Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln,
December 18, 2007
Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete?
• 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 contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail?
According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible — they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.
"Enough to seriously challenge many traditional Christian beliefs, if not alter them." — Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Like Chariots of the Gods?...the plot has all the elements of an international thriller." — Newsweek From the Paperback edition.
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ. The Shocking Legacy of the Grail (Book Review)
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ. The Shocking Legacy of the Grail is a book about religion. I read this book because of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I liked the story behind the Da Vinci Code but I was more interested in the conspiracy behind it. Holy Blood, Holy Grail came out in 1982 and is as controversial as the Da Vinci Code because of the claims it was making.
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ. The Shocking Legacy of the Grail starts with the authors researching this chateau in France where a priest found hidden documents while renovating his church. So this priest possessed a secret which made him rich. They claim that lots of people paid the priest to keep quiet and few people are aware of this secret. They claim that this secret was passed on to the priest’s housekeeper who also became rich. The housekeeper planned to tell about the secret before she died. Unfortunately, she had a stroke. Although it did not kill her, the stroke left her unable to speak and could not pass the secret on.
Doing more research on this led the authors to the Priory Of Sion. This was an organization that was protecting a secret that started with the Knights Templars. If you have read the Da Vinci Code or saw the movie, you must already know about them.
The authors explore the story of Jesus in the New Testament. The theory that they have is that Jesus married. And Jesus did have children even though the Bible says this did not happen.
They do have some quite convincing theory for this but that’s all it is it is and it doesn’t prove anything. This theory does hold quite a lot of ground and is a more realistic scenario of what did happen.
The Holy Grail in old French is San Greal or San Graal. This is the cup version of the story. The authors claim that this could be a corruption of the term Sang Real which means royal blood.
The middle part of the book is boring. It talks about different Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion and how they are linked together. But it is quite hard to read. There are a lot of names that are unrecognizable. It jumps about from year to year and with different stories and myths and is quite hard to follow.
When you get to the last part is where they explore their theory and that is the interesting part. You might think that this theory does hold a lot of ground. And is a much more realistic example of what would have happened. The narrative developed here is that Jesus survived the cross to father children with Mary Magdalene. Their descendants founded the Merovingian dynasty. The “Grail” is taken as a reference to Mary Magdalene and the Merovingian lineage as the “receptacle” of Jesus’ bloodline (playing on the sang real etymology). There is no real reason why a great man ike Jesus, who no doubt did exist, didn’t have kids. Jesus is God incarnate put on this earth to experience life as a human and then died for our sins. But how can you experience human life without experiencing love, marriage and being a parent? Those are three crucial things that the authors point out.
An international bestseller upon its release, Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ. The Shocking Legacy of the Grail spurred interest in many ideas related to its central thesis. Response from professional historians and scholars from related fields was negative. They argued that the bulk of the claims, ancient mysteries, and conspiracy theories presented as facts are pseudohistorical. The book’s ideas were considered blasphemous enough for the book to be banned in some Roman Catholic-dominated countries. The theme was later used by Margaret Starbird in her 1993 book The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, and as mentioned earlier, by Dan Brown in his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code.
Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, 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. Why? 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. –Jodie Buller