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Creating suspense on behalf of innocent sources,
This review is from: Spear of Destiny: The Occult Power Behind the Spear Which Pierced the Side of Christ (Paperback)
I have of late actually read Walter Johannes Stein's book on the Ninth Century and the Holy Grail in the light of world history and found the mere basic facts underlining The Spear of Destiny substantiated. These historical facts are then used as the foundation for dramatic and sensational information, which, I remember, went down well with my youthful imagination back in the early 1970's, when everybody believed the world was coming to an end, which it was not, and that therefore anything sounding drastic and radical enough would do. It's highly strange to create sensationalism about a book (that is, Stein's) which is anything but sensational, rather a work of meticulous, almost pedantic erudition and scholarship, probably in the hope that few of Spear of Destiny's readers are likely to read it anyway. Then again, without Ravenscroft's book, the world would be kept in ignorance about these things; for some reason this book penetrated into unlikely "segments", probably aware of Hitlers' occult connections from another bestseller, "Morning of the Magicians", curiosly guilty of the same tendency to mention a book for sensational material, which is does not contain at all, in this case Jack Fishman: The Seven Men of Spandau, a harmless account of the lives of Hermann Hess and others in prison. No sensation, no readers?