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Key to the sacred pattern : the untold story of Rennes-le-Château
Lincoln, Henry.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
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225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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DC801.R42 L565 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The mystery of Rennes-le-Chteau, the tiny village perched on a mountain top in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the sudden, unexplained wealth of its flamboyant priest, BÉranger SauniÈre, are explored in this highly entertaining book. Henry Lincoln sets down, for the first time, the dramatic story of his thirty years of delving into one of the strangest mysteries of modern times to show how the proofs finally lead to an astonishing revelation. Key to the Sacred Pattern takes us further into the hidden byways marked out by our ancestors and sets it upon provable and demonstrable foundations. The boundaries of the original riddle of Rennes-le-Chteau are extended, from the Pyrenees, to Britanny, and the Baltic Sea. Our ancestors were not, as we thought, primitive and unenlightened but far more gifted than we have ever imagined. Here is the lifting of the veil on a mysterious and dramatic legacy.

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Since 1972, Lincoln has made a career out of exposing the secret of a small village in the Pyrenees. The secret seems to have changed since Lincoln, a television writer, first began his investigation. Originally, it was about a lost treasure. In the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982), the secret was that Jesus survived the Crucifixion and escaped with Mary Magdalene to France, where they had children. Now the secret has something to do with what Lincoln calls "structured landscapes": equidistant geographical points that, when plotted on paper, form pentacles. Although he's not exactly sure what this means, he proposes that it proves the ancients had much more sophisticated measurement abilities than previously thought. If this were the whole book, readers, especially those not schooled in geometry, would lose interest fast. Fortunately, most of Lincoln's story is about how he came to uncover the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau and some of the adventures and misadventures he's had along the way. Fans of the popular Holy Blood, Holy Grail will probably devour this, but others may think the real mystery is, How does Lincoln keep twisting the topic into new books? --Ilene Cooper

Table of Contents

Part I The Discovering
August 1969: Summer in the Cevennes
1970: Chronicle
Rennes-le-Chacirc;teau: First Impressions
Filming: And a Change of Plan
The Sheperds of Arcadia
The Priest, the Painter and the Devil
The Poussin Geometry Appears
Plantard and his Priory
An Independent Disaster
Part II The Discovery
The Pathway of Discovery
Basic Facts
New Findings
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