Priory of Sion (The Matrix Dictionary)
1) Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ & The Shocking Legacy of the Grail, is a book by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
The description of the book says:
Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete?
Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross?
Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists?
Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom?
Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail?
According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible — they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.
2) The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, is a book by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince
The description of the book says:
In a remarkable achievement of historical detective work that is destined to become a classic, authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince delve into the mysterious world of the Freemasons, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, and the occult to discover the truth behind an underground religion with roots in the first century that survives even today. Chronicling their fascinating quest for truth through time and space, the authors reveal an astonishing new view of the real motives and character of the founder of Christianity, as well as the actual historical -- and revelatory -- roles of John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented, The Templar Revelation presents a secret history, preserved through the centuries but encoded in works of art and even in the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, whose final chapter could shatter the foundation of the Christian Church.
3) Do the descriptions sound convincing? Well, don´t take everything at face value. Facts about 1 and 2:
Both books are based on the Priory of Sion Hoax, a myth they present as fact. Priory of Sion is the name given to a fringe fraternal organisation, founded and dissolved in France in 1956 by Pierre Plantard as part of a hoax. In the 1960s, Plantard created a fictitious history for that organization, describing it as a secret society founded by Godfrey of Bouillon on Mount Zion in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099, conflating it with a genuine historical monastic order, the Abbey of Our Lady of Mount Zion. In Plantard's version, the priory was devoted to installing a secret bloodline of the Merovingian dynasty on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe.
This myth was expanded upon and popularised by the books The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Templar Revelation, which both, in that way, are pieces of pseudohistory. Later it was claimed as factual in the preface of the 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown.
After becoming a cause célèbre from the late 1960s to the 1980s, the mythical Priory of Sion was exposed as a ludibrium created by Plantard as a framework for his claim of being the Great Monarch prophesied by Nostradamus. Evidence presented in support of its historical existence and activities before 1956 was discovered to have been forged and then planted in various locations around France by Plantard and his accomplices. Nevertheless, many conspiracy theorists still persist in believing that the Priory of Sion is an age-old cabal that conceals a subversive secret.
The Priory of Sion myth has been exhaustively debunked by journalists and scholars as one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century. I find it extremely exciting to read about, but I´m also expressing my concern that the proliferation and popularity of books, websites and films inspired by this hoax have contributed to the subject of conspiracy theories, pseudohistory and other confusions becoming more mainstream. I´m troubled by the romantic reactionary ideology unwittingly promoted in these works.
The books are heavily infected by the thought distortion called Confabulation, a deep problem within New Age circles. Read about Confabulation in my book A Dictionary of Thought Distortions (free download).
Also read my articles The Matrix Conspiracy and The difference between philosophical education and ideological education
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