Clive Prince's review of The Map and the Manuscript


Beyond the Map and the Manuscript

Clive Prince's review of The Map and the Manuscript

This week, Magonia Review has published a review of The Map and the Manuscript.

It was written by Clive Prince, author with Lynn Picknett of many well- known books, including The Sion Revelation, which remains one of the best overviews of the affair of Rennes in print.

The review is very positive. Prince has clearly read the book thoroughly, and, I am very glad to say, has found my identification of the author of Le Serpent Rouge persuasive.

Here are some samples from the review:

This is really a book for aficionados of the Rennes-le-Château mystery and the multitude of others that spin out of it. Fortunately I am one, but I’ll try to rein myself in. That’s despite my excitement, as The Map and the Manuscript is a genuine gamechanger. Simon Miles has uncovered new evidence that adds a new dimension to the story - and which fatally undermines the sceptical line that the whole thing is just a hoax concocted by a French conman back in the 1960s.

And some more:

The Map and the Manuscript is, of necessity, a big book, almost 500 pages, and it’s not a light read, though that’s due to the range and complexity of the subjects it covers, and as the dizzying connections between them, rather than Miles’ writing. He sets it all out as clearly as anyone can.

It ends this way:

Although Miles says at the outset that the reader doesn’t need a prior knowledge of any of the subjects, it wouldn’t make an easy introduction to the Rennes-le-Château and Priory of Sion mysteries – but then it’s unlikely to appeal to anybody not already bitten by the bug. Which is a pity, as there’s a lot more to the book than just those mysteries.
It really is indispensable reading for anyone with an interest in this affair. And it should be read by the detractors who dismiss the whole business as a fabrication and see those take it seriously as naïve and gullible. But I don’t hold out high hopes.

Read the full review online at Magonia Review here. It's very gratifying to have such enthusiastic feedback from a writer who knows the topic of the affair of Rennes as well as anyone.

The Map and the Manuscript: Journeys in the Mysteries of the Two Rennes

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Author, researcher, speaker. My first book, The Map and the Manuscript: Journeys in the Mysteries of the Two Rennes, was published by Ignotum Press in 2022. I blog here on topics connected with the book, including landscape alignments, ancient sites, France, the Pyrenees, Jean Richer, Rennes-les-Bains, alchemy, geometry, Jung, Gérard de Nerval, Le Serpent Rouge, the Affair of Rennes, and more.

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