"Smith and Piccard explore unexpectedly vast territoryin Secrets
of the Holy Lance." -- Nexus: New Times Magazine, Vol 13, No 1, January - February 2006
... provides a nice balance between historical exposition and
speculation as to what the talisman really is. -- Jaye Beldo in Mysteries Magazine Vol. 4 No. 4, Issue #15, Fall/Winter 2006
The passages recreating the Crucifixion alone brings new frontiers
of discussion to the most celebrated event in human history -- Don Harkins of The Idaho Observer
From the Publisher
According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, as Jesus
Christ hung on the Cross a Roman centurion pierced His side with a spear. A
legend has arisen that "whosoever possesses this Holy Lance and understands
the powers it serves, holds in his hand the destiny of the world for good
Also called the Spear of Destiny, this strange relic has been written about
for nearly two thousand years. Trevor Ravenscroft captured the world's
attention with his 1972 opus The Spear of Destiny. In 1988-89 Col. Howard
Buechner released two books that became underground classics, Hitler's
Ashes and Adolf Hitler and the Secrets of the Holy Lance. These picked up
where Ravenscroft left off, with the Spear leaving Europe to hide for a
while beneath the ice of Antarctica.
Since then the Spear of Destiny has appeared in scholarly tomes, novels,
and even comic books: including Indiana Jones And The Spear Of Destiny,
Hellboy, andHellblazer, which gave us 2005's box office miss Constantine.
SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE: The Spear Of Destiny In History & Legend by
Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard, weaves together the many threads of the
Spear's legend like no book before it has. SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE places
this legend against the backdrop of world history: from its mythical
creation by Tubal-Cain, seventh generation grandson of Adam, to its
appearance at the Crucifixion; its use by Constantine, Rome's first
Christian Caesar; to Charlemagne's claim that with it he ruled the Holy
Roman Empire by Divine Right; and on through twelve hundred years of kings
and emperors, until it came within Adolf Hitler's grasp -- and beyond! Did
it really rest for a while in Antarctic ice? Is it now hidden in Europe,
awaiting the next person to claim its power to shape the destiny of
mankind? Or is it just an old spearhead, with no powers of its own?
SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE seeks to pierce the veil of myth and mystery
around the Spear. Mere belief that it was infused with magic by virtue of
its shedding the Savior's Blood has made men kings. But what if it's more?
What are those "powers it serves"?