Before Dan Brown

Last night I discovered an e-mail I sent Patrice Hanson, the mother of my daughter, Heather Hanson. She had made a copy of it and when we had a falling out, I asked for all my correspondence back. I believed she was corresponding with Tom Snyder who wrote the worst biography ever written about my late sister, Christine Rosamond Benton. I suspected she bid our daughter to go shopping in our family for the best story, one that would enrich her and her daughter and cast a light on just how special Patrice believes she is, she taking credit for our child being very special, and giving some credit to my famous sister whom she never met, and has been dead for four years. As for me, I had to be insane. Who would read a book about a bloodline that descends from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. I am sure Patrice got a n opinion from her minister who may ha told her to go for the sure thing, the real Rose of the World story about a woman artist named after the Christ, and his mother.

The subject of this e-mail is “Rose of the World”. I sent it February 15, 2001. I used a sender that I lost so I will have to transcribe this e-mail and post it later. Dan Brown published ‘The Da Vinci Code’ March 18, 2003, three years after I sent my e-mail to my seventeen year old daughter who betrayed me, called me a “parasite” and “insane” as she blamed me for all the strife in my family who thwarted my books, my autobiography, my opinions about the “Rose Line” that is surely worthy of a book – two years before Dan Brown wrote his work of fiction – after he and his wife allegedly spied on the yahoogroups I was a member of. Below are some of the e-mails I exchanged in ‘The Priory’ with other brave folks who delved into an ancient mystery that suggested Jesus was married, and born a daughter in the world. This truth did not get down to us because ruthless people hid the truth from us. They altered it for selfish reasons. There were power plays and secret deals. Jesus Christ was un-fathered, his daughter taken from him, just like my daughter was taken from me. And then Tom Snyder published his book of lies that vilified members of my family, and denigrated my mother, Rosemary Rosamond.

One could suggest this is what would happen to the progenitor of the Rose Line – this very day! Is this proof my family is of the Rose Line? Tom Snyder tried to trick me into signed a contract that would forbid me to author my families story. You would not be able to read this e-mail I found, for it mentions Christine along with the Nazarites that are mentioned in one of the first reviews of ‘The Da Vicni Code’

That the history of my kindred is being distorted by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in regards to the religious battle brewing in the Reoublican party, suggests this fight is over the True Jesus, whomever he is. Shortly after I sent my e-mail my daughter was disapeared, she seeing members of my family behind my back so as to get in our Family History. I was not told she was going to give birth to my grandson, Tyler Hunt. I was being kept in the dark, while Patrice Hanson took credit for the light that surrounded Vic and Rosemary’s grandchild they never met because Patrice kept Heather a secret from me, I now behilding my daughter until she was sixteen.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

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Amazon.com Review
With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.
A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu’s grandfather’s murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown’s hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture’s greatest mysteries–from the nature of the Mona Lisa’s smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown’s conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. –Jeremy Pugh

