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The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail [Paperback]

Richard Leigh , Michael Baigent , Henry Lincoln
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Amazon Review

Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France. What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail which befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today. According to the authors, their point here is not to compromise or to demean Jesus, but to offer another, more complete perspective of Jesus as God's incarnation in man. They claim that the power of this secret, which has, they say, been carefully guarded for hundreds of years, has sparked much controversy. For all the sensationalism and hoopla surrounding The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail and the alternative history which it outlines, the authors are careful to keep their perspective and sense of scepticism alive in its pages, explaining carefully and clearly how they came to draw such combustible conclusions. --Jodie Buller

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"'One of the most controversial books of the 20th Century'" (U.P.I)

"'Their quest for knowledge possesses all the ingredients of a classic 19th-Century mystery novel... a book that will be hotly denounced and widely read'" (Financial Times)

"'A book that cannot easily be dismissed'" (Neville Cryer, The Bible Society)

"'Has all the ingredients of an international thriller...incredible'" (Newsweek)

"'It makes compulsive reading'" (Times Educational Supplement) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Book Description

Eagerly awaited audio CD edition of "one of the most important and thought-provoking works to appear in recent years." The New Humanity --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Publisher

Eagerly awaited audio CD edition of "one of the most important and thought-provoking works to appear in recent years." The New Humanity --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

The most shattering secret of the last two thousand years

The first publication of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail in 1982 sparked off a storm of controversy that continues to this day. The enigma: a discovery at Rennes-le-Château that offers little in the way of material wealth, but whose secret rocked the foundations of contemporary politics and the Christian faith. The players: 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 conclusion: as persuasive, controversial and explosive as it was when first published over twenty years ago. The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail is not just a classic of its kind, it's a book whose findings are impossible to ignore.

'All the ingredients of a classic 19th-Century mystery novel...a book that will be hotly denounced and widely read' Financial Times

'Has all the ingredients of an international thriller...incredible' Newsweek

About the Author

Michael Baigent graduated from Christchurch University, New Zealand. Richard Leigh followed up his degree from Tufts University, Boston, with postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and Stony Brook New York State University. They are co-authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Temple and the Lodge. Henry Lincoln has been a writer for over twenty-five years, having produced more than 100 television scripts, as well as a body of poetry. He has lectured extensively, and is best known for the presentation of his own programmes on B.B.C television.
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