The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

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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.show more

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  • CD-Audio
  • 122 x 144 x 52mm | 381.02g
  • Cornerstone
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 1846570611
  • 9781846570612
  • 973,321

About Michael Baigent

Michael Baigent graduated from Christchurch University, New Zealand. Richard Leigh followed up his degree from Tufts University, Boston, with postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and Stony Brook New York State University. They are co-authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Temple and the Lodge. Henry Lincoln has been a writer for over twenty-five years, having produced more than 100 television scripts, as well as a body of poetry. He has lectured extensively, and is best known for the presentation of his own programmes on BBC television.show more

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"'One of the most controversial books of the 20th Century'" U.P.I "'Their quest for knowledge possesses all the ingredients of a classic 19th-Century mystery novel... a book that will be hotly denounced and widely read'" Financial Times "'A book that cannot easily be dismissed'" Neville Cryer, The Bible Society "'Has all the ingredients of an international thriller...incredible'" Newsweek "'It makes compulsive reading'" Times Educational Supplementshow more

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"'Their quest for knowledge possesses all the ingredients of a classic 19th-Century mystery novel... a book that will be hotly denounced and widely read'"show more

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The most shattering secret of the last two thousand years The first publication of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail in 1982 sparked off a storm of controversy that continues to this day.The enigma: a discovery at Rennes-le-Château that offers little in the way of material wealth, but whose secret rocked the foundations of contemporary politics and the Christian faith.The players: 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 conclusion: as persuasive, controversial and explosive as it was when first published over twenty years ago.The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail is not just a classic of its kind, it's a book that's impossible to put down. 'All the ingredients of a classic 19th-Century mystery novel...a book that will be hotly denounced and widely read' Financial Times 'Has all the ingredients of an international thriller...incredible' Newsweek Simon Prebble has had more than 60 roles in television, plays, serials, and documentarites, including Hamlet, Six Wives of Henry VIII, and Photofinish. He has recorded more than 200 audiobooks in his career. An abridgement of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail (C) Michael Baigent, Richard leigh & Henry Lincoln 1982,1983 Published by Century in hardback and Arrow in paperback Produced by Kevin Thomsen Executive Producer Jacob Bronstein Abridged by Garet Scott Jacket/image credits? (P) Random House Audiobooks 2006show more

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