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The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code

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Millions have been enthralled by The Da Vinci Code's fascinating historical speculations-and the blockbuster novel's audience has also made bestsellers of several books offering to separate the facts from the fiction.This comprehensive, encyclopedic volume is written by an acclaimed medievalist-and takes an objective, history-based approach to the phenomenon and the questi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Berkley Books
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Rebecca A.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sharan Newman is a medieval scholar and gives an Apocrypha to Wren, Christopher collection of research pertaining to the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown in this book, published 2005.

Some of this information I knew, and it was refreshing and enriching to read actually research rather than romanticized speculation. [New information may come to light at any time, of course.]

For me, the most interesting chapter was the one entitled Mary Magdalene. It begins: "WHICH MARY?" An excellent question, as there
Feb 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: read review
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I only added this book because the author is excellent. I'm a bit dismayed to find that this is the only book that they have listed for her. She is first and foremost an author of historical fiction and she's excellent. I've even had the privilege to correspond with her. Her books -The Catherine LeVendeur series take place in 12th century France in a time where it's becoming dangerous to be a Jew. Catherine is a French Christian but a family secret threatens both the safety and livelihood
of her
David Vernon
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-europe
How disappointed I am these days that even good publishers like Penguin fail to proofread books. When you are paying A$20 for a book, one does expect that typos and misspellings should not be included in the purchase price.

But what of the content? Well, anyone could have written this book with some access to Wikipedia and a good library. Her attempts at humour were originally amusing but eventually boring and predictable. Where she didn't know the answer to something, she just didn't do the rese
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book giving the reality of the Da Vinci Code. Actually, mostly proving that the research behind the Da Vinci Code was lazy and best, and spurious as worst.

Vastly entertaining, but won't be of interest to anyone who believes the crap in the book. Could quite conceivably make some like that's head explode.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A well researched book that corrects the mistakes found in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. If you want to find out the truth behind the people, places, and events found in Brown's novel, I highly recommend reading this book as well.
Marylin Vallis

After reading The Davinci Code for the second time, I was looking forward to reading an expert analysis of the history upon which it was

Unfortunately, in reading this book, I could not get past the many grammatical errors, lack of appropriate punctuation and run on words.

The author, an educator, apparently did not take the time nor feel the need to review or proofread her document. This causes me to question the accuracy of the content. Very disappointing!

Janet Donath
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you read the "Va Vinci Code" you must read this book by Sharan Newman. I was trying to read both at the same time and gave up because Newman's was much more entertaining and informative.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
It was okay;)
Jul 31, 2011 added it
Gives a great deal of factual background on many of the mysterious and mythical elements of the Da Vinci Code.
Richard Worden
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Sharan Newman brings together a wealth of research and insight about Gnosticism and the Church which sheds light on the Da Vinci Code.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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I am categorizing this with my mystery books because it makes more sense there to me.
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Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

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