The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ

The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ

by Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
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The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ by Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince

THE MOST CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET OF THE WESTERN WORLD IS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED — AND YOU WILL NEVER SEE CHRISTIANITY IN THE SAME LIGHT AGAIN.
In a remarkable achievement of historical detective work that is destined to become a classic, authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince delve into the mysterious world of the Freemasons, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, and the occult to discover the truth behind an underground religion with roots in the first century that survives even today. Chronicling their fascinating quest for truth through time and space, the authors reveal an astonishing new view of the real motives and character of the founder of Christianity, as well as the actual historical — and revelatory — roles of John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented, The Templar Revelation presents a secret history, preserved through the centuries but encoded in works of art and even in the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, whose final chapter could shatter the foundation of the Christian Church.

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ISBN-13: 9780684848914
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 11/12/1998
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 795,741
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lynn Picknett is a writer, researcher, and lecturer on historical and religious mysteries. Her seminal book, written with Clive Prince, The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, inspired the New York Times bestsellers The Da Vinci Code and The Secret Supper. They are also the authors of The Sion Revelation: The Truth About the Guardians of Christ's Sacred Bloodline. She lives in London, England.

Clive Prince is a writer, researcher, and lecturer on the paranormal, the occult, and historical and religious mysteries. With Lynn Picknett, he is the author of The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ and Turin Shroud: In Whose Image? He lives in London, England.

