Cracking the Symbol Code: The Hidden Message within Church and Renaissance Art

Overview

Expanding on issues touched on in The Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking study explores the real story of Christianity—a story told by men and women condemned by the traditional, orthodox church, and one long hidden in mysterious codes and symbols. In medieval times, dissenters believed the established church ruthlessly suppressed the truth about Jesus and his ministry. Branded as heretics and subject to torture and execution for their beliefs, the dissenters—including the Knights Templar, Freemasons, Cathars,...

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Overview

Expanding on issues touched on in The Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking study explores the real story of Christianity—a story told by men and women condemned by the traditional, orthodox church, and one long hidden in mysterious codes and symbols. In medieval times, dissenters believed the established church ruthlessly suppressed the truth about Jesus and his ministry. Branded as heretics and subject to torture and execution for their beliefs, the dissenters—including the Knights Templar, Freemasons, Cathars, and groups of scientists—devised an ingenious code to communicate with fellow sympathizers and preserve the truth. They concealed these complex symbols in art, artifacts, and architecture of the medieval world. Finally, this fascinating underground language is deciphered…revealing powerful messages meant as much for today’s truth seekers as for medieval minds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842931363
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 989,200
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 In the beginning 1
Ch. 1 The birth and development of sacred symbolism 3
Ch. 2 The legacy of ancient Egyptian gnosis 16
Sect. 2 The Bible, Egyptian origins of Judaism and two conflicting views of Jesus 31
Ch. 3 The Bible and the Israelites 33
Ch. 4 Two conflicting accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus 50
Sect. 5 Early Christianity and the development of Christian symbolism 73
Ch. 5 St. Paul, the early history of the church and the foundations of Christian symbolism 74
Ch. 6 The consolidation of Christian Europe and the foundations of church symbolism 86
Ch. 7 The glory of the gothic 97
Sect. 4 The hidden streams come to the surface 109
Ch. 8 Sacred geometry and 'La Langue Verte' 111
Ch. 9 The hidden streams within the church 125
Ch. 10 The outward reality of Chartres Cathedral 146
Ch. 11 The mystical interior of Chartres Cathedral 167
Ch. 12 The veneration of the black Madonna 182
Ch. 13 The grail, the tarot trumps and the demise of the Templars 192
Ch. 14 The mystical symbolism within Rosslyn Chapel 209
Ch. 15 The continuing initiatory stream 229
Ch. 16 Heretical symbolism in Renaissance paintings 245
Ch. 17 The controversial craft of Freemasonry 255
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