Secret of the Spear

Secret of the Spear


By (author) Alec Maclellan

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  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 211 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0285636960
  • ISBN 13: 9780285636965
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 11 b/w pls, 10 b/w figs
  • Sales rank: 1,339,402

Product description

An investigative history of the spear used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross, this examination explores the legends and myths surrounding its rumored supernatural and occult power. Noting the spear's capacity for both good and evil, this account exposes the powerful figures in history who have believed in its influence. With facts found in extensive international research, the path of the spear's mystery is traced from the Dark Ages to the 20th century, with its most recent stop as a prized possession of Adolf Hitler. Heavily illustrated with images of the spear and those associated with it, including Charlemagne, Hitler, and Winston Churchill, this examination fully explores this mysterious weapon and its prevalent historical role.

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Author information

Alec MacLellan is the author of The Lost World of Agharti and The Hollow Earth Enigma.

Editorial reviews

Longinus was the Roman legionary who plunged his spear into Christ as he suffered on the cross. His spear became a prized relic, a sought-after symbol and a source, perhaps, of supreme power. Maclellan embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about the Holy Lance and traces its chequered career as it passed from one power to another. The spear was an object of fascination, a venerated religious relic imbued with mystical qualities. Consequently it passed from ruler to demagogue from king to dictator. But Maclellan also seeks to uncover the spear's occult powers and to determine whether the Holy Lance was bestowed with powers of life and death over the destiny of the world. The result is a thrilling adventure as Indiana Jones meets Erich von Daniken on the path of light and truth towards a rattling good read. (Kirkus UK)