The Sion Revelation : The Truth About the Guardians of Christ's Sacred Bloodline
An essential notion in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Da Vinci Code is the existence of an age-old French society, the Priory of Sion, whose task it is to protect Christ's sacred bloodline. In The Sion Revelation, Picknett and Prince reveal the story of the Priory, taking readers on a highly significant, disturbing, and even alarming ride through history into an intriguing world where a great many uncomfortable facts will have to be faced, both religious and political.
Drawing on a wealth of astonishing evidence, they answer numerous questions that shroud this society, including:
Does the Priory actually exist or is the group's entire history an elaborate hoax?
Was Leonardo da Vinci really one of the Priory's Grand Masters?
What is the truth behind Pierre Plantard, the enigmatic French aristocrat who claimed to be a Priory Grand Master -- and who some claim was a Nazi sympathizer?
Could the Priory be a front for other occult societies in Europe with religious or even political agendas?
By carefully untangling centuries of obfuscation, rumor, and documented fact, The Sion Revelation unravels the great intricacies of this secret society and takes us on a historical journey that is as groundbreaking in its explanation as it is riveting in its telling.
The high tide of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has lifted many boats, and one of them is the research of Picknett and Prince, self-styled writers on "the paranormal, the occult, and historical mysteries." Authors of The Templar Revelation, a book that helped inspire Brown's novel of hidden descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, Picknett and Prince return to these enticing themes of secrets, treasures, heresy and backroom power brokering with a closer look at the Priory of Sion. In this book, they argue that the Priory is a hoax, but one that is carefully designed in the manner of misinformation leaked by intelligence agencies to achieve specific goals. Behind the hoax, they say, is a network of European esoteric societies driven by the principle of "synarchy" and influencing the coalescence of the European Union, perhaps at the expense of democracy. Like their many other books, this one is cluttered with historical minutiae and sources of varying credibility. Skeptics will shake their heads over this next conspiracy theory, but for Da Vinci Code fans hungry for additional digging behind the fiction, this will be a dense but satisfying read. (Feb. 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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January 02, 2006
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Excerpt from The Sion Revelation by Lynn Picknett
When we presented our discovery of the secret symbolism in Leonardo da Vinci's paintings in our 1997 book, The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, little did we realize that we were making a significant contribution to a remarkable phenomenon of the twenty-first century. Not only did our book directly inspire Dan Brown to weave his blockbuster The Da Vinci Code (2003) around the concept of da Vinci's love of hidden heresies and dangerous codes, but we were taken aback to realize that in doing so we had also assisted at the birth of a new, impassioned wave of interest in the truth about the origins of Christianity.
A central part of Brown's fiction is the notion that there exists an age-old French society, the Priory of Sion, whose task it is to protect the sacred bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene -- the implications of which are truly shocking to those who remain true to the traditional teachings of the Church. The inevitable backlash against all the subjects raised in Brown's book has seen the Priory of Sion roundly trounced, dismissed once and for all as a straightforward hoax.
However, we became increasingly dissatisfied with either extreme -- complete acceptance of everything claimed by or on behalf of the Priory or blanket dismissal -- for two reasons. While there is evidence that the Priory is a modern creation, rather than the ancient and venerable secret society it is supposed to be, there is considerably more to it than a simple hoax. As our continuing research has found, the Priory really is important, but for rather different reasons.
This has given us the golden opportunity to present our ongoing investigation into the Priory of Sion. And unexpectedly, we found this work converging with other, quite independent, lines of research, specifically those that led to our 1999 book, The Stargate Conspiracy, which dealt with a little-known but extremely influential politico-occult movement known as synarchy. As we delved into it even deeper, we found ourselves unexpectedly back in the underground stream that also sweeps the Priory of Sion along. Even the research for our book on the "secret history" of the Second World War, Friendly Fire: The Secret War Between the Allies (coauthored with the late Stephen Prior, and Robert Brydon, 2004), became surprisingly relevant, as certain power struggles in wartime France provide an important backdrop to The Sion Revelation.
The second reason for our writing this book is much wider in scope, and to us more important: those who defend the traditional religious views against Dan Brown's book argue that if they can prove the Priory of Sion is a hoax, then the deeper issues -- such as the reality of the "forbidden" gospels, the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and the centuries-long Church cover-up of such inconvenient evidence about the Christian religion -- can also be condemned and dismissed. This is utter nonsense.
Whatever else can be said about Brown's book, it has brought some fundamental questions about spirituality and religion to a massive and even secular international audience and sparked off far-reaching debates. It has even been pointed out that it has revived on a grassroots level the same bitter debate that raged in the formative years of the Christian religion. The major split was between the two fundamentally different visions of the faith: the Gnostic view, in which the individual forges his or her own relationship with God and is therefore responsible for his or her own salvation, and the priest-led faction that became the Church -- in which the Church alone holds the keys of the Kingdom. It is a battle that the Church believed long won, but now the fissure lines are reopening as the floor is cleared for either a new, informed debate or a fight -- and all due to the unlikely influence of an airport thriller!