Countless people have been fascinated to this day by the story of a 19th century French clergyman who discovered something in his mountain village at the foot of the Pyrenees that allowed him to acquire and spend a huge fortune. The tale begins with some hidden treasure and then morphs into an unprecedented historical detective investigation - a modern-day quest of the legendary Graal, which returns to years past through occult and cryptic parchments, secret societies, the Knights Templar, the Pure Heretics of the 12th and 13th centuries, and a dynasty of obscure French kings deposed 1300 years ago.
Today, after at least ten years of research, Henry Lincoln and his colleagues Michael Bagent and Richard Lee publish the results of their attempt to shed light on this challenging enigma. In fact, what really lies at the heart of the discoveries at Rennes-le-Chateau is not material wealth, but a secret - a controversial secret of explosive proportions that radiates from the small Pyrenean village and blankets the entire Western civilization. The secret is not just a historical curiosity. Its impact reaches into the realm of modern politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. More or less, it refers to the Holy Grail - not in the "Holy Grail" sense of medieval legends, but as something tangible, something that played a crucial role in shaping the history of the West.
The enigma extends to the present day and includes figures such as Charles de Gaulle and André Malraux. It also sheds new light on the events of the Renaissance and the Crusades in a surprising way. And it is even more surprising in its reference to the origins of Christianity, as well as to the very identity of Jesus.
[Extract from the text on the back cover of the publication]