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The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
~Michael Baigent , Richard Leigh , Henry Lincoln
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Average customer rating: 3.45 out of 5
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0099682419
Manufacturer : Arrow
Release data : 04 October, 2004

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1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    A cracking historical mystery...

A totally engrossing and thoroughly researched historical mystery. If you are in any way interested in the origins of Christianity, or the activities of secret societies through the ages, or preferably a combination of both - then this is a MUST read.

Of course, a healthy pinch of scepticism should be maintained along the way - the authors do make a number of leaps from 'possible' to 'definite' within the space of a paragraph. And the hypothesis relies on about 50 'maybes' to be true along the way for the argument to have validity. In general, the sections which deal with established periods of history (the Cathar heresy for example) hold together better as arguments. The final section of the book which deals with the period immediately after the supposed death of Jesus, i.e. a period of almost totally undocumented history, appears the most speculative.

Nevertheless, it is an exquisitely argued book which spawned a whole wave of imitators, and if even SOME of their hypothesis is proven to be correct it would be fascinating. Interested readers might also like Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco - a novel based on some of the material from this book.

1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    And the truth just makes people mad

I'm not going to rehash a whole lot of other reviews telling you what the book is about. It is interesting, certainly well researched, and tedious as hell. I have a hard time believing that enough people actually read this entire book to make it a "shocking international best seller". Probably bought it hoping for sensationalism and instead encountered a whole lot of meticulously researched ancient history.
But what I really liked about this book, and actually grinned while reading it, is that the authors came very close to apologising for their discoveries. A kind of don't kill the messenger kind of thing. They went off an expedition to find one thing and ended up with another. Also, a lot of reviews speak of their "assumptions". Theories are plainly stated as such, not as fact, as are assumptions. These guys tell you what they think makes sense but do not express an idea or an assumption as a fact. So the reader can just ignore these or come to his own conclusions. All in all, if you are interested in this kind of thing and have a lot of patience to wade through a ton of history and genealogies, I would recommend the book. And if you really like this kind of thing, check out Graham Phillips, who actually writes chapter reviews and does not demand so much patience from his readers.

1 star1 starNo starNo starNo star    Great conclusions, terribly exposed!

I found this book worth a read to everyone out there looking for reasons and explanations, IF YOU ACTUALLY CAN GET THROUGH IT! The book has one big problem: it is horribly written. It holds no kind of chonological continuity or even order. The conclusions and revelations it makes are indeed interesting and some are very well argued, it also seems well documented. However, the big draw back is that it is written more as a documentary than a book which makes reading it tedious and not half as exciting as it should be for such a challenging subject. I absolutely agree with the reader from Dorset in that the writers have not successfully managed to combine fact with prose.
I would definately give it 5 stars for content, but unfortunately I have to take away 3 for context!

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