Monday, February 14, 2005

The Secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau

Massimo Polidoro delves into the "history" behind Dan Browne's Da Vinci Code and (surprise!) finds a scam.

3 comments:

SquareSlant said...

Not sure I understand what you are getting at by "scam" - the Da Vince Code is a FICTIONAL Novel. By definition it is: A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact.

Chad said...

Although you may realize it is fictional, the author himself came out and said that while the main character is fictional, the story and the backgroun isn't. He truly believes in the theories he has put forth in the book. And so do many others.
Which is why there is such a contraversy about it.

Marc said...

To echo Chad a bit, Dan Brown has certainly done nothing to dissuade people from believing that there is some factual basis to the book. In particular, his inferences regarding a corrupt Catholic Church--especially his "history" regarding the misogynistic attitude of the Church Fathers--are just close enough to reality to give the impression that some of his other facts have been "hidden." Now, all that being said, I think too much has been made of the book and didn't find it particularly groundbreaking myself. I realize that it's fiction, so do many others. I guess that the popularity of the work has caused concern among the historical community because historians want to ensure that people know that it is, in fact, not history. That's it. Call it Ivory Tower paranoia. In my case, I just don't like the whole conspiracy theory mindset. Thanks for stopping by!