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Key to the Sacred Pattern: The Untold Story of Rennes-le-Chateau Hardcover – November, 1998

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Since 1972, Lincoln has made a career out of exposing the secret of a small village in the Pyrenees. The secret seems to have changed since Lincoln, a television writer, first began his investigation. Originally, it was about a lost treasure. In the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982), the secret was that Jesus survived the Crucifixion and escaped with Mary Magdalene to France, where they had children. Now the secret has something to do with what Lincoln calls "structured landscapes": equidistant geographical points that, when plotted on paper, form pentacles. Although he's not exactly sure what this means, he proposes that it proves the ancients had much more sophisticated measurement abilities than previously thought. If this were the whole book, readers, especially those not schooled in geometry, would lose interest fast. Fortunately, most of Lincoln's story is about how he came to uncover the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau and some of the adventures and misadventures he's had along the way. Fans of the popular Holy Blood, Holy Grail will probably devour this, but others may think the real mystery is, How does Lincoln keep twisting the topic into new books? Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Henry Lincoln has been writing about the mystery of Rennes-le-Château for thirty years. His other books include The Messianic Legacyand The Holy Place. He lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312214847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312214845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though this book is split into two sections, there are really three distinct parts.
In the first Henry Lincoln gives a "light" account of his adventures with Rennes-la-Chateau. For those who've read The Holy Blood & the Holy Grail it is fun to hear of his first trip to Rennes, or his first meetingwith Plantard.
The second part is a recounting of the "purely objective" parts of the mystery. It's all pentagons, but not as obsessive as THE TOMB OF GOD.
The third part is admitedly speculative. If you've read the "Affirmations" section of The Dilbert Future, it's like that. Saying that there is not satisfactory proof for the thesis, but that it is worth investigating, he describes the layout of Bornholm island, Brittany, and Norway. There are some weird coincidences, like the persistance of the name "Rennes" (or something similar) in all these locations, but nothing is proven.
The last ten pages, which are part of the third section, argues that the English system is ancient and based on the distance between the poles. It's weird, possible, and not proven.
If you've just heard about Rennes-la-Chateau this is not the book for you. If you've already read much of it, and want some less heavy information about it, The Key to the Sacred Patternis the book for you.
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In a lot of ways this book is really Henry Lincoln responding to the BBC2 television programme "History of a Mystery" which did much to disprove not only his own book ("Holy Blood, Holy Grail") but the derivative work "Tomb of God." This is also Lincoln's way to distance himself (only slightly, however) from the Priory of Sion story (which has very much been proven to be a hoax) and stick more with the geometry aspects of the story (which were really investigated first by David Wood in 1985).
This book is basically just Henry Lincoln setting down the events of his creation of the BBC "Chronicle" programs in the 1970s that opened up the alleged mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau to the European community. He wants to show the path he took to allow people to see that he was not "duped" as he has often been accused of and that the path he followed was logical. To a certain extent, it probably was logical. However, what Lincoln fails to acknowledge in this book (and all his other books) is that Jean Luc-Chaumeil, who does get mention in "Sacred Pattern," basically "ratted out" Pierre Plantard and the alleged Priory of Sion. Chaumeil's work has shown that the Priory was nothing more than a hoax that was started up by Pierre Plantard, who really was in a group of the same name that was started in 1956 by Andre Bonhomme. Thus, Lincoln was "duped." As was Gerard de Sede before him. He fell for the hoax, realized it, and then tried to latch on to another element of the "mystery" that seemed to have more promise and did not involve a "secret society." Lincoln also never mentions the massive contributions to the "mystery" by Jacques Riviere, Pierre Jarnac, and Rene Descadeillas.
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There is a peculiar hostility to information coming from the "Grail publishing industry", that began with the English publication of Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982). Peculiar because book authors like Lincoln provide much clearer and much more documented historical perspectives on European history in general than many one-dimensional "public consumption" historiographies you may have have been force-fed in a school somewhere which really think "they have it." Well, I have to tell you. Histories that ignore these issues will always have it all wrong.

Above, for example, I have noted screed "reviews" of the book, where certain things (without reviewers' bothering to enlighten us on data for their hotheaded pronouncements) on so called "confirmed hoax" of this thing, and the "lies" of the pentagonal frameworks. All those words without information is just fluff taking up reviewer space and taking up your mind.

I have to enlighten you. Read Lincoln, because he deserves to be credited for ten years before others (1991 the first publication of these issues I think in a more public form, than simply occult venues; 1997 for this book). By the way, what he describes as the "pentagonal geometry" links up with what others academically call "archaeoastronomy".

This wider issue of archaeoastronomy (large geographic architectures of laylines, buried caches at such intersections, waybills, etc.), are instrumentally still being engineered as "late" as the U.S. Civil War to hide treasures, or they are found in the design of cities like Washington DC, or even the capital area of Israel.

There is an unbroken "occult geomancy-elite" tradition in European history that Lincoln stumbles upon.
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Did people whom we think of today as 'prehistoric' and even 'primitive' actually have a greater knowledge of mathematics, surveying and what are called 'correspondences' than we moderns? The 'sacred pattern' of the title is a bunch of circles, pentagons and hexagons and other symbolic figures which has been found writ at large - over some seven square miles - in the landscape of a small area of rural France. Henry Lincoln, infamous for his 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' now takes us on a sensible, believable journey of discovery. This account is fascinating reading: it is not wooly New Age stuff; Lincoln sticks to the very remarkable facts of the landscape, and arouses an astonishing number of questions about our early ancestors.
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