BOOK: Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Author: Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh
Publisher: Arrow Books
Date Published: 15 January 1983
Reviewer: Vincent de Paul
Holy Blood, Holy Grail holds the promise of an explosive secret, an expose of cataclysmic consequence; but it is disappointing to labour through all the conjecture and hypotheses by the authors only to find nothing of import – nada! In the introduction of the book, the authors say that one bishop of Birmingham charged them with no less than “seventy-nine errors of fact” in two chapters— the two chapters, that is, which he had read. I agree with the bishop. I AM NOT RELIGIOUS, but reading the book showed me how the writers were trying to convince, unsuccessfully, the world that the Roman Church has lied to them over the years, and that truly there exists descendants of Jesus and his wife Mary Magdalene in France; I expected to be told who they really are, where they live, who did DNA on them and confirmed, and the sort of factual stuff that can convince even the Pope that Jesus was not celibate as the Catholics claim.
When I started reading the book, I was expecting to know the secret the Church of Rome has been hiding from the public, only to realize there is no secret; just hypothetical analysis of what might have happened over time to be where we are today. Before reading it, I had already read other literature and I knew that the Bible we have today is not the original Bible, that Jesus is not divine but his divinity came as a result of a (referendum) vote, and that it is likely that he was married. What the authors intended to achieve was not achieved, despite their bragging that they found themselves attracting as much celebrity (or, more accurately, notoriety) as if we’d personally staged a coup d’etat in the Vatican. Not only did we attract reviews, we also attained certifiable shock-horror status as a news story—a full-fledged news story that actually made the front pages of various newspapers.
The book qualifies for a sensational book, but not a certifiable record of anything that the public should consume and learn from about Jesus and the religious lies of the time.
However, the first part is well done about the Knights Templars, The Priory of Sion, the Freemason, and other secret societies and their origins. All of that was just circumlocution for Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the only subject that should matter; but it did not lay the right background for the main story.
The book is a disappointing one for a curious mind that wants to know what really happened to the boy Jesus and his teenage lovers and/or Mary Magdalene.