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~Free E-pub ♸ Holy Blood, Holy Grail ⚖ A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of The Pyrenees which enables 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 than , years ago The author s 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 all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail I first read this about 15 years ago It seems that Dan Brown may also have done so.The original book, and the revised edition I read several years later, put forward compelling arguments in favour of an alternative history of the established religious version propounded in canonical teaching Although cleared of plagiarism, Dan Brown appears to have drawn heavily on much of the source material as did the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail.The authors at no point claim that their theories are f I first read this about 15 years ago It seems that Dan Brown may also have done so.The original book, and the revised edition I read several years later, put forward compelling arguments in favour of an alternative history of the established religious version propounded in canonical teaching Although cleared of plagiarism, Dan Brown appears to have drawn heavily on much of the source material as did the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail.The authors at no point claim that their theories are fact They make it clear that they are putting forward a hypothesis regarding what might have taken place, based on many esoteric sources as well as sources accepted to be established historical fact The amusing part is that although it is a well researched and well written thesis, it readslike a thriller than any fictionalised accounts that followed The da Vinci Code included.Reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail led me to several other books The Bible most people who claim to have read it have not they have read sections of it, often as directed by a minister The Nag Hamiadi Scrolls in English translations of the so called Gnostic Gospels Jesus the Man by by Barbara Thiering alternative theories by a biblical scholar about where and how the story of Jesus took place, based on learnings from the Dead Sea Scrolls to name but three I would say that those three books, along with Holy Blood, Holy Grail are essential reading for anyone who wishes to read up on and understand the origins of Christianity for most people, the history will prove to be far stranger than most fantasy plots The fact that I read horribly written books about templars, and things of that ilk, is one of my shameful secrets I don t believe a word that I ve read, but they suck me in That part in the Dan Brown book don t remember if it was DaVinci or Angels where he was listing off the books in that guy s library I have all those booksOh the shame This book, as all similar books, could be about 200 300 pages shorter as they restate their theories in multiple ways They also all seem to use the s The fact that I read horribly written books about templars, and things of that ilk, is one of my shameful secrets I don t believe a word that I ve read, but they suck me in That part in the Dan Brown book don t remember if it was DaVinci or Angels where he was listing off the books in that guy s library I have all those booksOh the shame This book, as all similar books, could be about 200 300 pages shorter as they restate their theories in multiple ways They also all seem to use the same source material, as the mostly contain the same info This is one of the better written, however I read The Da Vinci Code and it made me want to read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which was apparently the only book Dan Brown based his own research on.Only problem with all the research Holy Blood, Holy Grail is at best laughable They ll tell you something like, Person A knew Person B who was at a play that Person C also attended, though we have no knowledge they actually knew each other Further, Person B was born in Italy and from all that we know that Person C passed on essential inform I read The Da Vinci Code and it made me want to read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which was apparently the only book Dan Brown based his own research on.Only problem with all the research Holy Blood, Holy Grail is at best laughable They ll tell you something like, Person A knew Person B who was at a play that Person C also attended, though we have no knowledge they actually knew each other Further, Person B was born in Italy and from all that we know that Person C passed on essential information to Person A about the nature of Christ It makes so much sense I expected, at any chapter, for them to suggest that really aliens had come down and given vital information to a certain individual and that s the real secret Come on, people Were you taught no critical thinking skills If you like conspiracy theories, have at it I would think that anyone who read the Da Vinci Code would feel compelled to see where Dan Brown got his information The fact that almost all of it is from this book Not a good point for Dan Brown and his best seller Jesus was born of a virgin, raised the dead, turned water into wine, and was resurrected after his crucifixion OK BUT SAYING THAT HE HAD CHILDREN IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING IN THE WORLD Wink, wink, nudge, nudge I read this book when it was first published and it s speculations have fertilized my thinking since then Even if the thesis is wrong, the wild, richly detailed landscape you cross with it is thought provoking and conspiratorially satisfying.In the 90s a possible liar claimed to h Jesus was born of a virgin, raised the dead, turned water into wine, and was resurrected after his crucifixion OK BUT SAYING THAT HE HAD CHILDREN IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING IN THE WORLD Wink, wink, nudge, nudge I read this book when it was first published and it s speculations have fertilized my thinking since then Even if the thesis is wrong, the wild, richly detailed landscape you cross with it is thought provoking and conspiratorially satisfying.In the 90s a possible liar claimed to have fraudulently placed the priory of zion list document in the French library where Baigent did his research, making Baigent s book total fiction But why should we believe this person s claims over Baigent s Because he said he did so I recommend this book for those who enjoy a fine mystery, a detailed trip through history, an appreciation for art, and who question religious dogma.For scholarly alternate histories of Jesus I recommend The Nazarene Gospel Restored by Robert Graves Joshua Podro yes, they agree that the Rabbi Jesus would have wed and, The Mythmaker by Hyam Maccoby If the Holy Grail is your thing I recommend the old, anonymous QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL Powerful, sad, beautiful moments from this work still linger in my psyche, thankfully I originally approached the book with the idea that even if the history was wonky, it will be entertaining to read I was sorely disappointed It was uphill all the way, especially in the middle, when you get bogged down in all those dynasties.However, I m giving it two stars for the chapters towards the end The speculations in there have given the myth lover in me have onego at the Bible, and the enigmatic figure of the Christ.Overall opinion A boring book with some entertaining specu I originally approached the book with the idea that even if the history was wonky, it will be entertaining to read I was sorely disappointed It was uphill all the way, especially in the middle, when you get bogged down in all those dynasties.However, I m giving it two stars for the chapters towards the end The speculations in there have given the myth lover in me have onego at the Bible, and the enigmatic figure of the Christ.Overall opinion A boring book with some entertaining speculations Reading this book is like slogging uphill through a mudslide after a while you lose track of where you are, and it doesn t seem worth the effort to keep going. This is book is a great example of academic dishonesty The first half of the book is very well documented, and sets the reader up for the idea that the two authors are dealing with hard facts When the conjectures and meat of the book begin though the sources stop getting cited, and assumptions are made which have no basis except for the authors fantastical logic Saying things like, of course this is well documented but where , or setting up as a premise something that they admit is unknown This is book is a great example of academic dishonesty The first half of the book is very well documented, and sets the reader up for the idea that the two authors are dealing with hard facts When the conjectures and meat of the book begin though the sources stop getting cited, and assumptions are made which have no basis except for the authors fantastical logic Saying things like, of course this is well documented but where , or setting up as a premise something that they admit is unknown, and then turn the unknown into a truth later in the book, with no basis Not that I m shocked by theircontroversial conjectures, or find the ideas contained in this book as absurd, just that they do a grave misjustice to the readers trust in the way they present the information I must have picked this book up around the time it came out, which would have made me a sopho in high school.When I became a real historian, I came to realize just how much of it was hyperbolic tripe but even as a youth, I understood that 90% was speculation to put it kindly.The two things it did do for me were 1 Reveal a Dark Age world of Europe that I hadn t encountered before.2 Gave the alternate history buff in me a whole new set of what ifs to think about. Probably the oldest surviving piece of hot gossip still in circulation Jesus had an affair with Mary Magdalene, which resulted in a child Members of the post Dan Brown generation may have trouble believing this, but I hadn t heard a single rumour before I read this book Really