Holy Blood, Holy Grail by
Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
Jonathan Cape edition published 1982 Jonathan Cape edition reprinted 1982 (three times) Corgi edition published 1983 Copyright 1982 by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
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I The village of Rennes-leChateau 2 The Chateau d'Hautpoul 3 Berenger Sauniere 4 The Villa Bethania 5 The Visigothic pillar in the church at Rennes-le Chateau 6 The inscribed calvary near the entrance of the church at Rennes-leChateau 7 The Tour Magdala, Rennes-le Chateau 8 The Cathar castle of Montsegur 9 A fifteenth-century print of Jerusalem 10 The Tomb of David, Abbey of Notre Dame duMont de Sion, Jerusalem 11 The Temple, Jerusalem 12 The octagonal tower of the castle of Gisors 13 The sea wall of the castle of Athlit, Palestine 14 The church of the Knights Templar, London 15 Interior of the Temple church, London 16 a Seal of the Abbey of Notre Dame duMont de Sion b Seal of the Knights Templar 17 The Abbey of Orval 18 The tomb near Arques 19 "La Fontaine de Fortune', by Rene d'Anjou 20 "Et in Arcadia Ego', by Guercino 21 "Et in Arcadia Ego', by Poussin 22 "Les Bergers d'Arcadie," by Poussin 23 "The Shepherds' Monument', Shugborough Hall 24 A seventeenth-century Masonic tomb 25 The trepanned skull of Dagobert II 26 Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair 27 Sword hilt and scabbard found at the grave of Childeric I 28 The crystal ball found in Childeric's grave 29 The gold bees found in Childeric's grave 30 Garway church, Herefordshire 31 Graffiti on the piscina, Garway church 32 Jewish coin from the time of Antiochus VII 33 Window at Alet Cathedral 34 A fifteenth-century illumination depicting fleur-de lys 35 Untitled painting of Godfroi de Bouillon, by Claude Vignon
1 The major sites of investigation in France 2 Rennes-leChateau and its environs 3 The Languedoc of the Cathars 4 The major castles and towns of the Holy Land in the mid-twelfth century 5 Jerusalem the Temple and the area of Mount Sion in the mid-twelfth century 6 The Duchy of Lorraine in the midsixteenth
century 7 The Merovingian kingdoms 8 Judaea, showing the only avenue of escape for the Tribe of Benjamin 9 Palestine at the time of Jesus 10 The Jewish princedom Genealogies
1 The dukes of Guise and Lorraine 2 The Merovingian dynasty the kings 3 The Merovingian dynasty the counts of Razes 4 The Merovingian dynasty the lost kings 5 The families of Gisors, Payen and Saint-Clair
1 The Plantard family crest 2 The cover design of the novel, Circuit 3 The coat of arms of RennesleChdteau
4 The official device of the Prieure de Sion Acknowledgments
We should like particularly to thank Ann Evans, without whom this book could not have been written. We should also like to thank the following: Jehan 1"Ascuiz, Robert Beer, Ean Begg, Dave Bennett, Colin Bloy, Juliet Burke, Henri Buthion, Jean-Luc Chaumeil, Philippe de Cherisey, Jonathan Clowes, Shirley Collins, Chris Cornford, Painton Cowan, Roy Davies, Liz Flower, Janice Glaholm, John Glover, Liz Greene, Margaret Hill, Renee Hinchley, Judy Holland, Paul Johnstone, Patrick Lichfield, Douglas Lockhart, Guy Lovel, Jane McGillivray, Andrew MaxwellHyslop, Pam Morris, Lea Olbinson, Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair, Bob Roberts, David Rolfe, John Saul, Gerard de Sede, Rosalie Siegel, John Sinclair, Jeanne Thomason, Louis Vazart, Colin Waldeck, Anthony Wall, Andy Whitaker, the staff of the British Museum Reading Room and the residents of Rennes-leChateau.
Photographs were kindly supplied by the following: AGRACI, Paris, 35; Archives Nationales, Paris, 16a; Michael Baigent, London, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, 27, 28, 29; Michel Bouffard, Carcassonne, 4; W. Braun, Jerusalem, 11, 13; British Library, London, 9, 16b, 34; British Museum, London (reproduced by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum), 32; Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 10; Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth (reproduced by permission of the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement), 21; Jean Dieuzaide/YAN photo, Toulouse, 8; Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, 20; Patrick Lichfield, London, 23; Henry Lincoln, London, 3; Musee du Louvre, Paris, 22; Ost. Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, 19; Permission to quote extracts in copyright was granted by: Le Charivari magazine, Paris for material from issue no. 18, "Les Archives du Prieure de Sion'; Victor Gollancz, London and Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc, New York for specified material on pp. 334-36 from pp. 14-17 in The Secret Gospel by Morton Smith copyright 1973 by Morton Smith; Random House, Inc." New York for material from Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, translated by Helen Mustard and Charles E. Passage, copyright 1961 by Helen Mustard and Charles Passage. Introduction In 1969, en route for a summer holiday in the Cevennes, I made the casual purchase of a paperback. Le Tresor Maudit by Gerard de Sede was a mystery story a lightweight, entertaining blend of historical fact, genuine mystery and conjecture. It might have remained consigned to the post-holiday oblivion of all such reading had I not stumbled upon a curious and glaring omission in its pages.