Saturday, November 20, 2004

Da Vinci Code mania

Coincidentally, the day after I finished reading The Da Vinci Code I saw this news article. It seems that obsessive fans of the book have been wreaking havoc in Rennes-le-Chateau, a tiny town in south east France. Here are a few extracts from the article.

"The mayor of a French village besieged by obsessive fans of The Da Vinci Code has been forced to dig up the body of a mysterious priest and encase it in a concrete mausoleum to deter rapacious treasure hunters."

"It's a philistine minority but they come here and stomp all over the place with no respect for anything or anyone. Last year they even tried to tunnel into the church. It was like something out of a prison escape film. They began digging in the night, put the soil in bags and put the bags in the hole, which they covered with a layer of earth so nobody would see during the day. It was only when someone noticed the flower beds moving that we discovered what they were up to."
Interestingly, I actually knew of Rennes le Chateau long before I read The Da Vinci Code. Years ago I played the computer game Gabriel Knight 3 which is set in Rennes le Chateau. I think this means I will have to visit the little French town because (i) the Gabriel Knight is my favourite series of computer quest games, and (ii) I've visited the locations of the other two Gabriel Knight games (the first game was set in New Orleans, the second in Munich and Neuschwainsten Castle).

Yes, I realise it's quite geeky that I have visited the locations of my favourite computer games. One of the locations - New Orleans - was actually coincidental because it was a work trip. Germany, on the other hand, that was basically because of the game. Several years ago Peter and I were planning a trip to Europe and I said I was keen to see Munich and Neuschwainsten Castle because of the game. Fortunately, Peter thought these places sounded interesting anyway so he was happy to add them to the itinerary.

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The book investigates the claims of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and investigates the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the 2000 year old mystery as to how the Church of Rome suppressed the marriage of Jesus. An interesting case is made to name the biological father of Jesus as recorded but hidden in the scriptures. The educational years of Jesus are investigated and his education as a ‘faith healer’ under the teachings of the Essenes who were part of the Egyptian establishment. The symbolic legacies from the Pharaohs are today still to be seen in our churches. The marital status of Jesus to Mary Magdalene is covered in depth with the history of their descendents who fled the Holy Land after the crucifixion and lived out their lives in France. A Chapter on the intrigue of the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery outlines how the descendant’s of Mary Magdalene were integrated into the French nobility. Lateral thinking in a chapter on Alchemy puts forward a case that Saunière, the priest at Rennes le Chateau got his wealth from alchemy but the author uses the devils advocate to suggest that an alternative theory is that he was just blackmailing the Church of Rome.

‘THE SECRET HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY’ then follows the trail for the descendants of Jesus and moves to the crusaders and the origins of the Knight Templars and how their political arm; the Priory of Sion manipulated the Crusaders and are still with us today. The narrative covers the French suppression of the Templars and the Cathar people in the south of France which then follows through into investigations into the Holy Grail. The links to the Templars in Scottish history and the hidden secrets of Rosslyn Chapel are outlined.