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The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
• 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
When I became a "real" historian, I came to realize just how much of it was hyperbolic tripe but even as a youth, I understood that 90% was speculation (to put it kindly).
The two things it did do for me were:
1. Reveal a Dark Age world of Europe that I hadn't encountered before.
2. Gave the alternate-history buff in me a whole new set of "what-ifs" to think about.
That part in the Dan Brown book (don't remember if it was DaVinci or Angels) where he was listing off the books in that guy's library? I have all those books...Oh the shame :)
This book, as all similar books, could be about 200-300 pages shorter as they restate their theories in multiple ways. They also all seem to use the s...more
Only problem with all the "research"? Holy Blood, Holy Grail is at best laughable. They'll tell you something like, "Person A knew Person B who was at a play that Person C also attended, though we have no knowledge they actually knew each other. Furthermore, Person B was born in Italy and from all that we know that Person C passed on essential inform...more
The original book, and the revised edition I read several years later, put forward compelling arguments in favour of an alternative history of the established religious version propounded in canonical teaching. Although cleared of plagiarism, Dan Brown appears to have drawn heavily on much of the source material as did the authors of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail'.
The authors at no point claim that their theories are f...more
However, I'm giving it two stars for the chapters towards the end. The speculations in there have given the myth-lover in me have one more go at the Bible, and the enigmatic figure of the Christ.
Overall opinion? A boring book with some entertaining specu...more
What offends me about this book is that it takes something that is fundamentally interesting (the history of the gospels, t...more
I read this book when it was first published and it's speculations have fertilized my thinking since then. Even if the thesis is wrong, the wild, richly detailed landscape you cross with it is thought-provoking and conspiratorially satisfying.
In the '90s some boson claimed to have fraudulently placed the prio...more
يتناول الكتاب بالتفصيل تاريخ (فرسان الهيكل) و (دير صهيون) وماضيهم وجذورهم وحُكمهم وملوكهم وحروبهم وطوائفهم وكيفية انبثاق (الماسونية) عنهم،، وقد يصدمنا الكتاب عندما يلفت انتباهنا إلى أصولهم وتطورهم بين الميروفيون إلى الاسبارطيون إلى شكلهم الحالي.. هناك الكثير من المعلومات التي يلزم للقارئ أن يكون لديه خلفية متينة عنها،، مثل تاريخ فرنسا الذي ورد بتركيز كبير على طول الكتاب،، وكان مهماً معرفته لتتبع سير الأحداث.. وتحدث الكتاب...more
Probably the oldest surviving piece of hot gossip still in circulation: Jesus had an affair with Mary Magdalene, which resulted in a child.
Members of the post-Dan-Brown generation may have trouble believing this, but I hadn't heard a single rumour before I read this book. Really!
It's well written and extensivley researched. The conclusions that the author's draw from that research are, of course, a little on the zany side. But there's something exquisitely Indiana Jones about the whole thing. If you're a sensitive religious sort, then this probably i...more
إذا وجبت المقارنة فسأصوت للتسلية في الشيفرة، اما في هذا الكتاب الذي أريد له ان يظهر بلبوس علمي فلا يمكن الركون إليه تحت اي منطق، مجرد نسج لاحتمالات متتالية لاقناعك بنتيجة!
لا مشكلة في مناقشة المسلمات الدينية إذا أخضعناها للمنطق البحثي طالما لا نعاني من سيطرة الأفكار المسبقة، لكن ما هو هنا مشروع طويل وممل من حياكة الاحداث التاريخية وربطها عبر أسلاك واهية ليصل بنا إلى نتيجة...
العائلات الأساسية ف...more
I sometimes found it heavy going, but wo...more
أسطورة الكأس تعبر إحدى الميثولوجيا المسيحية حيث يعتقد أنها الكأس التي استخدمها المسيح في العشاء الأخير وقام يوسف الرامي بجمع دم المسيح من على الصليب و كانت لها قوة إعجازية كبيرة لكن مؤلفي هذا الكتاب يعتقدون أن الكأس أو الإناء هو رحم المجدلية الذي إحتوى دم المسيح و هو دلالة على السلالة/الدم الملكي
يبدا كل شيئ حسب العهد القديم حيث يتعرض أحفاد أحد الأسباط للنبذ من طرف الإحدى عشر سبط الٱخرين فيقومون بالهجرة إلى اليونان بالضبط "أركاديا" تلك التي جاء ذكرها بلوحة بوسان
بعد قرون،مريم المجدلية "زوجة السيد...more
I heard many thoughts and rumors about this book which helped me have my own opinion about it. Nevertheless I have to say that I don't blindly believe every letter written on this work.
Firstly I think that the authors did...more
Hmmm. So. Well then.
I'd heard about this book for a while. I don't really care if their hypotheses are true. I didn't really care going into it. So I'm not going to debate the if/then theological doctrinal stuff. It's moot for me.
I started out reading this book, open-minded, and ready to hear something completely different than all the other "Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and they had babies" books. Beca...more
So if it's all of the above, why did I give it 4 stars? Because I didn't read it fo...more
This is not a spoiler unless you have spent the last 3 years living in a cave. The whole premise, ultimately, is that Jesus and Mary Magdaline were married, had children, and that...more
This illustrated version was very entertaining and the main difference between the two is quite obv...more
Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has...more