- Paperback: 489 pages
- Publisher: Dell Publishing (January 15, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440136482
- ISBN-13: 978-0440136484
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 622 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France. What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail that befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today. The authors' point here is not to compromise or to demean Jesus, but to offer another, more complete perspective of Jesus as God's incarnation in man. The power of this secret, which has been carefully guarded for hundreds of years, has sparked much controversy. For all the sensationalism and hoopla surrounding Holy Blood, Holy Grail and the alternate history that it outlines, the authors are careful to keep their perspective and sense of skepticism alive in its pages, explaining carefully and clearly how they came to draw such combustible conclusions. --Jodie Buller
From the Inside Flap
Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete?
? Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross?
? Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists?
? Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom?
? Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail?
According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible ? they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.
"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."
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In a television interview, the author said his book is not wholly original. He used the (earlier) works of others as research.
Very descriptive writer. You can imagine witnessing some of events...as though you were actually there.
Are any of the ideas and theories real? That is for you to decide...
When I saw this later 2005 edition in hard-cover and with dust jacket, with new material, I had to buy and read it, too!
This 2005 edition of Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (HBHG) is a 511-page tome with glossy pages containing: color and black and white maps, color paintings, color and black and white photos – all to enhance and clarify the content of the book.
Because of the size of this 2005 book, there are now adequate margin areas for easy marking, jotting, highlighting, and even adding sticky notes to mark very important information. This book in many ways resembles a textbook.
For readers who aren’t European and haven’t studied some of the earlier cultures of people who had lived there, this book is a great introduction to present and explain some of these communities of people, who have ties into the topic of this book.
HBHG starts out with deliberate, and slowly-accelerating information for a reason: to build up a well-researched case for the main topic. This, then, raises questions and then answers them systemically. What this does is to have the reader go through a sort of ‘tempering’ process much like that of making a very sharp sword. This sharp, tempered sword then becomes the reader, who has learned to cut away the dross and only keep that which is pure and un-touched.
When the Da Vinci Code book came out in 2003, I thought of this 1983 book. I thought of it again, when I read this 2005 book, with the addition of so many fine graphics, especially the ‘Apprentice Pillar’ in Rosslyn Chapel (page 211) near Edinburgh, Scotland. And specifically for people all around the world involved in Masonry. And more specifically for those ‘raised’ in Scotland. Or with Scottish ancestry.
Like the Da Vinci Code, I could not put HBHG down!
The stage is set in the 1st chapter for the rest of the book: 1. A public library; 2. A book (and who checked it out); 3. A poor ‘man of the cloth’; 4. A Chapel; and a 5. A vast fortune.
How could these disparate entities lead to the topic of this book? Read the book to find out!
There are 3 pre-Chapter sections in this book: 1. ‘Acknowledgements’, 2. ‘Introduction’, and ‘Introduction, 1996’.
Next are 14 main Chapters divided into 3 Main Parts.
PART I: The Mystery:
Chapter 1. ‘Village of Mystery’; Chapter 2. ‘The Cathars and the Great Heresy’; Chapter 3. ‘The Warrior Monks‘; and Chapter 4. and ‘Secret Documents’.
PART TWO: The Secret Society:
Chapter 5. ‘The Order Behind the Scenes‘; Chapter 6. ‘The Grand Masters and the Underground Stream‘; Chapter 7. ‘Conspiracy through the Centuries‘; Chapter 8. ‘The Secret Society of Today‘; Chapter 9. ‘The Long-haired Monarchs‘; Chapter 10. and ‘The Exiled Tribe‘.
PART III: The Bloodline:
Chapter 11. ‘The Holy Grail‘; Chapter 12. ‘The Priest-King Who never Ruled‘; Chapter 13. ‘The Secret the Church Forbade‘ ; and Chapter 14. ‘The Grail Dynasty‘.
Buy the book to find out the subheads of all 14 main Chapters.
Finally, there is Chapter 15: ‘Conclusion and Portents for the Future’. Here are the following 8 subheads:
B. Appendix 1: The Alleged Grand Masters of the Prieure de Sion
C. Appendix 2: The Compte de Chambord and the French Throne
D. Appendix 3: Eastern European Literary Figures
E. Appendix 4: The Order or the Fleur de Lys
G. Notes and References
Anyone interested in history, genealogy, Europe, the Middle East, secret societies, Masonry, ‘enlightened knowledge’, religion, current affairs (with a hidden hand reaching back into the past), etc. will devour this book.
HBHG is a book of which I have bought multiple copies and given them out to friends to: read, discuss, and then get online to: read relevant articles on the same topic and watch documentaries, Round Tables, etc. By doing this, we can all share and discuss main ideas and discuss areas in which there may be multiple opinions. Many of us are avid readers and have travelled and lived abroad, so all of us have an interest in this topic.
Their description of the Middle Ages, the Knights Templars,The Holy Grail, the early church and of course their rendition of the story of Jesus..
was daunting and believable. Read it and decide if you agree with what they have to say to the world.
I must say that I've given away dozens of copies of this in paperback and hardcover editions. So far, everyone who I've had read it has thanked me for giving them an excellent realistic detective story to ponder.
I've purchased the "Illustrated" hardcover edition recently as the earlier tome is getting quite "dog-eared" by now, and I simply LOVE that edition!
I would recommend this book to anyone with an inquiring mind.
As in most conspiracy theory books the authors pile on numerous coincidences, few of which are significant, in an effort to construct a coherent story of a dark sinister secret known only to a few. The usual: "throw enough stuff at the wall and some of it is bound to stick', approach is all too evident.
All the same, probably a necessary read for devotees or detractors of The DeVinci code. But don't suspend your intelligence. The thesis is about as valid as that attributing the Kennedy Assassination to the plot between Jackie and LBJ.
But then, I know some folks who are convinced of that one, too.