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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (November 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140274669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140274660
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Baigent is a New Zealander who has lived in the UK since 1976, and Richard Leigh an American who has also been here for many years. Together they collaborated on the international bestseller THE HOLY BLOOD and THE HOLY GRAIL. Baigent lives in Winchester, Hampshire, Leigh in London NW3.

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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I started reading this book thinking it would be a simple history of the Inquisition. It turned out to be much more. If you want to understand the modern Catholic Church, this book is for you. It contains an incredible amount of information on how the Church became what it is today. The authors are brilliant at explaining the history in a very simple yet complete way. They take the reader through the complexity of the politics behind the religion. They seperate the State from the Church. It will surprise you. I thought I would lose a bit more of whatever respect I had left for the Church after reading this book. Maybe I did. But I also gained a profound understanding of HOW it got to be what it is today. Fan or foe, you should inform yourself about this powerful institution that is the Catholic Church.
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By John M. Wasilnak on July 12, 2013
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A book I've been looking for, about the Inquisition, the Church, The Vatican, and Secret Societies keeping secrets. Thanks for the great book and fast ship.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Beaulieu on February 6, 2009
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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,OF COURSE,WOULD RATHER NOT SEE A BOOK OF THIS
NATURE IN PRINT.OH,THE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN THE NAME OF RELIGION.
SHAME! SHAME ON THE CHURCH FOR IT'S MURDEROUS ROLE IN THE ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE MINDS OF MANKIND. THE FIRST GENOCIDE WAS CHRISTIAN AGAINST
CHRISTIAN (NOT THE NAZI EXTERMINATION OF THE JEWS DURING WW2) WHEN THE
CATHARS OF SOURTHERN FRANCE WERE PUT TO THE TORCH BY THE MERCENARIES SENT
BY ROME IN THE 13TH CENTURY. IT'S ALL HERE IN THIS HISTORY FOR ALL TO READ. LONG OVERDUE. I HAVE HEARD IT SAID,"FOR A BAD PERSON TO BE BAD IS EASY. FOR A GOOD PERSON TO BE GOOD IS ALSO EASY. BUT FOR A GOOD PERSON TO BE BAD TAKES RELIGION."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Farrokh Jal Madon on December 26, 2013
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If schools taught history in an equally easy to digest way, a whole generation would be history addicts. Extremely thought-provoking.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By newshound620 on June 26, 2011
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This book is an apologia for religion and especially the Catholic Church. The fact that one church, and Christianity, could control lives with fear, superstition and dogma, says a lot about the veracity of the human mind. The authors make excuses for the Inquisition at the same time that they catalog the cruelties heaped on Europeans for centuries.
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