The Da Vinci Code : A Review
Guest Author – Paula Laurita
A review of the audio book version of Dan Brown’s bestseller.
In preparing for a six-hour drive, I searched for an entertaining book to keep me awake. I found it in Dan Brown’s international bestseller, The Da Vince Code. But, not for many of the reasons others have found it captivating.
Over 20 years ago, another book was written about the Knights Templar, the Prieure de Sion, the descendants of the Merovingian bloodline, and other “amazing” revelations about Jesus. This book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, trod much of the same ground as The Da Vinci Code, but with surer steps.
The Da Vinci Code is a so-so mystery and poor history. I spent the majority of my time saying, “Come on Robert [the protagonist] catch-up, it’s __________ [fill in object, place, person, or idea].” The characters are all two dimensional. The French cryptologist speaks perfect English because her grandfather insisted that they only speak English at home. Excuse me?! The curator of the Louvre only speaks English in his home? How about the logical explanation that Sophie benefited from the European practice of beginning foreign languages early in school. I know many Europeans who speak impeccable English for this very reason.
The history is appalling. When explaining why Jesus had to have children because of his Jewish culture the Harvard professor seems lacking in fundamental information about the period. Has this Ivy League educator never heard of the Nazarites?
John the Baptist was a Nazarite. Nazarites took vows that involved three primary things:
1. Abstinence from wine and strong drink
2. Refraining from cutting the hair off the head during the whole period of the continuance of the vow
3. The avoidance of contact with the dead
You can read more about the Nazarites in the Catholic Encyclopedia. It would be considered “normal” for a person taking this vow to abstain from sexual relations. It would not be seen as the great oddity Brown would like his readers to believe.
The Essenes were one of the major sects of Judaism in the first century C.E. One of the Essenes’ major identifiers was their rejection of marriage. They opted to live as a celibate community. The status of the Essenes and John the Baptist’s status as a Nazarite would mean that a new prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, would not be atypical for not marrying.
It turns out that Dan Brown is familiar with the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here he takes a great deal of liberty with the facts. The dialogue on pg. 254 is as follows:
Fortunately for historians, some of the gospels that Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950s hidden in a cave near Qumran in the Judean desert. And, of course, the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi. In addition to telling the true Grail story, these documents speak of Christ’s ministry in very human terms.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 (not the 1950s). They do not mention Jesus Christ at all. And they were hidden in those caves c. 70 AD, some 250 years before the Council of Nicaea for reasons that had nothing to do with the as yet unborn Emperor Constantine at all.
The Nag Hammadi texts are incorrectly called “scrolls” by Brown. They are instead codices that contain no mention of Jesus, nor Mary Magdalene.
I could continue pointing out other instances of poor use of history. This book did bring me back to look at Da Vinci’s Last Supper. I recommend this book to pass the time with, perhaps on your long drive, but don’t invest a great deal in it. Take everything you read with a LARGE grain of salt.
Discuss this book in the Library Sciences Forum.
By, Paula S.W. Laurita, 2003

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Why should you get money for your work? If I pay you in toy money,
will that do? Will your ego be appeased, or, do you really need the
money?

Jon
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> June 26, An XCIX 2002 e.v.
> Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
> Jons objections to my Work are quite amusing. He is a perfect
example of the type of person who shoots off guns blazing wihout
doing any research. Did he really think his toy guns would scare me
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> Does the IRS get a cut? Why should anybody give you anything, in
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> Name of Aiwass? Let’s see some credentials. Give me three reasons
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> Jon
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> > June 23, An XCIX 2002 e.v.
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> > Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
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> > Representitve of the Sacred Order of the Lamp of the Invisible
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Fwd: Ogmios-Hercules

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Paul Smith ‘The Rex Mundi’ who haunts Rennes-le-Chateau, has been
moonlighting as mythographer??!!!

Here is one of several posts on Argo Navis. This one posted September
4, 2001. I may have a Copyright infringement.

It is my Copyrighted contention that the original Nazarite chruch
descends from the Dactyles who GUARDED the infant Zeus in the cave on
Crete. Zeus was taught how to finger-sing by the CENTAUR, Cherion.
This is the Ogham, also called “the oars of the ship”. Ogmios was
aboard the Argos with Jason. As to this “midday”, Atlas/Attis was
sacrificed the obelisk at high-noon, in the dog-days, when the sun is
closest to Earth. Jesus replicates this crucifixion, as
Hercules/Samson, the Nazarite. The Habsburgs put Ogmios/Herucles at
the center of their family cosmology, for they descend from Ogmios
and princess Argotta, they the ‘Alpha Galotes’ “first Franks”

Sorry Pauly! Close, but no cigar!

John Presco

Copyright 2002

Jon
— In Rennes-le-Hoax@y…, prosemont@y… wrote:
— In templars@y…, prosemont@y… wrote:
John the Baptist is the second coming of Hercules, who lived in the
Franche-Comte. Jason and Hercules were taught the Ogham by Cherion
the Centaur, who taught it to the infant Zeus. Hercules was with
Jason on the Argos, thus the seal of the Templars is depicting Argos
the ‘Ship of the Desert’ and the lion is the Davidian Branch of
Nazarenes. Hercules half-brother was Dionysus (Bacchus). Being born
of Zeus’s thigh is a “virgin birth”. As a Star-son Hercules entered
the Labyrinth of the Serpent de la Rouge, and faced the Minotaur.
Hercules was made a god, as was Jesus, the Superman invented by Saint
Paul in order to overcome the super-heros of the Greeks and Jews that
appear to be one and the same. That Paul’s heros have no contact with
women, and are childless, is very suspect, especially when he depicts
the women of the Mediteranean world as captured and desexed, rendered
harmless and thoroughly shamed as the Nuns who haunt this now DEAD
WORLD like phantoms, they put in a perpetual mourning for the gods
and heros of old – slain by the ‘Pharisee of Pharisees’ with is
mighty quill!

