When I first saw The Da Vinci Code in bookshops I was very interested as I love all that conspiracy theory stuff about the Templars, the Holy Grail and the early christian church. It’s over twenty years since I first read The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and I still like to read a couple of books like that every year.
But then I realised that The Da Vinci Code was a novel, so I put it back and didn’t buy it. Over the next couple of months I came close to buying it a number of times, but each time I couldn’t help thinking that it would be one of those crap American thrillers that I hate so I didn’t buy it.
Then last week I was in a bookshop and I wanted a third book to go in a “3 for 2″ offer, so I finally cracked and bought it. I’d also read Simon Waldeman’s piece about it so I thought it was worth giving it a go.
And, you know, I’m really not sure what I thought of it. It’s certainly not great literature. Dan Brown isn’t a very good writer. But I don’t know if that’s very important. What is important is that through this book a lot more people will be introduced to the theories. And that annoys the church. And anything that annoys the cuhurch has to be a good thing.
As I said before, these theories aren’t new at all, but I suspect that a relatively small proportion of the population are aware of them. In case you’re interested and haven’t read the book yet, here’s a brief summary (without spoiling the plot).
* Jesus was married to Mary of Magdelene
* They had children
* The church has tried to cover up these facts
* The Knights Templar discovered something in the ruins of the temple in Jerusalem that proved these facts
* When the Templars were disbanded, they actually went underground and changed their name to the Priory of Sion
* The Priory of Sion is still going today
* They know where the Templars secret is hidden
* They also know the identities of the descendents of Jesus and Mary
I don’t know (or particularly care) if these facts are true or not. But what is true is that various branches of the church seem to get very upset if people start discussing these theories.
I’ve just seen that there is a film of the book planned too. So even more people will be talking about it. And the church will get even more upset.