On the Trail of The Da Vinci Code

  • Paul Murdin

Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code(Brown), was first published in 2003. By the end of 2006 its sales were reported to have reached 60 million worldwide, and it had been made into a successful film. Its fast-moving action springs from the murder of an art curator in the Louvre Museum in Paris as the assassin seeks out the location of a powerful religious treasure kept by a secretive organisation. The organisation, the Priory of Sion, is based in Opus Dei, the closed Roman Catholic society, although the secret purposes of Opus Dei in the novel have been much exaggerated and fictionalised. The treasure is called the Holy Grail, but it is not, as in the Arthurian legend, the chalice used by Jesus to offer wine at the Last Supper. It may be the tomb of Mary Magdalene, or it may also be the secret that she is, in the novel, Jesus wife, a “fact” said to have been hidden by the Priory of Sion for 2000 years. The fifteenth century artist Leonardo Da Vinci, supposedly one of the society's...


Secret Society True Story Fictional Drama Scientific Story Meridian Line 
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