Let me draw a line of conspiracy for you. You know, as a public service.
The movie The Da Vinci Code is based on the novel of the same name by Dan Brown. Brown claims most of his research comes from his art historian wife. Fact: no self-respecting art historian or enthusiast ever calls Leonardo by the moniker “Da Vinci.” Ever. This is the first step in separating the Wiki-scholars from the people who get it. You find a PhD who does this, slap them hard just on principle. You have my permission and ringing endorsement.
99% of Dan Brown’s novel comes from a “non-fiction” book by Baigent and Leigh called Holy Blood, Holy Grail. It was first published in 1982. In it, the so-called Priory of Sion is linked back to the remnants of the Templars by Pierre Plantard, who has long since admitted in the years before the novel or the movie (because he died first) that the Priory of Sion is a hoax perpetrated by him.
This book is a two and a half hour regurgitation of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which is to say it’s total crap. If you run a pole through it, it’s crap on a stick. You decide how best to serve up the crap. This one doesn’t even try to do it with a straight face.
To make matters worse, the narrator on this went all out and decided this needed to be not just a dramatic reading, but a melodramatic one. Ok, that actually made it more bearable and somewhat funny for the drive home today. Even so, avoid this stupid book. Seriously, just avoid it.
Having said that, if you’ve never heard the great legends of the Templars before, it’s worth listening to the first few chapters of this just because it’s a pretty basic overview of their history. You’d still be better served going elsewhere because fact is just glossed over.
Thank the Force for Audible’s “no-bad-reads-ever – guaranteed” refund policy. I used it.