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Contents

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Introduction

 
Chapter One

Leonardo da Vinci - his life and art

  • Overview: His art, science, cartography and inventions
  • Leonardo's coded messages and what importance they have for us today
  • The Vitruvian Man
  • The Madonna of the Rocks
  • The Mona Lisa
  • The Last Supper
  • The Adoration of the Magi
  • The controversy over The Shroud of Turin
Chapter Two

The Priory of Sion, its Grand Masters and the Plantards

  • The known history of The Priory
  • The purpose and aims of the Priory of Sion
  • The rise and fall of the Knights Templar
  • The "Cutting of the Elm"
  • The Nostradamus connection
  • The Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion
    - Nicolas Flamel and the Harry Potter connection
    - Rene d'Anjou
    - Sandro Filipepi (a.k.a. Botticelli)
    - Robert Boyle
    - Sir Isaac Newton
    - Charles Nodier
    - Victor Hugo
    - Claude Debussy
    - Jean Cocteau
  • The present situation
  • The Algerian debacle
  • CIRCUIT
  • The "Truth" behind Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair
Chapter Three

The Davidic and Merovingian Bloodlines

  • Were the descendants of Jesus sitting on the thrones of Europe and what happened to them?
  • The Holy Grail as the bloodline of Jesus Christ
  • The Merovingians
  • King Dagobert
  • Conclusive Evidence
  • The Australian "Royal Family"
Chapter Four

The Real Sauniere and Rennes-le-Chateau

  • The choice of the name Sauniere by Dan Brown
  • The "real" Sauniere - Berenger
  • The Discovery at Rennes-le-Chateau
  • History of Rennes-le-Chateau
  • The Source of Sauniere's Wealth
  • The Mystery Deepens
  • Sacred Geometry
Chapter Five

Constantine the Great

  • The blending of Sol Invictus, Mithraism, and Christianity
  • The Desposyni, the descendants of Christ
  • Constantine changes the dates of Christmas and Easter to coincide with previous Pagan festivals
  • Constantine presents himself as the Messiah
  • The rewriting of the New Testament
  • The Donation of Constantine and how this fraud affects our political systems to this day
Chapter Six

The Holy Grail in Europe

  • The Grail as a physical object
  • King Arthur
  • The Grail's home in Spain
Chapter Seven

Jesus Christ - the facts and fiction

  • The schism between St. Paul and Jesus Christ's brother, James
  • Details of Arian beliefs
  • The origin of the word "messiah" and its interpretations
  • Paul's rejection of the orthodox Jewish religion
  • Paul's relationship with the Gentiles
  • How our perceptions of Christianity have been influenced by Paul
  • The lack of mention of the Romans in the New Testament, and why
  • Information on the Roman occupation was downplayed for political reasons
  • The prophecy of the messiah being born of a virgin
  • Why Jesus "had to" be born in Bethlehem and why the story of his "virgin" manger birth was fabricated
  • The "betrayal" of Judas
  • The re-writing of the Gospels
Chapter Eight

Was Jesus Married?

  • Dan Brown's comments on ABC's Primetime Monday on whether or not Mary Magdalene was a prostitute
  • The wedding feast of Mary and Jesus at Cana
  • The meaning behind the name of the character "Sir Leigh Teabing"
  • The truth behind the Gospels of Philip and John
  • The omitted part of the Gospel of Mark referring to Christ's marriage
  • The truth behind the Lazarus story
Chapter Nine

Opus Dei

  • The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei
  • A cult?
  • Recruitment
  • The Life of a Member
  • Corporal Mortification
  • The Cilice
  • Discipline
  • Cold Showers
  • Meals
  • The Heroic Minute
  • Silences
Chapter Ten

Other Themes Explored in The Da Vinci Code

  • Cryptology and the Atbash Cipher - decoding the Da Vinci code
  • The Cryptex - poetic license?
  • Baphomet: Did the Templars worship the devil?
  • Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio - sacred geometry and its place in the mystery of The Da Vinci Code
  • Secret Societies
    - The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
    - P2
    - Compagnie de Saint-Sacrement
  • The Origins of Tarot
  • History of the Vatican Observatory and Castel Gandalfo
  • The Gnostic Gospels
Chapter Eleven

Significant Parisian Locations Visited in The Da Vinci Code

  • The Louvre
  • L'Eglise de Saint-Sulpice
  • Rue Haxo
  • Le Chateau de Villette
Chapter Twelve

Rosslyn Chapel

  • The Apprentice Pillar
  • Hidden Treasure 148
Chapter Thirteen

London

  • The Temple Church
  • Westminster Abbey
    - The tomb of Sir Isaac Newton
    - The Chapter House
    - The Cloisters
    - St. Faith's Chapel
    - The Pyx Chamber

Glossary

Bibliography/References

Index

  
 
 
 
List of photographs and illustrations
  1. Self Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci
  2. The Madonna of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci
  3. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
  4. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
  5. The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci
  6. The Shroud of Turin
  7. Woodcut of Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay, his hands bound
  8. Knights Templar burned at the stake
  9. Nicolas Flamel's house in Paris, circa 1900
  10. Flamel's house today
  11. The Priory of Sion's official device
  12. First Sauniere parchment
  13. Second Sauniere parchment
  14. Statue of Berenger Sauniere at the Sauniere Museum
  15. The Magdala Tower
  16. Statue of Asmodeus in the church at Rennes-le-Chateau
  17. Les Bergers d'Arcadie by Nicolas Poussin
  18. The church at Rennes-le-Chateau
  19. The Marie de Blanchefort tombstone from the graveyard at Rennes-le-Chateau, featuring the Priory's "PS" symbol
  20. Medieval Fresco depicting the Donation of Constantine in the Church of Santi Quattro Coronati, Rome
  21. The Holy Grail Chalice in Valencia Cathedral
  22. Pope John Paul II kissing the Chalice on November 8, 1982
  23. Opus Dei headquarters in New York
  24. Baphomet drawn by French occultist Eliphas Levi
  25. The Fibonacci Spiral
  26. The Tarot card of the Hanging Man, attributed to Jacquemin Gringonneur
  27. The Louvre
  28. La Pyramide Inversee at the Louvre
  29. L'Eglise de Saint-Sulpice
  30. The "Rose Line" (supposedly the original, ancient) Meridian running through l'Eglise de Saint-Sulpice
  31. Le Chateau de Villette
  32. Rosslyn Chapel
  33. The Apprentice pillar, Rosslyn Chapel
  34. The Temple Church in London
  35. Westminster Abbey
   
 
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