John Presco

Copyright 2001

http://www.contrepoints.com/kadath/gnoman/sites.html

http://www.kernunnos.com/ogmios/ogmios.html

http://www.winshop.com.au/annew/ArgoNavis.html

— In Rennes-le-Hoax@y…, prosemont@y… wrote:
Ogmios, Ogma, was the Hercules of the Gauls, their ‘Champion’ and
their ‘strong man’. He is the eloquent poet and inventer of the Ogham
alphabet. He is depicted with a club and lion-skin, drawing crowds of
prisoners along with golden chains connected by their ears to the tip
of his tongue, they hanging on his next word, they captured by his
poetic imagination. He is ‘Ogma Sun-face son of Breas’ his face
almost black from exposure to the sun. He is also Ogma Mac ElATAHN of
the Tuatha De Dannan. EL-ATHAN resembles the name JEHON-ATHAN meaning
the “son of God-el” and “son of Jehovah”. Here is Samson, spelled
Shim-son meaning “liken to the sun”. Did he spend fourty days in the
desert sun in order to blacken his face, he then coming out of
the “wilderness” to amaze the people with the poetry in his prophetic
parrabels, his riddles; he CAPTURING the crowds where ever he go,
they hanging on every sylable of his golden words that buzzed (noised)
about like golden bees’ – of the B-Celt alphabet? Is this John the
Baptist, the BRANCH of the Lion tribe, the blue-eyed Nazarene from
Gaul, the Drauger who had the strength of a bear?

Near Rougemont and Sion in Switzerland is the town of Alesia that a
Gaulish Heraklean myth claims was founded by Herackles (Hercules) on
his return to Mycene and the Pallentium court of EVANDER 2, named
after his son PALLAS. He helped Aeneas in his battle and figures
prominantly in Virgel’s the ‘Aeniad’. Is this the home of Merovee,
and the Quinataur?

In the Franche-Comte Ogmios/Hercules mated with a princess named
Golata and FATHERED the Gauls who lived there. Hercules raised an
alter to Evander, who may have founded another Arcadian colony in the
Frenche-Comte. Alisanos is the god of stones. Here the great Celtic
warrior Vercingetorix fought Julius Caesar. Napoleon was very
interested in this French history. Julius Caesar was trained as a
priest and compares the Roman religion with that of the Celtic Gauls.
He may have founded a new religion that took into account the
commonality of Ogmios, Hercules, Ogma of the Danites, John the
Bpatist, and Melkarth who is the Phoenucian Hercules. The ruins of
the Roman temple near the ruins of Castle Rougemont, suggest this is
the location of Camelot.

John Presco

Copyright 2001

Hey Becky!

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Hey Becky!

Did you know that Sauniere had to mortgage the Villa
Bethanie to raise capital to pay for his Appeal
against Interdiction in 1911?

You won’t find this information in “books” like The
Holy Blood and The Holy Grail (if you get what I
mean).

Paul Smith.

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Please ban Paul…he is a total bummer.

thank you,
becky

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Paul,

You remind me of the characters in Wim Wenders movie
“Until the End of the World” who are addicted to watching
playbacks of their dreams. You are addicted to your stifled
version of reality, and if someone steps outside of your little
constipated box, you get mad and stamp your foot like a small
child.
Get some exlax, Paul. Maybe it’ll help, although by now I
doubt that anything’ll help you. You’re too backed up; no relief
for you.

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smithpaul6 wrote:
>> For those of you who are not aware
>> of it – there never was a Rennes-le-Chateau
>> “mystery” (it was invented by Noel Corbu during
>> the 1950s) and the Priory of Sion was a figment
>> of Pierre Plantard’s imagination – it was a hoax
>> (Plantard was descended from a 13th century peasant
>> who picked walnuts).
>>
>> Take no notice of Norg and Presco because
>> they live on a different planet and are
>> cranks!
>>
>> The answers can be found here:
>>
>> http://smithpp0.tripod.com/psp/idx.html

Ferri Lord of Sion-Vaudemont

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Lord Ferri apears to be a member of the Ferrette family whom lived in
Rougemont Castle, and from whom the Habsburgs descend. You will find
genealogies with the Rougemont and Ferrette names, interchangable, in
regards to Ulrich and Frederick. I may be descended from the
Rougemonts/Rosemonts who are said members of the Knight Templars.
Here is one of my webpages that is linked to sixteen others.

