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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining nonsense, 22 May 2006
This review is from: The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail (Paperback)
To an extent. Some of what is contained in this book is documented historical fact, and as a professional historian, I'm always delighted when material is presented in a fashion that interests a wider audience. I view this sort of thing as the written equivalent of a cinematic 'historical' epic. Is is particularly accurate? No. But it doesn't pretend to be either -the authors do stress that many of their conclusions are conjecture, no more. What it is, is entertaining, and will introduce people who might never otherwise have taken an interest in history to, to take a single example, the Crusades. And that's fine by me -it might well prompt them to take a greater interest in history in the future.

There are inumerable problems of course. For each of the documented facts, there are at least a dozen erroneous ones. Much of the source material utilised is questionable at the very best. And yet I still find myself unable to condem them, as I would with many other books, for, as I mentioned above, they stress the fact that their conjectures lack proof. The book itself is actually well written for what it is; unusual for a book with several authors, it is sensibly set out, the style[s] is / are fluid and readable, and it's good fun.

Some suggest this book is blasphemous. Fair enough, that's their opinion, though I don't share or even understand it. As far as I know, there is nothing in the Bible, or accepted Christian doctine, that states that Jesus could, or perhaps I should say, 'should' not, have been married. I don't believe it (part of me would like to), but I fail to see what is so very wrong about the idea. He was supposed to be a Man as well as the Son of God -that was the whole point insofar as I am aware. Still, if you are going to be upset by it, don't bother to read. Save yourself the money, the time, and the raised blood pressure. The rest of you -give it a try. Something to look at on holiday, provided that you go in with a mind open enough to accept a new idea, and sceptical enough to appreciate the limitations.
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Initial post: 11 May 2009 14:15:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2009 14:27:49 BDT
J. Stirling says:
I usually don't let other people's reviews influence me on whether to buy a book, but I must say reading these three reviews have been very helpful, especially "Entertaining nonsense". I was in two minds whether to purchase it, but I can't wait to get stuck in now.

I love getting lost in a book and shutting out everything that's going on around me. I am also very open to the idea put forth by the authors, but also possess a sceptical side just to keep me in check!

So thank you S. Lindgren, for your well balanced argument. Reading it was the clincher for me to part with my hard-earned cash!

Above all, I want to be entertained by a book, and I am confident I will be with this one.

Happy reading all!

P.S (Post Script, or Princess Sophie?!) I'll be back with my review once I am done reading!

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 23:40:00 BDT
G. Andrean says:
The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail
I have being reading this book, the italian version. I found this review unfair. As this gentleman declare to be an historian profassionist, I suggest this gentlaeman to read more about the biggest frode of the history, performed by the Vatican regarding the Donation of Constantine, which resulted a document fabricated in the second half of the eighth century, purporting to be a record by the emperor himself of his conversion, the profession of his new faith, and the privileges he conferred on Pope Sylvester I, his clergy, and their successors. According to it, Pope Sylvester I was even offered the imperial crown. That letter was a forgery, and the power they gained by appointing them selves was unlimited. They used it to crown all the king of europe, including The Holy Roman Empiror. I would like the gentleman to look into the crusade against the Catars, this is na historical fact not fan. I also would like to say to Mr. S. Lindgren that, the historian are the first having dirty hands. They know that the they have manipulated the people opinion by hiding them the whole European History from the IV Century. The Vatican have manipulated the world, with untruth statments and threatening with God's ponishments if they was unable to achieve what they wanted. I would like to ask the gentleman, if he remember anything about the inquisition. I also would like to ask him one only question: can you tel me who has written the Gospels, in which langage, who has chosen which gospel to put in the Bible and why the Vatican at that time have chosen only four Gospels and not others.
Best regards
Giacomo

Posted on 29 Sep 2013 21:41:56 BDT
hermione says:
Thank you for an open unbiased review .I found your opinion/ tone refreshingly open and direct . As I travel through this book I am sure I will have your review brought to mind now and again . It may assist my ability to weigh up all the information / conjectures that I find . It, may even add to my knowledge of a few historical landscapes.
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