The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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 societies, the Knights Templar, the Cathar heretics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and a dynasty of obscure French kings deposed more than 1,300 years ago.

The author's conclusions are persuasive: at the core is not material riches, but a secret - a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith.

It involves nothing less than...the Holy Grail.




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Their story about the Priory is balony. It is not clear whether they cooked it up or were taken in. Much of the rest of their stuff is very interesting and at least moderately reliable.

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The main thesis seems to be bogus but some of the background is worth following up. Overall, fun reading.