The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail

  • by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of the Pyrenees which enable 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 authors' 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 to all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail.

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What the Critics Say

"Enough to seriously challenge many traditional Christian beliefs, if not alter them." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Like Chariots of the Gods?...the plot has all the elements of an international thriller." (Newsweek)

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A well researched book.

I listened to this book having had a basic understanding of most of the groups and theories involved, The Knights Templar, The Bible, The Priory of Scion etc, and I think this is well explained and well researched description of the connections that could be made between them. However I did feel they presented certain theories as fact without giving sufficient explanation and leaned heavily on assumptions, creating some very tenuous links. I think if you listen to this with a balanced and perhaps slightly skeptical ear you will find it very entertaining.
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- Vikki

Entertaining Nonsense

The premise behind this tale is that Mary Magdalen bore Jesus a child, the descendents of which joined the ancient Merovingian families of France and survive to the present day.

The evidence given for this is based on parchments allegedly discovered by Berenger Sauniere in Rennes Le Chateau in the 19th Century combined with documents released by an organisation called the Priory or Sion through the 1950s and 1960s.

There are a lot of holes in the evidence and an astonishing number of assumptions made. Also I ask whether the members of the so called Priory of Sion in its modern form have some sort of motive in perpetrating a hoax that took in the authors.

Nevertheless, this is an entertaining and well narrated audiobook based around an intriguing but ultimately unproven hypothesis.
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- A Genealogist

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2006
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks