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Overview

Da Vinci Code is a modern-day publishing phenomenon. With millions of copies in print, it is the most popular adult novel of the 21st Century. In an introductory note, author Dan Brown tells us that “all descriptions of documents and secret rituals . . . are accurate.” But are they? Many scholars and theologians have attacked the book and the “facts” on which it is based. Some claim that Brown is anti-Catholic. Book clubs, reading groups, dedicated web-sites and countless reviews and articles in magazines and newspapers worldwide have fueled the fire, making Da Vinci Code not only the most successful book of its kind ever, but also the most controversial.

Now Martin Lunn, an expert historian, reveals the truth behind Dan Brown’s research. The reality of Catholic offshoot Opus Dei . . . the hard facts about the bloodline of Christ and King David . . . the origins of the Knights Templar and the infamous Priory of Sion . . . the secrets of Temple Church and Rosslyn Cathedral . . . the real Saunière . . . the mysteries of Rennes-le-Château and much more.

Da Vinci Code Decoded also provides an exhaustive tour of the locations visited by the novel’s characters: The Louvre Museum, l’Eglise de Saint-Sulpice and Rue Haxo in Paris; Château Villette; Temple Church; Westminster Abbey; Newton’s tomb; Chapter House; St. Faith’s Chapel; Rosslyn Chapel and many others.

Martin Lunn is a recognized expert in the Davidic bloodline and other issues presented in Da Vinci Code. He has a masters degree in history and an extensive background in journalism. He has lived throughout the Far and Middle East, the US and several countries in Europe, currently residing in Barcelona. He is also Grand Master of the Dragon Society, founded originally in 1408 by King Sigismund of Hungary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972952972
  • Publisher: Disinformation Company, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Disinformation Movie and Book Guides
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Lunn is a recognized expert in the Davidic bloodline and other issues presented in The Da Vinci Code. He has a Masters degree in History and a long background in journalism. He has lived throughout the Far and Middle East, the USA and several countries in Europe, currently residing in Barcelona. He is also Grand Master of the Dragon Society, founded originally in 1408 by King Sigismund of Hungary.

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Table of Contents

List of photographs and illustrations   1

 

Introduction    3

 

Chapter One

Leonardo da Vinci – his life and art    5

        Overview: His art, science, cartography and inventions  5

        Leonardo’s coded messages and what importance they have for us today  7

        The Vitruvian Man       11

        The Madonna of the Rocks        11

        The Mona Lisa   13

        The Last Supper 16

        The Adoration of the Magi       18

        The controversy over The Shroud of Turin        19


 

Chapter Two

The Priory of Sion, its Grand Masters and the Plantards       23

        The known history of The Priory 23

        The purpose and aims of the Priory of Sion      25

        The rise and fall of the Knights Templar        28

        The “Cutting of the Elm”        31

        The Nostradamus connection      33

        The Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion 34

        – Nicolas Flamel and the Harry Potter connection        36

        – René d’Anjou  37

        – Sandro Filipepi (a.k.a. Botticelli)   39

        – Robert Boyle  39

        – Sir Isaac Newton      39

        – Charles Nodier        40

        – Victor Hugo   40

        – Claude Debussy        41

        – Jean Cocteau  42

The present situation   43

        The Algerian debacle    44

CIRCUIT 45

        The “Truth” behind Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair       46


 

Chapter Three


 

The Davidic and Merovingian Bloodlines 49

        Were the descendants of Jesus sitting on the thrones of Europe and what happened to them?    49

        The Holy Grail as the bloodline of Jesus Christ 49

        The Merovingians        52

        King Dagobert   55

        Conclusive Evidence     59

        The Australian “Royal Family”   62


 

Chapter Four

The Real Saunière and Rennes-le-Château 67

        The choice of the name Saunière by Dan Brown    67

        The “real” Saunière – Bérenger  67

        The Discovery at Rennes-le-Château      68

        History of Rennes-le-Château    68

        The Source of Saunière’s Wealth 74

        The Mystery Deepens     75

        Sacred Geometry 77



 

Chapter Five

Constantine the Great   81

        The blending of Sol Invictus, Mithraism, and Christianity       81

        The Desposyni, the descendants of Christ        83

        Constantine changes the dates of Christmas and Easter

        to coincide with previous Pagan festivals       83

        Constantine presents himself as the Messiah     84

        The rewriting of the New Testament      85

        The Donation of Constantine and how this fraud affects  our political systems to this day       86


 

Chapter Six

The Holy Grail in Europe        89

        The Grail as a physical object  89

        King Arthur     90

        The Grail’s home in Spain       95


 

