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on 12 June 2013
The authors have really worked very hard and long on this book. I am not an unbeliever but have always had trouble believing in the Bible in it's entirety. Also I have find organised religion of any kind untenable. This is purely my own opinion, however it was very pleasant to find writers who have open minds and wish to share their theories and ideas with other readers. I have read quite a few similar books, inc Holy Blood,Holy Grail, and The Jesus Papers to mention 2. Altho this is not a new book, it is new to me, and I found the way the book has been put together ties up and explains ideas which helps us to explore new possibilities. It is not an easy book to read, but worth persevering with. It looks at many of the historical secret societies, the mystery surrounding Le Renne Chateau, the historical Jesus and the role of Mary Magdalen and her relationship with him and the other disciples.
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on 18 March 2012
This edition is a 2007 update of the original edition of 1997 and takes account of comments and subsequent findings. The book is controversial as it addresses the question of who Jesus really was. Was he the true Messiah or was John the Baptist intended to be the chosen Christ? Whilst the authors have not convinced me with all of their arguments, their book is well sourced and researched and more than worth reading. The book takes its readers through Templars, Cathars and other esoteric groups. This is certainly a fertile area for conspiracy theories. I am glad to have read this book. It is certainly thought provoking. Make of its conclusions what you will.
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on 1 March 2013
Let's face it, who wasn't convinced by the Priory of Sion hoax? So it's hard to blame Picknett and Prince for their trusting adherence to the tale and the reliance they took on board to support some of their claims. That said, it's well worth a read - Dan Brown certainly did! It tries to provide a sober and educated analysis but irritatingly over-uses italics to emphasis the importance or relevance of words they feel the reader may miss. In 2013, it's more of a contemplation than a revelation.
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on 6 April 2018
A very good book but tended to drag a bit at times, that's why it has only got 4 stars.
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on 26 November 2012
This book is based on a lot of supposition which you can believe or not. Their research has been excellent. The problem I have with it is not the subject matter at all, in fact a good deal of it only confirms a lot of my beliefs, I find that the regular occurence of refering back to a point, or stating that a point will be discussed later takes a little out of it and sometimes the whole point is devalued.
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on 28 April 2018
this updated version is great better than original
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on 22 May 2018
Many Thanks
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on 19 October 2015
Just started reading this book. I can't put it down. I have ordered another four of Lynn Picknett's books. Everything I suspected is in this book.Da Vinci code move over.
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on 12 June 2005
This is a book to really make think and question the past. I know much of it is speculation but they do seem to have found a pattern or trail that shows an alternative view of Jesus and the Templars. The book is well referenced and researched.
It does not follow the theory of a secret bloodline of Christ like the Da Vinci Code or Holy Blood, Holy Grail in fact it disagrees with these ideas and exposes the many holes in that theory. They do seem convinced that the Priory of Sion is real but even if it wasn't their hypothesis does not rely on it anyway. Anyone who was fascinated by the analysis of Da Vinci's paintings will love this book as the beginning chapters show more curious messages that you just cant deny suggest he had some very unorthodox ideas...
It has made me question the origins of Christianity, I find the "Egyptian connection" really hard to dismiss. There are other explanations for similarities between other religions with Christianity, try 'The Jesus Mysteries' for another view altogether.
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on 4 June 2017
Offers a lot but just stumbles with proof, still a great read
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