The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail have spent over ten years meticulously researching this book, using a wealth of historical documents and ancient evidence, attempting to prove that it is quite possible that traditional views regarding Christ’s life were manipulated sparking worldwide controversy, regarding the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ as we know it. Interestingly, the book actually raises questions as to the authenticity of accounts that Christ actually died on the cross, if Jesus married, if he could have had a child, and if his bloodline might still exist.

From secretive documents of early French history, the authors found a tangled web of politics and faith that takes the reader from the Knights Templar to a behind the scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, whose purpose was to reinstate the descendants of the Merovingian bloodline to political power. To expand on their findings the authors allege that Jesus had a legitimate claim to the Jewish throne and since claiming it outright would have been impossible given the political climate of the day, that Jesus slyly arranged his life so that it would match the Old Testament prophecies. For his plan to work, Jesus not only had to make himself appear to fit the prophesied coming of the Messiah, but needed to fit it in with his marriage to Mary Magdelene. The authors claim the couple then had at least one child together, and that Jesus then staged his own crucifixion while Mary escaped with Jesus’ children to France where Jesus’ descendents became the Merovingian dynasty of kings, ruling France from roughly 500 A.D. until 750 A.D. After the Merovingians were overthrown, the Prieure de Sion, a secret society, preserved the royal claims of Jesus’ descendants as well as their history to the present day.

The authors are quick to point out though that their intention was not to compromise or demean Jesus but to offer a better picture of him and his purpose on this earth. The book is done carefully in an attempt to keep the authors perspective and sense of skepticism alive while explaining how they drew such flammable conclusions. As the tale evolves, the author will take you on a quest to find the Holy Grail that will take you on an amazing journey involving not only the Catholic Church but also the Knight’s Templar, the Freemasons, and dozens of secret sects. Reader beware, however, that this book is designed to be read by historians and researchers and not the casual reader as it requires a significant amount of concentration to keep all the places and dates in place. Believers of traditional Christian dogma will hate this book while those who think that conventional dogma is bogus will like its somewhat plausible alternate explanation. However, most of the book is supposition with the authors admitting to being unable to find substantial evidence of their theories that Jesus survived the crucifixion or that his wife and children fled to France.

Overall, the questions that the book gives rise to such as could it be true that the bloodline of the Magdalene may be alive today in the descendants of her marriage to the Christ are not that outlandish. After all, what is really unholy about this possibility? If God made man and woman to propagate, it is reasonable that He would allow Jesus to take a wife. Another question is why the church has spent the last 2000 years misaligning the position of the Magdalene. These questions are addressed in Holy Blood, Holy Grail, allowing for new possibilities to consider.

I applaud the authors for their historical references to the Merovingians, Cathars, and the Knights Templar. The Inquisition tried to not only annihilate them by fire but by the pen thus silencing them leaving only the mystic/seer to unveil the truth that inspired their massive sacrifice of life.

This book is worthwhile both for its thought-provoking ideas and for its engaging readability and is the most impressive grand conspiracy theory I have read. It has always amazed me how ready people are to believe what the men in robes tell them from the pulpit, which is no more than what they are taught to believe in seminary. That is to say that theology is not the same as scientifically studying the context in which the Bible was written or to explain why there are so many blatant inconsistencies, not to mention heinous “head-scratchers” within the “Word of God.” Sadly, ministers often have no real knowledge of all the political intrigue, maneuvering, rewriting, editing, social control, and suppression of truth that became what is considered “holy.” Yes, what these authors lay on the table at the end is a hypothesis but, in my view at least, given the undeniable amount of historical facts unearthed and organized, this is far more reasonable than anything else out there.

Overall, I found the book compelling and I had to thoroughly re-look at some of my original views about the origins of Christianity, the Knights Templar, and the Free Masons. I found the authors to be open minded presenting their facts and their perspectives in a manner that leaves the reader free to draw his or her own conclusions.

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