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Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ladies & Gentlemen....this book is certainly worth anyones time to read; especially if one has an interest in ancient history, biblical or otherwise and isn't too afraid to think past this or any other 'book'. That specific examples were presented showing which specific aspects of the Christian record are also shared by other religions and that these other religions predate Christianity is very enlightening. Christianity's pagen elements are pretty well documented through the independent study by scholars and addressed here as well. It's not scarey, it's interesting. The Egyptian Isis cult & the dying and rising god cults (ie. Osiris) were something I new nothing of. Resurrection was a major theme in these BCE religions as it obviously is in Christianity. The idea here, is that the authors, as they've pointed out in the last chapter themselves, have merely collated and commented on the works of numerous others scholars independent work. They cleary draw specific parallels based upon the body of research, so the fact that they make conjecture shouldn't be a surprise. I didn't feel the authors were pretending to have a monopoly on the truth here. A hypothesis is precisely that.. most of their conjecture isn't entirely implausible either. Some parts do drag out a bit like the sections about the mystery of Baringer Sauniere and whatever the secret was on how he fell into such undocumented wealth so quickly... but worth plodding through just the same. Also, if you've read the bible, but haven't yet read any of the gnostic gospels that this book cites ad nausium...this read may spark some interest to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the bible and don't recall seeing the quote, 'All you need to know is in the bible.' Can anyone tell me the exact book, chapter, and verse? Ladies and gentlemen, I whole heartedly recommend this book to those who are strong in their faith and thirst to know it better. It takes great preparation to question the unknown; it takes courage to question what we already believe we do know. Allow yourself to question 'why'. That is what this book is trying to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like how Christians put their views in this review to say this is all conspiracy theory and none of it has been researched. They want to see proof? The bible poses no proven truths that I am aware of, it is based on faith. How funny that someone would want rock solid proof on a subject they know nothing of and then preach the next day to have faith. Typical reply from these sorts of people, I have met many in my life and ALL were multi-faced, what I mean is they preach one thing but do another...it is the 'christian' way. I like these sorts of books, I would read the bible but the storyline is quite dull. I will continue to research into this area as it is much more interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent! But more information is provided in another book not leaked to the world by Dan Brown.I am referring to Bloodline of the Holy Grail by Laurence Garder.
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Tennesseedog More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book in 2005. Its topic became current and much more popular with the excitement and criticism of Dan Brown's, The Davinci Code. It is impossible to read this treatise without being capable of opening your mind to alternative Christian theology. The authors shocking theories and heavily documented research has nothing to do with Brown's fanciful novel. But by reading this work you will be viewed by many others in a certain manner. You may be ostracized by Catholics if you speak the unspeakable notions contained therein. You will not be popular with Protestants, either. The work is well-written but sometimes dense. It can be enjoyably read, however, and has the power to make you think that alternatives in religion exist and did exist before the Conclave at Nicea. The question asked is why were these alternatives subjected to such censorship during the mid-first Millenium and subsequently so fiercely prosecuted through the Middle Ages up until the present time. Definitely worth your attention.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ladies & Gentlemen....this book is certainly worth anyones time to read; especially if one has an interest in ancient history, biblical or otherwise and isn't too afraid to think past this or any other 'book'. That specific examples were presented showing which specific aspects of the Christian record are also shared by other religions and that these other religions predate Christianity is very enlightening. Christianity's pagen elements are pretty well documented through the independent study by scholars and addressed here as well. It's not scarey, it's interesting. The Egyptian Isis cult & the dying and rising god cults (ie. Osiris) were something I new nothing of. Resurrection was a major theme in these BCE religions as it obviously is in Christianity. The idea here, is that the authors, as they've pointed out in the last chapter themselves, have merely collated and commented on the works of numerous others scholars independent work. They cleary draw specific parallels based upon the body of research, so the fact that they make conjecture shouldn't be a surprise. I didn't feel the authors were pretending to have a monopoly on the truth here. A hypothesis is precisely that.. most of their conjecture isn't entirely implausible either. Some parts do drag out a bit like the sections about the mystery of Baringer Sauniere and whatever the secret was on how he fell into such undocumented wealth so quickly... but worth plodding through just the same. Also, if you've read the bible, but haven't yet read any of the gnostic gospels that this book frequently cites...this read may spark some interest to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't read this book or the bible for facts. I find both books to be good fiction. Our human need to inspire and console, and explain without real data, has made us natural story-tellers. To argue to the contrary is sophmoric.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, written in the order it was deciphered by its authors, is a fascinating historical detective story about the origins of European heresey from the 1st century through today. I went into this book with a very good historical background, but I was still shocked by some of the episodes in history that I was unaware of. I think the authors are careful to pose their hypothesis with the recognition that it is only a possibility, but one that merits careful consideration. If nothing else, it raises many intriguing questions about the true nature of the teachings of Jesus and how they related to the ancient Egyptian religions practiced in that time period. The book is an interesting read from start to finish, and even if you disagree with their conclusions you could appreciate the thorough nature of their investigations. A step in the right direction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't pay any mind to what has been written above by these other people. This book provides much needed insight into the history of the Christian Faith. It would make an extremely profound movie. If you are interested in secret societies, then buy this book. If you are only interested in Christianity, and you for some demented reason believe you know what kind of person Jesus was, then you will be quite upset. But if you have half a brain, you will appreciate the work the author went through to produce this fine book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book -while intriguing- was poisoned with weak hypotheses and tons of circumstantial facts. While their theory is obviously difficult to prove, not even their most fundamental arguments could hold water in a court of law. I was left disappointed at what could have been a much more interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this has been said of many book before,it is very appropriate to say as far as this book is concerned. All or most that we've known about Christianity has to be questioned after having read the powerful arguments of these two authors. Even though it challenges the status quo in matters related to established dogmas,neverthless, it immediately gives wings to one's imagination to see the world in a different way. It also gives an excellent history of secret societies of which few of us have heard at all. I enjoyed this book tremendously,and even if somebody does not agree with all the ideas in it,nobody can question the scholarly approach the authors have taken. In addition,it also can be read as a science-fiction,since it seems to be one,although based on reality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
History is all about perspective. I would like to thank Picknett and Prince for their perspective on the Templars, about whom nobody has the complete or full story to date. If you are interested in the Templars I would suggest that this book offers some intriguing 'perceptions' to stimulate the open mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While there were a few interesting facts provided in this book, over all I found it annoying and insulting for the following reasons: First and foremost, it was tedious. Either the authors are incredibly thick or else they think their readers are; if you took out the parts that were repeated, almost verbatim, chapter after chapter, the volume would be cut in half. Secondly, and this is the galling part, they had a tendency to present an argument and then dismiss it out of hand with a phrase such as, 'We have seen that this is not so.' At no time do they offer even a cursory argument to support their 'verdict'. I suppose we should just take it on faith that they have a greater insight into truth!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those who are 'open-minded', try reading actual accounts of Jesus' life and research on the Gospels themselves. This book does not justify any of its claims and relies on non-corroborated sources. A factual mess intended to deceive. The simplest answer to this charge of a Jesus conspiracy is in Peter Kreeft's Handbook of Christian Apoligetics. Or better yet for the open-minded, talk to a college prof who has studied NT theology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting read, but fails to let you know why the Gnostic Gospels were not included in the Bible. Truth is, the Bible includes the books which parallel eachother (numerous accounts of Jesus were described by more than one disciple...which are similar...therefore corroborated). The Gnostic Gospels do not, and furhtermore have a different perspective overall than the Gospels included in the Bible. Of course, the Gnostic Gospels are not to be discounted completely. Those works chosen to be included in the bible came years after they were written, for the simple fact that Christians were persecuted for hundreds of years after Jesus' time, and this was the only time it could be accomplished in a safe manner. Oh, I'm sure most readers forget that Christians were persecuted. Why should anywone think the Gnostic Gospels are the truth? No explanantion here, huh? Can't prove it? At least there plenty of Biblicle material that parallels eachother...whereas the Gnostic Gospels do not. Jesus did say 'beware of false teachers'. I say...be careful of authors who cannot even get their 'facts' correct. That speaks volumes about what they want to brainwash you with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a mixture of interesting history and conjecture taken to extremes. The conjectures take the forms of ¿what if¿¿..¿, ¿could it be that¿¿¿¿, ¿some say that¿¿¿.¿, ¿there are hints of¿¿¿¿¿, and similar presumptive phrases. And then, lo and behold, several paragraphs later these presumptions magically become ¿facts¿ that are then used to build up their argument about a ¿secret history¿. The text shows signs of representing a well-researched study, but the conjecture undermines much of the book; one soon becomes suspicious of their sources and references, suspecting that they have been carefully chosen to agree with and help make their argument.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outrageous at times, simply in error at others; I think this book is simply a blind stab at the Christian Church. One must remember that secret societies are secret for a REASON, i.e. they are NOT the norm! Whatever one may think of Jesus he was most certainly NOT a 'sorcerer' or prankster, or polititian. The authors put a lot of stock in 'research' but they are also building a house of cards here, and with any kind of inspection the house of cards comes tumbling down.