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.
Originally published on 1st December, 1982, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail is a really interesting book. I first learnt of it when I read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and then subsequently watched the book. I loved them both so much that I so wanted to get my hands of this book. Really grateful to Sankalpa for lending me this book!
If you are a lover of conspiracy theories then this is for you definitely! Having read The Da Vinci Code which was explosive on its own, I was surprised that I never knew about it and about this book too. However, it is not to be taken as the ultimate truth. The authors do claim that this is a hypothesis they have put forward. However, reading such ‘scandalous’ matter may make the reader forget about the disclaimer put at the beginning. Nonetheless, it is an interesting read, so to say.
(This edition was reissued in the United Kingdom by Arrow Books in 2006)
I am hoping to pick up some more books on such matters – lesser known facts in the religious or philosophical areas. Have you read this book yourself? What are your thoughts about it?