The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail Paperback – 2 May 1996
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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
"'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.
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More facts have come out about the truth(or lack of it) about the secret society supposedly protecting an earth shattering secret,but I still recommend buying the book because it's very well written unlike many of this genre. It contains references the reader can check.
The book will introduce many accepted facts about the knights templars,early history of christianity,merovingians and carolingians and the cathars which you can learn while taking with a pinch of salt the controversial stuff.Thats what I did and it stimulated my interest in these subjects,something that wouldn't have happened if I just had dry boring history books. By making it almost an exciting detective story it stimulates the readers interest and keeps you turning the page.
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.Read more ›
Of course, a healthy pinch of scepticism should be maintained along the way - the authors do make a number of leaps from 'possible' to 'definite' within the space of a paragraph. And the hypothesis relies on about 50 'maybes' to be true along the way for the argument to have validity. In general, the sections which deal with established periods of history (the Cathar heresy for example) hold together better as arguments. The final section of the book which deals with the period immediately after the supposed death of Jesus, i.e. a period of almost totally undocumented history, appears the most speculative.
Nevertheless, it is an exquisitely argued book which spawned a whole wave of imitators, and if even SOME of their hypothesis is proven to be correct it would be fascinating. Interested readers might also like Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco - a novel based on some of the material from this book.
The Knights Templar and their secret ceremonies, the "Rose Croix", i.e., the "Rosicrusican organiztion", "the Priere de Sion" who are believed to be behind the activities of these "fighters for justice", the Cathars, Secrets from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, the list of Grand Masters, secret parchments and headstones of graves with encrypted messages, possible information about the origins of Christianity and what really happened during and after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, actions taken by the Catholic Church in the early years and during its delineation of religious doctrine --- can anyone unravel the mysteries and secrets contained within? Knowing that these organizations and secrets have remained *exactly* *that*, "secret" for about 2,000 years or likely much longer ... dating back from ancient Egypt -- the intrigue and allure of the possible revelations ... contained within this book just grow more mysterious and enticing ...
This book begins with a mystery of its own, it grabs the readers attention and is the hook that keeps you hanging in there. At times, "hanging" is the operative word because the long list of names and places which are needed to provide authenticaiton become tedious reading indeed. Through no fault of the authors, there is a great deal of detail, these details add up to repeatable research for anyone who has the time and inclination to delve further into the subject for themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tremendous historical research but the resulting suggestions are based on that important small word 'IF'. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cyril Holbrook
If you don't mind a long read with a lot of bewildering names then it's a compelling read. Loads of research has gone into this and it is well presented.Published 2 months ago by badgerroj
Great work, ideal for those that start their investigation about controversial aspects of the Templars and geopolitics in the Middle Ages. I certainly read it again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nico
One of the best produced books I have ever had the pleasure to own and read.I bought it to replace the earlier editon of this book, and the quality of the illustrations and print... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paulm
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