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The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ Paperback – Bargain Price, November 12, 1998
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Lynn Picknett is a writer, researcher, and lecturer on historical and religious mysteries. Her seminal book, written with Clive Prince, The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, inspired the New York Times bestsellers The Da Vinci Code and The Secret Supper. They are also the authors of The Sion Revelation: The Truth About the Guardians of Christ's Sacred Bloodline. She lives in London, England.
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All of that being said, I actually enjoyed the book even though the evidence presented for the "revelations" is less than convincing. It did cause me to re-evaluate the evidence on which I base my own belief system and that is something we should all do from time to time.
If you asked the two writers to defend their arguments one by one to a bright high school debating group they would be torn to shreds and their evidence thrown into question. This is a shame, cos they have collected so much information, done so much work, talked to so many people, and put together some really interesting ideas that they really shoot themselves in the foot by trying to be too "clever". Their ideas - about John the Baptist (I'm still not sure exactly what their point about him is) being the real Christ, and Jesus (who maybe didn't die after all) being some kind of Egyptian sun worshipper that preached a modified form of an Egyptian religion that is today called "Christianity", and that only a handful of members of weird and secretive religious orders (that worship Johns head) know this - are very interesting and could give you hours of fun checking them out on the internet. At worst, even if you did try and verify their ideas and found them to be "tenous at best" you will definitely have become much more knowledgeable than you were about the early Christian era, Christian relics, medieval history, secret societies and Egyptian religions. I know I have! So in a way this book has been an excellent teacher - even if I didnt actually learn anything from the book itself.
Resuming... INHO the way the book is put together implies they had the (brilliant) controversial conspiracy theory idea first, then looked for evidence to back it up later - even if that meant generalizing, distorting and omitting anything inconvenient.
If someone has a theory that holds water - and which they really and truly want people to accept and take seriously - then the best idea is to simplify it and communicate it to people. This book does exactly the opposite. But I'm sure anyone that pretends to understand it will impress all his or her friends with their in depth interpretation of Da Vinci's Last Supper. Until, that, is someone who actually looked at a colour picture of the painting (or saw it on the wall) rather than the totally illegible black and white thumbprint picture in the book gives another interpretation (...)
My advice: borrow it if you just want to read it, or buy it second hand if you want to have it in your bookcase. At least that way it will look like you actually read it to the end. (...)