It’s good to hear from my old chums from Rennes-le-Chateau. Are my
old posts, esponged?

http://www.geocities.com/prosemont/Quest_Rougemont.html

Here’s a side-trip;

http://www.geocities.com/prosemont/Kath_Ros.html

Jon Presco

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Yes, they both knew a hell of lot about myth, as most people did –
until Christianity came along, then it’s all been about shaming human
and animal genetalia for fun and profit – and bidding others to be
stupid! The stupider, the better!

Jon

— In thepriory@y…, Anthonyii42965@a… wrote:
> does anyone have any reliable information on Pharamond or Merovech
besides
> myths?

Treasure, Arcadia, RLC

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> FACT – the evidence is reproduced in several French
> books on Rennes-le-Chateau: by Rene Descadeillas,
> Pierre Jarnac, Vincianne Denis, and best one of all by
> Jean-Jacques Bedu (now sadly out-of-print).

Rene Descadeillas, a ‘serious’ researcher and debunker of the RLC
mystery tells us that there was a legend of treasure in the RLC area
long before Plantard et al. came along:

From: ‘Mythologie du trésor de Rennes’, page 42:

“For centuries a legend had stubbornly persisted, the most
authentic version of which is given by Labouisse-Rochefort in his
book `Voyage à Rennes-les-Bains’, written in 1803. This legend,
buried in people’s memories, re-arose in a quite different form and
was relocated from Rennes-les-Bains to Rennes-le-Château.”

Labouisse-Rochefort describes a treasure hidden by the devil not far
from the ruins of Blanchefort. Interestingly, Labouisse-Rochefort
also compares the area to an Arcadian landscape and uses the term ‘Et
in Arcadia Ego’ thus suggesting a link between Poussin’s ‘Bergers de
l’Arcadie’ and the area around RLC long before the dubious parchments
made the same connection:

P.Jarnac, Histoire du tresor de RLC, p.418: “Already in 1832,
Labouisse-Rochefort, author of ‘Voyage a Rennes-les-Bains’, made a
comparison between the region of Rennes-les-Bains and Arcadia.”

The phrase ‘Et In Arcadia Ego’ was used on the frontispiece of
the book by Labouisse-Rochefort, ‘Les Amours, A Eléonore, recueil
d’elegies divise en trois livres, orné de six gravures’ (1817;
first edition). Also used was a short poem composed by Mme La Comtess
d’Hautpoul to Mme Eleonore de Labouisse.

So, Labouisse-Rochefort shows us that there is a long tradition of
treasure in the area of RLC and that there is a tradition linking it
to Arcadia.

X marks the spot

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Henry Lincoln, in his book “The Holy Place” brings attention to a
place on the map (first noticed by David Wood) that he calls “X”.
This is how this point is found:

“(Wood) noticed that a line drawn from Rennes-les-Bains church to the
Poussin Tomb cut the ‘sunrise’ line exactly at the Zero Meridian…He
projected the line from the Poussin Tomb to Rennes-les-Bains
southwards by exactly one mile and arrived at a point which I shall
designate ‘X’….Point X may…be the original location of the Coume-
Sourde Stone…What, then, is the significance of Point X?
Incredibly, it is exactly equidistant from the churches in the
villages of Rennes-le-Chateau, Coustassa, Bugarach and St Just-et-le-
Bezu and from the Chateau of Serres. It is also very close to the
same distance from the church in the village of Cassaignes. One must
accept either that this is the most unlikely of coincidences – or
that those structures were deliberately placed in exact relationship
to Point X! X is the geometric centre of a circle of major buildings
some six miles in diameter!”

If that were not incredible enough – look at where this Point X lies
on the map. It is almost the exact same place that is indicated by
the Rennes/Poussin overlay theory!

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Poussin Pentagram

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The following post was blocked by the so-called “factgroup” run by
Paul Smith and his groupies. In the interests of a “level paying-
field” and a “balance discussion” I will repost it here:

(responding to Paul Smith, I write:)

For some reason you answered my question concerning the Poussin
pentagram with a diatribe against Sauniere and Plantard. I understand
your reluctance to answer the question directly though…, to recap:

Which position does the available evidence support?

