In the course of their investigation into Leonardo da Vinci, Lynn Pickett and Clive Prince found clues about his strangely passionate belief in the importance of John the Baptist.
Here, along with a reassessment of the significance of Mary Magdalene and the sacred feminine, the authors reveal that Da Vinci's apparently peculiar religion was shared by the Knights Templar. And their profoundly heretical belief that the Baptist was superior to Jesus himself still has the power to pose a threat to the very foundations of the Christian Church....
©1997 Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
Listening to this I couldn't help feel that I had heard it all before. Interesting nonetheless and worth the listen.
I really liked this book and there was an awful lot of information getting thrown at me and that's why it lost a star, it became a rapid fire of information and there were a few times were I got a little lost. But overall, a very informative book.
Fascinating (albeit blasphemous) alternative account of the lives of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. This book puts the case of the early heretics. There are also links with Egypt, The Crusaders, Mandeans, Priory of Sion and Freemasons. However, there is far too much conjecture and it does not change my belief that Christ is the Messiah and the original account in the Holy Bible is the true one. The writers have imaginations that run away with themselves. I'm a Catholic and this is not a book for Christians. I will be doing Christians a favour by warning them not to read this book. Although, I am giving this book 5 stars I do not recommend it and don't read it.
"Must Read For Western Esoteric Students"
definitely read Holy Blood, Holy Grail before this one. This book was inspired by HBHG and makes many references to it. In many ways this book reads like a sequel to HBHG written by different authors. I was pleasantly surprised by how much of this work is about Western Occultism. Much of the book is spent exploring esoteric philosophy and placing in its historical context. I have always been fascinated by John the Baptist and this book contains a beautiful exploration of his real personage and place in history. If you are a Mason or a Rosicrucian this will be an initiatory document for you.
"extreme in depth"
it's long, but well worth it. if you want short overview, there are others, but this is a total depiction of Templars.
"Very entertaining and enlightening."
Puts a lot of pieces together of a story that spans multiple centuries and culture. Expands on Holy Blood Holy Grail in a fresh study of what it is the Templar's are protecting.
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