Key to the Sacred Pattern Synopsis
Ten years before the publication of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Henry Lincoln began his odyssey into the mysteries of an insignificant village in the French Pyrenees. In the 1890s, Bérenger Saunière, the penniless priest of Rennes-le-Château became spectacularly wealthy after finding coded parchments hidden in his church. His largesse transformed the village. His Magdala Tower and his mysterious renovation of his church still stand as silent testament to the enduring mysteries of Rennes-le-Château.
Fifty years after Saunière’s death, Henry Lincoln picked up the trail to discover the truth behind the priest’s unexplained wealth. Lincoln’s dogged and methodical research culminated in three BBC television documentaries and the world-wide best-sellers Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy, which put forward the hypothesis that perhaps the priest had stumbled upon facts known only to a secret society, the Priory of Sion. Is it possible that Jesus was married? Did he father a blood-line which still survives? Was the Priory of Sion behind the Knights Templars ? Did Saunière find some – or all – of their fabled treasure?
Clue after clue was uncovered by Lincoln and, in Key to the Sacred Pattern, he lays down the history of Lincoln’s quest. It is largely due to Lincoln’s dogged and methodical research into Bérenger Saunière, Rennes-le-Château, the Knights Templar, and the Priory of Sion that the world has seen a glimpse into one of history’s most compelling mysteries. Certainly Lincoln’s work has been generously built on by both fiction and non-fiction authors and the resulting cultural phenomena centering around Bérenger Saunière, Rennes-le-Château, the Knights Templar, and the Priory of Sion.
But to say that Key to the Sacred Pattern is the chronicle of a hunt for lost Templar gold or chasing a shadowy secret society would be a mistake. The true gem of Key to the Sacred Pattern is Lincoln’s presentation of the unarguable and astonishing facts behind this strange and gripping mystery. Far older than Jesus, it stretches back into an undreamt past. Is there a geometric pattern to the placement of holy places throughout Europe? Discover the true Rennes-le-Château and the reality which lie beyond the mountaintop village. This second edition of Key to the Sacred Pattern contains additional material as well as new and updated images.
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Primary BISAC Category: OCC031000
Body, Mind, and Spirit, / Ancient Mysteries and Controversial Knowledge
Print ISBN-13: 9781944066000
Print ISBN-10: 1944066004
eBook ISBN: 9781310841972
Release Date: 28 Aug 2015
Key to the Sacred Pattern: The Untold Story of Rennes-le-Chateau Print Editions
Key to the Sacred Pattern: The Untold Story of Rennes-le-Chateau
About Author Henry Lincoln
Henry Lincoln has had a long and distinguished career as not only an author, but a television presenter, scriptwriter and actor as well. Most notably, Lincoln was a co-author of the 1982 New York Times bestseller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. At the time the controversial The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail introduced a majority of the world to the shadowy secret society the Priory of Sion, a treasure hunt in the tiny French village of Rennes-le-Château, and the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail also served as the basis for Dan Brown’s 2003 best-seller The Da Vinci Code. In the years since The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail was released, Lincoln has continued dissecting the mysteries of Rennes-le-Château in such works as Key to the Sacred Pattern: The Untold Story of Rennes-le-Château, The Holy Place: Discovering the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World, The Messianic Legacy (with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh), and The Templars' Secret Island: The Knights, The Priest and The Treasure (with Erling Haagensen).
Serving as the basis for his written works, Lincoln wrote and narrated the following documentaries for BBC2’s series Chronicle: The Lost Treasure of Jerusalem...? (1972), The Priest, the Painter, and the Devil (1974), and The Shadow of the Templars (1979).
Aside from his extensive book catalog, Lincoln is also known for co-writing three Doctor Who multi-part serials starring Patrick Troughton: "The Abominable Snowmen" (1967), "The Web of Fear" (1968) and "The Dominators "(1968). Lincoln is also the creator of the recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Lincoln currently lives in Rennes-les-Bains. At the moment, Lincoln is archiving research materials he has gathered in a 40-year quest to discover the truth behind the Rennes-le-Château mysteries.
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