1. There is no pentagonal geometry – the pentagram does not exist.
2. One might find a pentagram in the painting but it is a
coincidence – Poussin did not knowingly base his painting on this
geometry.
3. There is pentagonal geometry in the painting but it has no
significance – Poussin knowingly used the pentagonal geometry but
it had nothing to do with what we might now refer to as the “Rennes
mystery”.

To answer 1 or 2 is untenable. Professor Cornford established the
existence of the pentagram and it is unlikely that Poussin would
have used the pentagonal geometry by accident. This leaves you with
3. This also leaves you with a mystery – why did Poussin use a
pentagram in this painting – his only painting to use this geometry?

The Shepherdess’ position is fixed by the geometry of the
pentagram – her eye is the centerpoint. What of the two pointing
Shepherds? After going to the trouble of laying out the geometry and
setting the Shepherdess’ eye as the pentagonal center is it likely
that the rest of the layout is random? Thus the mystery – what is the
significance of the pentagonal geometry? What is the significance of
the points indicated by the pointing Shepherds within this geometry?

If one is willing to consider the possibility of a link between
Poussin and Rennes-le-Chateau then the answer to that question may
lie in the natural pentagram of mountains in the area of Rennes-le-
Chateau. But even if one is not willing to consider this link we
are still left with an interesting question that cannot be dismissed
with a few swipes at Plantard et al.

Fwd: The Birth of Art

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— In Templar-de-Rosemont@y…, “John Presco” wrote:
Here is my new webpage wherein I conclude Jesus was the new Adam, who
gave birth to the new Eve via the wound in his side. This was done in
and Egyptian ritual that the Coptic and Nazarite church revered, and
was severely attacked and altered by Paul of Tarsus who has been
discribed by theologins as a “split-bisexual” and a hater of women.

It was a Ephesus that the church of the true Savior, John the
Baptist, was established, he the embodiment of Hermes/Thoth ‘The
Messenger’. Hermes had access to the underworld, and could raise the
dead. I suspect he was John-Mark Bartholomew, or, Ptolomy, he steeped
in the Hermetic teachings. The Ptolomies attempted to reunite the
world in a Judaic/Greek teaching, which included a revival of
the ‘Mother of us all’ in the merger of Diana/Artemis in the person
of Mary Magdalene. This reunion was a threat to Rome and its pantheon
that borrowed heavily from the Greek, and thus was undermined and
destroyed with a false teaching spread by Paul, who admitted to “all
but destroying the original church with glee.”

With what little remained, I have spent fourteen years trying to
resurect. Tomorrow is my Birthday, and I will be taking a week
vacation. Enjoy a more balanced teaching! It’s good to be amongst the
women again.

Hi! New Member Here 🙂

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Hello. I am new to this group. Being new, I wanted to take a moment
and introduce myself. My name is Melody. I have subscribed to this group
because in some way it touches the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau. I have
recently become interested in the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau and have begun
researching it. I want to use credible, historical evidence (scholarly
accepted) to explain or, in the absence of answers, suggest ideas as to how
Berenger Sauniere became so wealthy. The culmination of my research efforts
will be a manuscript suitable for publication by a University press. I have a
great love of history and a great love of mysteries. In Rennes-le-Chateau, I
find an intriguing combination of both. I look forward to our future
discussions. I am sure there is much that we can share and learn from one
another.

See ya,
Melody 🙂

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Templar Gold

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I am trying to do purely historical research into the Templars, the
Crusades, etc. By “pure” I mean staying away from works (for now)
which deal with more esoteric subjects related to the history. I
have come across some books which, quite honestly, seem to be
speculative rather than authorative. Does anyone have any opinions
on “Templar Gold” by Patrick Byrne. He seems obsessed with certain
things (angle 33, the Ark of the Covenant, etc). Frankly, I am
skeptical of any work that mentions Graham Hancock’s work on the
sleeve, or in the introduction. Just curious what people think of
Byrne’s work.

New Here

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I just joined so I could find out about the Holy Bloodline. I have
been reading Laurence Gardner and have been fascinated by it all.

