that book I already know that I shall certainly not agree with the conclusions that the authors present but -just like with this gem of a book - I shall enjoy the "facts" along the way and draw my own conclusions as a result. That is what you can do as well with these thought provoking and thoroughly stimulating books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Howard on 15 Aug. 2013
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Ancient history has always been among my favourite subjects. I found the theories expounded here really interesting and very plausible. Well documented and researched.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GH Norris on 8 Nov. 2013
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There are a lot of numbers here but it is easy to follow and I never know measurement systems could be so interesting. This really makes you think about the possibilities of information surviving a lost civilization in the distant past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RogRB on 21 Feb. 2014
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Absolutely fascinating reading.
Pooh poohs a lot of the old myths.
Have spread the word by giving talks based on it.
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The question of measurements being so close all over the world at the same time in history has now been answered, at least in part. It makes so much sense that I wonder how it has been overlooked for so long? I am not a religious person but I think these guys are onto something that could well change the we think about the world, the universe and even ourselves. Thinking outside the box isn't necessary when reading this book but a pocket calculator just to check out the math might help you to sleep better. I know I used one because I wanted to be sure that it was all correct and therefore true. I even bought some barley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 11 Dec. 2014
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Excellent, nothing new but brings it all together beautifully.
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32 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2005
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When I first read this book, I was blown away. The authors put forward a good case and compared the similarities of the Megalithic Yard (MY) to other existing measurement systems (eg the current imperial system) and showed how values like the earth's circumference were integer numbers in the megalithic system.
However, a couple of things really annoyed me about this book. The author tried to make it like a thriller, so there are lots of 'exciting' 'phone conversations. Secondly, the conclusions they draw are too broad and the final third of the book (the bit with Jefferson and megalithic music) is dreadful, awful speculation.
The authors of this book claim to be 'outside' the establishment and believe their findings to be ignored because they would fundamentally change how we think about megalithic man. Their conclusion is that 'Magi', 'Watchers' or an advanced civilaization taught the Sumerians/British megalithic men how to work out measurements etc. I believed them and their credible evidence, until I read that they were both Masons. Knight is a Mason, Butler has written on the Templars and probably is also a Mason. Did Prince Michael of Kent pay them to write this?
Worth reading from a library if you are interested in wacky theories or stone circles. But I am warning you, the writing style grates and the conclusion really stinks!
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By Geoffrey Clift on 30 Aug. 2014
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I think that everyone ought to read this book, especially if they are interested in where we come from. Geoff
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