Chapter Seven

Jesus Christ – the facts and fiction    97

        The schism between St. Paul and Jesus Christ’s brother, James   97

        Details of Arian beliefs        98

        The origin of the word “messiah” and its interpretations        98

        Paul’s rejection of the orthodox Jewish religion        98

        Paul’s relationship with the Gentiles   98

        How our perceptions of Christianity have been

        influenced by Paul      99

        The lack of mention of the Romans in the New Testament, and why      100

        Information on the Roman occupation was downplayed for political reasons   101

        The prophecy of the messiah being born of a virgin      101

        Why Jesus “had to” be born in Bethlehem and why the story of his “virgin” manger birth was fabricated   101

        The “betrayal” of Judas 103

        The re-writing of the Gospels   104



 

Chapter Eight

Was Jesus Married?      105

        Dan Brown’s comments on ABC’s Primetime Monday on whether or not Mary Magdalene was a prostitute       105

        The wedding feast of Mary and Jesus at Cana     106

        The meaning behind the name of the character “Sir Leigh Teabing”     107

        The truth behind the Gospels of Philip and John 107

        The omitted part of the Gospel of Mark referring to Christ’s marriage    107

        The truth behind the Lazarus story      108


 

Chapter Nine

Opus Dei        111

        The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei    111

        A cult? 112

        Recruitment     113

        The Life of a Member    113

        Corporal Mortification  115

        The Cilice      116

        Discipline      116

        Cold Showers    116

        Meals   116

        The Heroic Minute       117

        Silences        117


 

Chapter Ten

Other Themes Explored in The Da Vinci Code      119

        Cryptology and the Atbash Cipher – decoding the Da Vinci code   119

        The Cryptex – poetic license?   121

        Baphomet: Did the Templars worship the devil?   121

        Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio – sacred geometry and its place in the mystery of The Da Vinci Code       123

        Secret Societies        125

        –       The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem     127

        – P2    128

        – Compagnie de Saint-Sacrement  129

        The Origins of Tarot    130

        History of the Vatican Observatory and Castel Gandalfo  132

        The Gnostic Gospels     133


 

Chapter Eleven

Significant Parisian Locations Visited in The Da Vinci Code    137

        The Louvre      137

        L’Église de Saint-Sulpice       138

        Rue Haxo        139

        Le Château de Villette  139


 

Chapter Twelve

Rosslyn Chapel 141

        The Apprentice Pillar   143

        Hidden Treasure 148


 

Chapter Thirteen

London  151

        The Temple Church       151

        Westminster Abbey       152

        – The tomb of Sir Isaac Newton  154

        – The Chapter House     156

        – The Cloisters 157

        – St. Faith’s Chapel    157

        – The Pyx Chamber       157


 

Glossary        159


 

Bibliography/References 169


 

Index   175


 

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 Saunière parchment

13.     Second Saunière parchment

14.     Statue of Bérenger Saunière at the Saunière Museum

15.     The Magdala Tower

16.     Statue of Asmodeus in the church at Rennes-le-Château

17.     Les Bergers d’Arcadie by Nicolas Poussin

18.     The church at Rennes-le-Château

19.     The Marie de Blanchefort tombstone from the graveyard at Rennes-le-Château, 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 Lévi

25.     The Fibonacci Spiral

26.     The Tarot card of the Hanging Man, attributed to Jacquemin Gringonneur

27.     The Louvre

28.     La Pyramide Inversée at the Louvre

29.     L’Église de Saint-Sulpice

30.     The “Rose Line” (supposedly the original, ancient) Meridian running through l’Église de Saint-Sulpice

31.     Le Château de Villette

32.     Rosslyn Chapel

33.     The Apprentice pillar, Rosslyn Chapel

34.     The Temple Church in London

35.     Westminster Abbey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Disappointing

    I knew a lot of the statements about Christainity in The Da Vinci Code were false, and I was interested in learning how many of the statements about symbolism and the Priory of Sion were based on truth. Unfortunately, this was not the book. It struck me as a quickly written book, even before I read a scholarly book about Christainity. The fact that it took all of five pages to state that of course Jesus was married was a big clue. The evidence boiled down to Jesus was married because otherwise the Bible would have stated he was not married. That is a clue as to the lack of scholarly research behind this book. A religious textbook written by a scholar at Notre Dame University spent approximately 30 pages examining this question and concluded that the great weight of the evidence is that Jesus was not married. Likewise, this book treated the Priory of Sion as a real organization without question. A Dateline NBC report in 2005 exposed that fallacy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Great historical account

    I'm a Da Vinci Code book reader looking for as much information as possible to find my opinion on the matter. I was raised a Christian, know the bible fairly well and found myself intrigued and wanting after reading the Da Vinci Code. This book had been a great beginning for me on my journey to some kind of truth. The ideas presented in Dan Brown's books have impacted me and this book answers alot of the detail oriented questions.

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