There are some interesting threads in the archives of POSML:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/priory-of-sion/
Search with lcremote to find some of my posts. You can even find JB’s critique. My point here is only to give some context for the treasure hunting activity in the area including Ben Hammott’s.

It’s not that easy JB, I don’t possess magic dowsing rods. All I had besides my shovel was an antique bottle, a red marker, and some old paper.

Just kidding! But seriously, with all the digging going on, don’t you think someone might come up with the idea of leaving something behind before filling in their hole? (Treasure Hunters, fill in your holes! Ben Hammott usually does. Bill Kersey doesn’t but his holes are never deep.)

The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery-detective novel written by Dan Brown. It follows symbologist Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in Paris’s Louvre Museum and discover a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene. The title of the novel refers to, among other things, the fact that the murder victim is found in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, naked and posed like Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing, the Vitruvian Man, with a cryptic message written beside his body and a pentacle drawn on his chest in his own blood.
The novel is part of the exploration of alternative religious history, whose central plot point is that the Merovingian kings of France were descendants from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, ideas derived from Clive Prince’s The Templar Revelation and books by Margaret Starbird. Chapter 60 of the book also references another book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail though Dan Brown has stated that this was not used as research material.
The book has provoked a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Magdalene’s role in the history of Christianity. The book has been extensively denounced by many Christian denominations as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been consistently criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracies. The novel nonetheless became a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009[update][1] and has been translated into 44 languages. Combining the detective, thriller, and conspiracy fiction genres, it is Brown’s second novel to include the character Robert Langdon, the first being his 2000 novel Angels & Demons. In November 2004, Random House published a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations. In 2006, a film adaptation was released by Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Lawsuits
Author Lewis Perdue alleged that Brown plagiarized from two of his novels, The Da Vinci Legacy, originally published in 1983, and Daughter of God, originally published in 2000. He sought to block distribution of the book and film. However, Judge George Daniels of the US District Court in New York ruled against Perdue in 2005, saying that “A reasonable average lay observer would not conclude that The Da Vinci Code is substantially similar to Daughter of God” and that “Any slightly similar elements are on the level of generalized or otherwise unprotectable ideas.”[24] Perdue appealed, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original decision, saying Mr. Perdue’s arguments were “without merit”.[25]
In early 2006, Baigent and Leigh filed suit against Brown’s publishers, Random House. They alleged that significant portions of The Da Vinci Code were plagiarized from Holy Blood, Holy Grail, violating their copyright.[26] Brown confirmed during the court case that he named the principle Grail expert of his story “Leigh Teabing”, an anagram of “Baigent Leigh”, after the two plaintiffs. In reply to the suggestion that Lincoln was also referenced, as he has medical problems resulting in a severe limp, like the character of Leigh Teabing, Brown stated he was unaware of Lincoln’s illness and the correspondence was a coincidence.[27]
Because Baigent and Leigh had presented their conclusions as historical research, not as fiction, Justice Peter Smith, who presided over the trial, deemed that a novelist must be free to use these ideas in a fictional context, and ruled against Baigent and Leigh. Smith also hid his own secret code in his written judgement, in the form of seemingly random italicized letters in the 71-page document, which apparently spell out a message. Smith indicated he would confirm the code if someone broke it.[28] Baigent and Leigh appealed, unsuccessfully, to the Court of Appeal.[27]
In April 2006, Mikhail Anikin, a Russian scientist and art historian working as a senior researcher at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, stated the intention to bring a lawsuit against Dan Brown, maintaining that he was the one who coined the phrase used as the book’s title, and one of the ideas regarding the Mona Lisa used in its plot. Anikin interprets the Mona Lisa to be an Christian allegory consisting of two images, one of Jesus Christ that comprises the image’s right half, one of the Virgin Mary that forms its left half. According to Anikin, he expressed this idea to a group of experts from the Museum of Houston during a 1988 René Magritte exhibit at the Hermitage, and when one of the Americans requested permission to pass it along to a friend, Anikin granted the request, on the condition that he be referenced in any book using his interpretation. Anikin eventually compiled his research into Leonardo Da Vinci or Theology on Canvas, a book published in 2000, but The Da Vinci Code, published three years later, makes no mention of Anikin, and instead asserts that the idea in question is a “well-known opinion of a number of scientists.”[29][30
http://www.danbrown.com/

Publication Date: March 18, 2003

Publication Date: March 18, 2003

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