and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code
D. Erhman's book is without a doubt the most scholarly, readable
and unbiased analysis of the claims in The Da Vinci Code. Highly
Da Vinci Hoax
written from a clearly conservative Catholic perspective, Olson
and Miesel's scholarship is sound and they present a comprehensive
debunking. Definitely the best of the Christian books on the
Real History Behind The Da Vinci Code
Newman gives an A-Z of relevant topics from a non-Christian
medievalist's perspective with an amusingly light tone.
Rough Guide to The Da Vinci Code
travel guide and part historical analysis, this small book actually
packs a lot of well-researched information into its pages. Not
a guide for Dan Brown fans, but an excellent pocket resource.
Da Vinci Codebreaker
is a Christian writer but his A-Z guide is packed with excellent
information, especially on the relative dates of the canonical
and non-canonical early Christian writings. Recommended.
Da Vinci Code
the best documentary on the DVC produced so far. The BBC's Tony
Robinson takes a certain glee in debunking the DVC's claims
in a highly detailed and entertaining trip across Europe.
Barber's definitive history of the origins, development and
end of the Order of Knights Templar. A good scholarly antidote
to the New Age nonsense that is often written on this subject.
of the Templars
detailed account of the reasons for the Templars' suppression,
the politics of their trial and the real history behind the
fall of the Order.
Templar and their Myth
traces how the Knights Templar became a mainstay of conspiracy
theories over the last six centuries, detailing the fantasy
claims made about them by Freemasons and other secret societies.
Grail: Imagination and Belief
Barber's new book traces the origins of the 'Grail Legends'
in medieval fiction and how the Grail has remained an element
in western folklore ever since.
Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We
excellent work by Bart D. Ehrman detailing the formation of
the Christian Bible and the struggles between rival forms of
survey of current research on the 'Witch Craze', minus some
of the popular modern myths and misconceptions. Purkiss also
looks at the changing image of the witch up to modern times.
of Matriarchal Prehistory
unflinching critique of the feminist/New Age myth of an idyllic
matriarchal Neolithic world, showing how it is based on modern
ideology rather than actual evidence.
Flights of the Mind
the most readable and well-researched biography of Leonardo
in recent decades. Nicholl brings Leonardo's world to life while
sticking closely to the primary source material.
the Jew: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels
and complex but quite startling reading of the evidence about
Jesus which puts him back in his historical context as a First
Century Jewish preacher and healer. A remarkable and groundbreaking
Incessant Last Supper
book analyses the real meanings and compositional techniques
of Leonardo's paintings and then looks at how The Last Supper
has become an icon of western art and popular culture into the
: The Nature and History of Gnosticism
A good historical
introduction to the rise, development and history of Gnosticism
as well as its later survivals and modern revivals. Scholarly,
readable and free of fringe speculation or partisan ideology.
Hammadi Library in English
edition of Robinson's translation of the Gnostic texts from
Nag Hammadi remains the best resource for those who want to
read these works and get an introduction to their place in the
history of Christianity.
Gospel : The Book of Q and Christian Origins
gives a reasonable reconstruction of 'Q' based on Matthew and
Luke. His interpreation of what it can tell us about the early
Jesus Sect is not quite as convincing, but this is a good perspective
on the question of the origins of the gospels.
Jesus to Christ : The Origins of the New Testament Images of
One of the
very best recent works of scholarship on the relation between
the Yeshua of history and Jesus of faith. Lucid, intelligent,
closely argued and still readable, this book is recommended
for anyone wanting to understand how the 'Jesus' of today arose.
of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later
book traces why Mary Magdalene became the focus of medieval
legends and folk tales and how these stories developed. A clear
analysis of how a marginal Biblical figure accumulated detailed
Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during
the Last Days of Rome
recent account of the Fourth Century struggles to define the
divinity of Jesus and how they intersected with Constantine's
of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical,
Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450
is the leading scholar in the field of medieval science and
how it lay the foundations of the Scientific Revolution of later
Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau : A Mystery Solved
an objective researcher debunks the myths and nonsense associated
with Rennes-leChateau - the New Age 'mystery' which gave birth
to the 'Priory of Sion', Holy Blood Holy Grail and The
Da Vinci Code. Highly recommended.