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Holy Blood, Holy Grail

by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh (Author), Henry Lincoln (Author)

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Series: Holy Blood Holy Grail (1)

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A revolutionary study explores the startling information uncovered in mysterious parchments unearthed in a small French church that reveal new insight into the mystery of the Holy Grail.
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This is by far the best hoax I've ever read. Read this before you go on a road trip through rural France. It'll really give you the heebee-geebees. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
Ok, rather detailed in constructing theories and possibilities about some mysterious’secret’ passed through the centuries. Good on history, especially French medieval history.
  skulli99 | Aug 13, 2021 |
A lot of speculation and leaps in logic. ( )
  diazc18 | Mar 28, 2020 |
Yeah, I admit to wanting to shelve this under humor. I admit to reading this book, knowing full well what I was getting into. I admit to being intrigued by the very honest mystery of Sauniere and Rennes Les Chateaux in general. I admit all of that, and readily.

From a speculative history/alternative history standpoint the book is pretty much fine. From the standpoint of actually trying to be history? It's not so great. The bulk of the book is based on pure speculation, on trying to tie all the strings together just-so that it all makes sense. It's walking on a highwire while balancing spinning plates - it's dangerous work, and something is bound to get smashed sooner or later.

Being interested in Biblical history, I found a lot of faults with that portion of the book. This isn't from the viewpoint of "dear lord, offended Christian" or anything of that sort. This is from the view point of "Um. Textual critics don't actually believe that the Gospel of John is the most historically viable.. why are you saying this?" The problems mounted faster and faster the deeper they ran with this, until I was finally tempted to set the book aside.

Being brave, I picked it back up.

I've owned this book for ages, and I originally purchased it because I wanted to see where [b:The Da Vinci code|968|The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)|Dan Brown|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1303252999s/968.jpg|2982101] got the bulk of its research from. Well, I finished it. I'm proud of myself. Now to move on to something better. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This is a good book overall, and seems to be very well researched.

What I like is the rather dry manner in which the authors have written the book. Anyone expecting shocking revelations at the turn of every page will be disappointed.

While the dry style is good, it also means that there are times when your attention wavers, and can make grasping the complex links a bit challenging.

The main conclusion is, however, tenuous in my opinion. Establishing a bloodline with genetic data is difficult enough, and to establish a 2,000 year old bloodline on the basis of documents even more so. I would think that there is some speculation here.

That Jesus Christ was a mortal man, married, and was deified later is entirely possible. I have my own country, and the myths of Rama and Krishna to attest to this possibility. ( )
2 vote RajivC | Jun 1, 2018 |
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Knjiga je nastala kao rezultat zainteresovanost autora za misteriju Rene-I-Šatoa, odnosno ruševina srednjovekovne tvrđave u njegovoj blizini. Tragajući za odgovorima na ovu misteriju oni su nas uveli u mističan svet vitezova templara, tajnih pergamenata, mistike u tajnim društvima, njihovim ritualima, odvodeći nas do samih osnova hrišćanstva i pitanja da li je ono što nam govori današnja Biblija istina ili spretni falcifikat. Rasvetljavajući nam same početke hrišćanstva kroz materijalne dokaze koji su odoleli vremenu i uništavanju od strane onih kojima nije odgovaralo izvorno hrišćanstvo.
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Baigent, MichaelAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leigh, RichardAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lincoln, HenryAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On January 18, 1982 The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail was published in England.
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In 1969, en route for a summer holiday in the Cévennes, I made the casual purchase of a paperback.
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We believed at first that we were dealing with a strictly local mystery—one confined to a village in the south of France.
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A revolutionary study explores the startling information uncovered in mysterious parchments unearthed in a small French church that reveal new insight into the mystery of the Holy Grail.

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