The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail
Written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln
© Copyright 1996
Published by Arrow Books, UK
If ever a book shook people’s faith and the Roman Catholic Church, it had to be The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail originally published in 1982, with the revised version appearing in 1996. At that time, folks in Hamilton, Ontario and around the world were left wondering if what they thought they knew about Jesus and the crucifixion was fact or simply a myth propagated by the church.
Through extensive research, authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln came to the conclusion that the holy blood of Jesus Christ did not end at the cross. Rather they theorize that He might not have been crucified at all or if He was, he survived the ordeal. They also proposed that Jesus’ descendants could be traced to various families living today and that their ‘royal blood line’ might eventually recapture the thrones of Europe.
Now all of this may sound heretical and worthy of stoning in itself. However, their research indicated that the wedding in Cana as cited in the Bible might actually have been the wedding of Jesus to Mary Magdalene. They further surmised that He could easily have sired a number of children before his purported death at the age of 33 and if He survived, afterward as well.
The authors attempted to trace the footsteps of the Magdalene to Europe, where they said she settled (with at least one child – a daughter) in Rennes le Chateau in the Languedoc in southern France. (Interestingly, Sylvia Browne claims that her guide Francine told her that Jesus did survive and even went with Magdalene to France where they settled and had a family.)
It is at this location that a priest in the 19thcentury, Father Berenger Sauniére, was said to have found a hidden treasure – something of such value that he was paid royal sums of money – possibly by the Vatican – to keep quiet about it.
The authors contended that this priest may have found proof of not only the existence of a secret society called the Priory de Sion but also of the Knights Templar, whom they contend were formed to guard the living relatives of the royal blood line – otherwise known as the Holy Grail.
However,evidence published by French Editions Belisane later revealed that Sauniére was eventually put on trial in 1910 at which time he claimed his wealth (not nearly as great as believed) came from the sale of masses and other donations.
Despite the fact that some of the author’s claims have since been proven false, the mystery surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and His possible family tree continues to draw thousands of visitors to Rennes le Chateau every year. As recently as December 2010, tourists flocked to the area but not for this reason. It seems they were enrapt by stories of UFOs in the mountains surrounding the small village.
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