The Templar Revelation

Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince

One of this season’s fiction phenomena has been the Dan Brown thriller The Da Vinci Code, which no doubt introduced a lot of mainstream readers to the occult mystery that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene; that he fathered children by her; that the bloodline took root in France, where Magdalene escaped with Joseph of Arimathea; and that this is the Holy Grail guarded throughout the ages by the Knights Templar. The Templar Revelation, subtitled Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ and originally issued in 1998, has been reprinted and marketed to capitalize on the success of Brown’s book. It’s well-researched and well-sourced and should fascinate any reader who wants more information on the ideas in Brown’s book, or who got off on Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln’s 1983 book Holy Blood, Holy Grail.