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The Priory of Sion was started in France in 1956 by a skillful liar named PierrePlantard.Priorymeans religious house, andSionwas a hill in the town of Annemasse, where thePriory was started by Plantard and four of 60 his friends. At first, their group fought for housingrights for local people, and their offices were at Plantard's apartment. The organization promised tobenefit the weak and the oppressed, and to do good in general. However, there was a darker side tothe Plantard's Priory.Plantard actually hoped to use the Priory of Sion to claim to be a descendant of Frenchkings. Between the years 1961 and 1984, Plantard created the enigma of a much more powerfulPriory than his insignificant organization.First, in order to give the impression that the Priorybegan in 1099, Plantard and his friend Philippe de Cherisey created documents, called theSecretDossiers of Henri Lobineau,and illegally put them into the National Library of France. Next,Plantard got author Gerard de Sede to write a book in 1967 using the false documents; the bookbecame very popular in France. This phenomenon is similar to the popularity ofThe Da VinciCode,where a book based on false information or speculation becomes popular. 70Matters were complicated when in 1969, an English actor and science-fiction writernamed Henry Lincoln read Gerard de Sede's book. Lincoln did not know of Plantard and hisschemes, and may have been a victim of the hoax. He seemed to believe what he read, and jumpedto even more wild conclusions, which he published in his 1982 book,The Holy Blood and the HolyGrail.He and his co-authors declared as fact that the Priory started in 1099; that its leaders includedLeonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Victor Hugo; that the Priory protects the descendants ofJesus 75 Christ and Mary Magdalene; and that these descendants ruled France from A.D. 447 to751.Allthis was based on reading a novel based on the false facts from documents which were ahoax. Most modern historians do not consider Lincoln's book to be a serious work of history.How can we be so sure that Plantard created this hoax? Well, the best witness to a crimeis the criminal himself. Over 100 hundred letters between Plantard, de Cherisey, and de Sede,discovered by researcher Jean-Luc 80 Chaumeil, show clearly that they were trying to pull anelaborate hoax. Infact, in the 1990s, Plantard got in trouble with the law, and his house wassearched. Within it were found many false documents, most harmless, some of which said he wasthe true king of France. As a final embarrassment, Plantard had to swear in a court of law that theenigma of the Priory of Sion was the work of his imagination.Câu 41:What does the author hope to show in this passage?A.Dan Brown knew his book wasn't based on fact.B.The Da Vinci Codeis based on fact.C.Sony's movieThe Da Vinci Codeis better than Dan Brown's book.D.The Priory of Sion was a hoax.

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Mr. Vinh
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