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Holy Blood, Holy Grail

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  9,761 Ratings  ·  657 Reviews
A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of The Pyrenees which enables him to amass and spend a fortune of millions of pounds. The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turns into an unprecedented historical detective story - a modern Grail quest leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 15th 1983 by Dell Publishing (first published December 1st 1982)
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Jul 31, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Catholics and Evangelical Christians
Recommended to Lisa by: David
I read this book and ate up every last bit of speculation, theory, and downright invention. The photos creeped me out, and I daydreamed about the possibility that the Knights Templar really had links to Jesus Christ, and that the Freemasons were more than just a bunch of weird old guys that did some boring, yet secret, junk in an old building downtown. Years later, a Freemason mistakenly left a lengthy message on our answering machine in Palm Desert, California. He gave intricate, specific ...more
Jun 15, 2008 Juli added it
The fact that I read horribly written books about templars, and things of that ilk, is one of my shameful secrets. I don't believe a word that I've read, but they suck me in.

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
I must have picked this book up around the time it came out, which would have made me a sophomore in high school.

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.
Nandakishore Varma
Dec 19, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
I originally approached the book with the idea that even if the "history" was wonky, it will be entertaining to read. I was sorely disappointed. It was uphill all the way, especially in the middle, when you get bogged down in all those dynasties.

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
Jan 12, 2011 Tamra rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know more about The Da Vinci Code
Recommended to Tamra by: Trisha
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I read The Da Vinci Code and it made me want to read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which was apparently the only book Dan Brown based his own research on.

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
K J Bennett
Jul 19, 2012 K J Bennett rated it it was amazing
I first read this about 15 years ago. It seems that Dan Brown may also have done so.

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
Reading this book is like slogging uphill through a mudslide - after a while you lose track of where you are, and it doesn't seem worth the effort to keep going.
Jan 16, 2012 Jennifer marked it as to-read
Shelves: faith
Speculation, yes. But even the bible contains much speculation (yes, that is my opinion and you don't need to agree with me, that is fine and I am perfectly ok with that). The basis for my opinion is as follows. The new testament wasn't even written until 60 yrs after Jesus' death, by people who most likely never heard him speak. It is really difficult to guess what sort of motives they may have had or wether they were trying very hard to shape the New Testament stories according to the old ...more
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ما أروع هذا الكتاب،، واحد من تلك الكتب الشاملة العميقة،، الدسمة،، والوافية

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
Mar 20, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Jesus was born of a virgin, raised the dead, turned water into wine, and was resurrected after his crucifixion. OK. BUT SAYING THAT HE HAD CHILDREN IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING IN THE WORLD!
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
While much of the evidence in this has been debunked since it's writing, and most of the research has been called into question, this is an interesting book nonetheless, with much more depth, twists and turns than The DaVinci code, which stole many of these author's ideas. There are many concepts in this book, some are very dubious, and others seem downright plausible. If one approaches this with the right spirit; which is to say, with an open mind, but with the desire to do lots of independent ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Steve rated it did not like it
Alrighty....Here's another tin foil hat conspiracy book. Holy Blood Holy Grail was dragged into English court as part of the authors complaint of plagiarism against Dan Brown's The Manet Code...HAHAHA..Da Vinci.My joke and the lawsuit and the book are all similar to Dan Brown's Oeuvre by being boring and poorly written. That might have been Leigh and Baigent's best argument.

What offends me about this book is that it takes something that is fundamentally interesting (the history of the gospels, t
Oct 08, 2007 Greg rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
This is book is a great example of academic dishonesty. The first half of the book is very well documented, and sets the reader up for the idea that the two authors are dealing with hard facts. When the conjectures and meat of the book begin though the sources stop getting cited, and assumptions are made which have no basis except for the authors fantastical logic. (Saying things like, of course this is well documented (but where?), or setting up as a premise something that they admit is ...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!

Paul Dinger
Feb 05, 2009 Paul Dinger rated it it was amazing
I wasn't suprised at all that the authors of this book sued Dan Brown over the DaVinci Code. He could have had this book open and used whole sections of it. The plot of this book actually follows the DaVinci Code in many aspects. What I enjoyed about this book is the research. It does take a few chances, and it clearly states that it is speculative history, but it made me see the Gospels in a whole other way. I can't recommend it enough.
Mar 10, 2016 Lorena rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
It's been a while now since I read this book out of curiosity after reading the Da Vinci Code. I admit that when I read the Da Vinci Code did posses a historical background gained by the school books, encyclopedias, and usual historic books that I could borrow in the library.

