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Holy Blood, Holy Grail
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Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France.
What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail that befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power.


The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today. The authors' point here is not to compromise or to demean Jesus, but to offer another, more complete perspective of Jesus as God's incarnation in man. The power of this secret, which has been carefully guarded for hundreds of years, has sparked much controversy.

For all the sensationalism and hoopla surrounding Holy Blood, Holy Grail and the alternate history that it outlines, the authors are careful to keep their perspective and sense of skepticism alive in its pages, explaining carefully and clearly how they came to draw such combustible conclusions.

Author Dan Brown, in his bestseller The Da Vinci Code, makes reference to to Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and uses several claims similar to the above as key plot elements! A court case was played out in London in February - March 2006 where Dan Brown sought to defend himself against allegations of plagiarism brought by Baigent and Leigh.

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