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The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail | [Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln]

The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail

At the core is not material riches but a secret, a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village to all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail.
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Publisher's Summary

A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of the Pyrenees which enable him to amass and spend a fortune of millions of pounds. The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turns into an unprecedented historical detective story, a modern Grail quest leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret societies, 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 authors' conclusions are persuasive. At the core is not material riches but a secret, a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village to all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail.

©1983 Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln; (P)2006 Random House AudioBooks

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"Enough to seriously challenge many traditional Christian beliefs, if not alter them." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Like Chariots of the Gods?...the plot has all the elements of an international thriller." (Newsweek)

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    Caroline San Jose, CA, USA 05-24-07
    Caroline San Jose, CA, USA 05-24-07
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    "changing history as we believe it to be"

    Very thorough, am enjoying back and listening a second time to absorb all the information. I recommend this book for those interested in the "Jesus as man, not Messiah" idea. Great for French history as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Vikki
    West SussexUnited Kingdom
    6/6/06
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    "A well researched book."

    I listened to this book having had a basic understanding of most of the groups and theories involved, The Knights Templar, The Bible, The Priory of Scion etc, and I think this is well explained and well researched description of the connections that could be made between them. However I did feel they presented certain theories as fact without giving sufficient explanation and leaned heavily on assumptions, creating some very tenuous links. I think if you listen to this with a balanced and perhaps slightly skeptical ear you will find it very entertaining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    7/15/08
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    "True or Not"

    Basically lets look at what we are saying is true or not true here. What you read or listen to in the pages of this or the after the event, concocted for the good of the church load of rubbish that is written in the bible.
    The thing for me is that some place all their faith in a book we know was put together giving a slant in favour of the church in the 5th centuary.
    My thoughts expressed here may lead some to think I am not a spiritual person but I believe Jesus survived the cruxifiction and lived on for many years.
    Try looking at him as a mortal, you may get closer to him that way

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Banbury, Oxon., United Kingdom
    1/7/07
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    "Entertaining Nonsense"

    The premise behind this tale is that Mary Magdalen bore Jesus a child, the descendents of which joined the ancient Merovingian families of France and survive to the present day.

    The evidence given for this is based on parchments allegedly discovered by Berenger Sauniere in Rennes Le Chateau in the 19th Century combined with documents released by an organisation called the Priory or Sion through the 1950s and 1960s.

    There are a lot of holes in the evidence and an astonishing number of assumptions made. Also I ask whether the members of the so called Priory of Sion in its modern form have some sort of motive in perpetrating a hoax that took in the authors.

    Nevertheless, this is an entertaining and well narrated audiobook based around an intriguing but ultimately unproven hypothesis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Tayport, Fife, United Kingdom
    3/22/08
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    "Dissapointment"

    I had been looking forward to listening to this book for some time and was completely dissapointed. After all the hype about the contents of the book being or not being stolen and transformed into the Da Vinci code I could not believe how boring it was. It was a book I placed into the archive and it will not be coming out again.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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