This Easter, if you have never really acquainted yourself with the Christ story, or if you read The Da Vinci Code and believed it, do yourself a favour… read this:
A long time ago, in a lifetime far, far away, I bought a book called The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail. Hundreds of people queued at
my city's biggest bookshop to obtain the first copies of what was billed as the biggest blow to Christianity in 2000 years.
That book made its authors millions. It took off around the world, all because of its highly controversial allegations – that Jesus Christ did not die on the Cross, but slipped away and secretly married Mary Magdalene before escaping to France and having babies. The essence of the story was that the "Holy Grail" of ancient repute was not, in fact, the chalice from which Christ gave the disciples Communion, but that the real "Grail" was in fact "Sang Real", or Sang Royale – the royal bloodline of Christ as the authors perceived the story.
According to their "exposé", a vast network of co-conspirators had worked through the ages to protect the descendants of Jesus – still living in France – and that protection included the Knights Templar and a mysterious monastic organisation named the Priory of Zion which allegedly continues to this day.