- Hardcover: 340 pages
- Publisher: Element Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862044724
- ISBN-13: 978-1862044722
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rex Deus: The True Mystery of Rennes-Le-Chateau and the Dynasty of Jesus Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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About the Author
Marilyn Hopkins was born in Totnes, England. She spent ten years studying various forms of Christianity and esoteric spirituality. She has contributed to seminars, talks and lectures and is co-author with Tim Wallace-Murphy of Rossyln: Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail.
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"The story which begins with hints of buried treasure turns into an in-depth historical investigation, a modern Grail quest... and a secret which could rock the Christian Church to its foundation."--from The Introduction
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The book is in five parts and moves chronologically over the last 2000 years. The first part deals with the history of Rennes-les-Chateau in the Langudoc and how it relates to Rex Deus. Part Two takes the reader through the Holy Land to Europe and the transformation of Ebionite thinking to an empirical created religion in which the families of the Rex Deus group went underground to ensure their survival from the newly invented Catholic Church. Part Three opens with the Knights Templar era and provides the reader with renewed appearances of the Rex Deus families with their extension into monastic orders as the Cistercian Order and Knights Templar which raise havoc with the Roman Catholic Church. This “Head to Head” confrontation leads to the “Inquisition” commencing at 1209 in a crusade against fellow Christians, The Cathars. The authors spend much time on the Knights Templar to allow transition to Scotland and the development of the Freemasons via the St. Clair family. Part Four opens with an excellent chapter on the history and controversy of the Turin Shroud and its relationship to Rex Deus and the Catholic Church. It then transitions into Freemasonry and the Chivalric Orders and their relationship to a prominent Rex Deus family the St. Clairs of Rosslyn Chapel fame.
Finally, the last portion of the book brings the reader full circle back to Renne-les-Chateau and the 20th Century and the impact and relevance of Rex Deus in the New Millennium. This book provides a radical new view linking forces over the last 2000 years of human religiosity and the message that Jesus came to reveal and enlighten not provide redemption. I am very impressed at the knowledge base and effort put forth into this text and will read it again.
The problem with this glut of books is that they have created a bizarre feedback loop; each book takes as fact the previous books' suppositions and uses them to prove or further their own theories. The bibliography of Rex Deus contains "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and "The Sign and the Seal", among others, though, in true academic fashion, the authors are careful to discredit the work of the other researchers, even while using their work as research of their own. Here the authors outline the theory of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", then say they think it's all nonsense. But *their* theory, that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, who escaped with Jesus' children to France after the crucifixion and founded a sacred bloodline, called "Rex Deus", is perfectly logical.
Different in Rex Deus is the addition of an anonymous informant named "Michael" who claims to be a member of the Rex Deus clan. Sadly, he is unable to provide any proof of this, as the desk containing the sacred documents has gone missing. Michael feeds the authors anything and everything they want to hear and they gleefully write it all down and present it as fact.
The first half of this book is fascinating, presenting the Rennes-Le-Chateau mystery, a thought-provoking interpretation of early Christianity, the formation of the Knights of the Temple and a plausible explanation for the Knights' strange behavior. The book quickly becomes bogged down in a dull recitation of Rex Deus comings and goings, family alliances, politics and muddled reporting, so the last half to one-third of Rex Deus is slow going.
Overall, though, I enjoyed reading this book. I like conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries, and plan to read more of the bibliography that is somehow less than the sum of its parts.
What attracted me of this book and the other books I read after it, is that it touches the topics I had questions about since I was a little boy regarding religion. I went to a catholic school in my home country and I found it annoying that my questions were not answered in a straightforward manner. The answers I got shed more clouds than answers. Now I see why.
Rex Deus has opened a door for me... a door that is leading me to find answers. I have recommended these books to friends and colleagues and I found a very receptive response, not all of course.
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