The Da Vinci Code | Study Guide

Dan Brown

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the-da-vinci-code-dan-brownSir Leigh Teabing, Chapter 60istory is always written by the winners …the loser is obliterated.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Skeptic Magazine, Truthand Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Knowabout Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine by Bart D. EhrmanCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Brown is a novelist who became fascinated by tales of secret societies as well as art history, melding these interests in his fiction. The Da Vinci Code is his breakthrough, best-selling novel that explores the interplay between science and religion, art, and spirituality.DAN BROWNBORN 1964AuthorThe Da Vinci Codeby the NumbersTombs and memorials in Westminster Abbey, where part of the search takes place in The Da Vinci CodeYears ago the Nag Hammadi manuscripts (the gnostic gospels) were transcribedYear the Council of Nicaea convened to debate Jesuss divinityWomen bishops at Council of Nicaea in 325 CE0~3,300>1,500325 CEThemesSacred Feminine vs. SexismTreatment of women and of the Grail, represented by Mary Magdalene, shows the prevalence of sexism in society and the Church.Truth, Lies & PowerAlthough most seekers want to find the truth in the Grail, their conflicting motives raise questions about who deserves it.Historical BiasMale bishops at the Council of Nicaea chose the Bibles contents, suggesting the Bible may be biased against women and may not tell the true story of Jesus.Holy GrailEmbodies the hidden spiritual truth of the divine feminine in ChristianityRoseRepresents Mary Magdalene and the sacred feminineBloodSymbolizes the bloodline of Christ and Mary Magdalene, and their descendantsSymbolsSilasFanatical monkworking for Opus DeiRobert LangdonAmiable professor of religious symbology and Grail expertSophie NeveuBrilliant, young French cryptologistSir Leigh TeabingWealthy, obsessedGrail seekerIn The Da Vinci Code, lies, murder, and conspiracies swirl around the search for the Holy Grail—one of historys most elusive prizes. As professor Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu follow clues, they discover how far some will go to to uncover religious truth—and what others will do to gain or protect power and authority. Hidden Truths,Dark ConspiraciesMAIN CHARACTERSEnglishOriginal Language2003Year PublishedDan BrownAuthorThe Da VinciCodeAdventureNovel

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