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
Mar 19, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

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
Notary Tim
Dec 09, 2010 Notary Tim rated it it was ok
This book should be under fiction instead of religion, as the conspiracy put forth in it is so obviously a bunch of hookum that anyone who actually reads the book should be able to see that their sole source is playing them for reasons that never become clear. This is the sort of book that brings out the worst sort of conspiracy nuts -- those who will believe it because they want it to be true, not because there is actual proof or overwhelming evidence that it true. It is worth reading ONLY if ...more
Apr 29, 2008 Marti rated it liked it
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muhammad lafi
Aug 18, 2013 muhammad lafi rated it it was ok
شيفرة دافنشي هي ما اعادت إثارته، إلى درجة ان ناشري الكتاب قاضوا ناشري دافنشي وبراون بتهمة السرقة الأدبية!
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...
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May 03, 2013 Valmay rated it really liked it
I read this book to my father long before Dan Browns ‘Da Vinci Code’ was published. Whether it is historically accurate or not I'm still not sure, but there are plenty of references provided should the reader wish to check up on facts. I've since read reports that some of the references are questionable, but when you are writing about a subject, in a way that some people would consider blasphemous, it's bound to cause upset and have people say such things.

I sometimes found it heavy going, but wo
H. P. Reed
Oct 08, 2013 H. P. Reed rated it did not like it
What a load of bunk! This offends me because it is so speculative that the authors should have called it fiction, and been honest about it.
Apr 09, 2012 Shelby rated it liked it
**Kind of contains a spolier. Not really though... if you've ever heard of this book.**

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
Sean Donnelly
Dec 13, 2012 Sean Donnelly rated it liked it
Holy Blood, Holy Grail is about a secret society that tries to restore a certain bloodline. The book Holy Blood, Holy Grail begins with a French priest in a region of France called the Languedoc. He finds some strange transcripts there, which later leads him to become rich. The investigation of the authors' though, leads to something more amazing than they ever thought before. They discover the region was closely associated with the Knight's Templar, leading them to investigate that lead. This ...more
David Nicol
May 19, 2013 David Nicol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book isn't going to be for everyone. It was written in the early 80's and is a plodding tome for most of it. If you're expecting 'The Da Vinci Code' then stop right there, turn around and go to the Dan Brown page. This is NOT a thriller. It's a huge hypothesis based on bits and pieces of history and assumption that may or may not add up to something not really as earth shattering as it should have been.

So if it's all of the above, why did I give it 4 stars? Because I didn't read it fo
Mar 24, 2008 Kelley rated it really liked it
For those that thought "The DaVinci Code" contained new and radical ideas, this is the book behind the book. The authors spent years researching the Priory of Zion (which may or may not be real), its connection to the Knights Templer (who may or may not have been corrupted), and what the beliefs and goals of the Priory.

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
Jul 26, 2007 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out about this book around the time that its authors were suing Dan Brown for plagiarism. This book did precede The DaVinci code by more than a few years and in fact, one of Brown's characters Teabing is an anagram for Baigent, one of the authors. The "oppositionalist" in me opted to read 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' for the royal bloodline theory, as opposed to the insanely read DaVinci Code.
This illustrated version was very entertaining and the main difference between the two is quite obv
Patrick Bernauw
Ik heb dit boek gecatalogeerd als "faction" en "historische fictie" - wat het uitdrukkelijk niet pretendeert te zijn. Het is een essay, een "alternatieve geschiedenis", maar wel geschreven met de flair en de flow van de romancier pur sang. De onderliggende premisse is zo sterk dat zelfs Dan Brown ze niet kapot kreeg, al hield hij er wel de strafste bestseller aan over. Het is er een van het kaliber van Von Däniken, die zich afvroeg of de goden uit de aloude mythen soms kosmonauten konden zijn.

Rakshindra Rakshasa
I think this is, more or less the only book worth reading on the subject (other than, of course the original grail literature and commentaries thereon). Especially concerning the question of Rennes-le-chateau, on which, I think, far too much attention has been spent already, this book is probably the foremost authority. It manages to stay impartial, despite the enthusiasm of the writers, which, while riddled with "what if - if so" questions and discovery channel fallacies, nevertheless allows ...more
Arun Divakar
Sep 15, 2014 Arun Divakar added it
Shelves: abandoned
On reflection, I think more about the boring classes that I had to go through in school and college than the good ones. At idle moments, they suddenly seem to pop up as random images in my mind. The endless sessions of doodle, half baked attempts at writing and so on but above all that is that dull and dreary tone that some lecturers assume. The kind of tone that numbs your brain but never lets you sleep is what I mean ! If this book had a voice, it would be the voice of such a lecturer.

There wa
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Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master's degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children.

Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has
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