Books on the Priory of Sion
The following are books dealing with the Priory of Sion and its role in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery.
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The Sion Revelation, Inside the Shadowy World of Europe's Secret Masters
Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince
Not a book for newcomers to the Priory of Sion story, but a useful text for afficionados - and indespensible for conspiracy enthusiasts.
The first three quarters of the book retraces the chronology of the whole Rennes-le-Chateau business. It does this in a very even handedly and accurately, remaining reasonably objective throughout.
The final quarter of the book is dedicated to the revelation mentioned in the title - which is that the Priory is really just a flimsey front for a set of other secrcet soceties dedicated to establishing a United States of Europe. Judge for yourself how strong the case is.
If you're new to this subject and find it a bit of a leap from treasure hunting in the Languedoc to international political conspiracies, you'll find it useful to read the following book first:
The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln
Henry Lincoln read de Sède's book (see Rennes-le-Chateau page) and made a programme for the Chronicle series on British TV. This sparked so much interest that he and two others wrote this book - The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
It immediately became a best seller and literally put Rennes-le-Château on the map (on tourist maps it enjoys a prominence usually reseved for world heritage sites like Carcassonne). It has also spawned a whole industry in writing books expounding increasingly bizarre and improbable theories (see below).
The book is cleverly written. You will find the first few chapters contain fairly reliable history, but the hypothesis developed does not withstand any real degree of scrutiny.
If you plan on reading any books about the Rennes-le-Château mystery, you should read this one first, as all others, including The Da Vinci Code, are derivatives.
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