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The Priory of Sion

Dan Brown begins The Da Vinci Code with a page labeled "Fact," on which he describes the Priory of Sion as "a European society founded in 1099, a real organization" (1). The Priory is Brown's central focus of conspiracy, power, wealth, and historical significance; he based much of his "research" on the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, in which supposedly long-undiscovered documents (Les Dossiers Secrets) reveal the history of this society and contain an actual list of the Priory's Grand Masters-including such men as Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Victor Hugo (113).

In truth, the Priory was a club created in 1956 by Pierre Plantard, who later testified under oath that he had fabricated the entire hoax. The actual society existed only in the novel and in the mind of the late Pierre Plantard. See also Dossiers Secrets, Les; Holy Blood, Holy Grail; Plantard, Pierre.

 

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