Over the years, I've read quite a bit in the "Sion" genre, from the Baigent/Leigh/Lincoln books through various things inspired by them, and similar efforts. Each has had its appeal, if putting in pieces which don't quite all fit together to solve the puzzle. I had expected that The Sion Revelation was going to be yet another of these, adding on a few new pieces of information, but staying within the whole "Jesus/Magdalene" nexus of the previous books.
I was surprised to find, that while the authors' research began there, it fairly quickly led off into quite different directions. In fact, the subtitle "The Truth About the Guardians of Christ's Sacred Bloodline", in the context of the book, is very misleading, except in the sense that the whole Priory of Sion "project" appears to not be about those things at all!
The book is divided into two sections, "Illusion" and "Reality". In the first section they pick apart the threads of the mythos that has arisen since Holy Blood, Holy Grail and see what lies behind both the popular story line, and the root materials. They look in detail at the questions of Rennes-le-Château and Abbé Saunière, and, while never quite "solving" the question of the vast wealth that came in and out of his hands, do tie the Abbé in with members of the Hapsburg line, as well as a number of "secret societies". A close look is also given to the history of Pierre Plantard, the prime source for information on the Priory of Sion. Much of what was put out in the name of the Priory was very much in line with Plantard's earlier work with the French Resistance, and other ventures such as the Alpha Galates Order, of which he was figurehead back in the 1930's (he was nominally "Grand Master", but at age 22 the odds were better that he was the "mouthpiece" for communicating their message). At one point the book "felt" like it was veering off on an extended tangent, looking at the politics of France over a century or so, but this eventually integrated with the main thrust of the story.
The essential "truth" the authors are proposing here is rather convoluted, but essentially goes like this: Pierre Plantard and his immediate associates "invent" the Priory of Sion in the 50's or 60's, essentially continuing programs that they had in place as part of the Resistance in WW2 and previously with Alpha Galates. The whole "Merovingian" and "Bloodline of Christ" story is a ruse woven in to throw folks off the "real" trail. This is not to say that Plantard, and his predecessors were not involved with "Secret Societies", just that they weren't involved specifically with the types that one typically associates with them.
The "true" stream leading up to the Priory appears to have begun with a Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, an 18th century occultist who merged his predecessors' mystical work with a political philosophy which then became known as Synarchy. The Synarchy concept was carried forward by an entire web of secret societies, most formed on the "chain" model (where you only knew the one person who brought you in), which makes these very difficult to trace, but it appears that many of the "modern" people on the Priory's lists of leaders had at least some connection to these groups (and, as the authors point out, several of the later names on the lists were prominent when they came out and yet never sued about their names appearing on those lists). Anyway, there was certainly enough "occult material" in circulation in the Synarchy line to provide Plantard & co. with all the enticing "inside information" they'd need to seed the "front" materials that they were leaking via their "Dossiers Secret".
What is chilling, however, about the whole Synarchy concept, is not its occult manifestation, but its political goals ...
This would, perhaps, just be another bit of random utopianism if it wasn't for the fact (or very strong suggestion) that all the major players behind a "United Europe" were involved in various Synarchic groups. The book weaves together the mystical/occult groups with the frequently over-lapping political organizations, and suggests that what Plantard and his associates were up to was not "restoring a sacred bloodline", but installing a new sort of government structure, one that looks a whole lot like things we're seeing today.Each state must be highly organized at every level, with everyone in his or her own specific place ... Challenging one's status would not be tolerated ... the concept that everyone has a preordained place and role means that some people are naturally intended to lead: in other worlds, Saint-Yves advocated government by a predestine elite ... at its core it is an essentially spiritual or mystical philosophy. The elite is spiritually attuned to the universal laws - effectively a priesthood. Synarchy is therefore a form of theocracy...
I'm surprised that I had never heard of this book from my associates in the Political Right-Wing, as what is dealt with in here certainly explains a lot about the actions of "The Left" over the past 50 year or so, and it certainly provides a "grand conspiracy" of the sort that the likes of Dick Hoagland tends to postulate, and it also frames a "philosophical basis" that would put some logic behind the otherwise inexplicable "anti-Americanism" that is rampant even among our own government.After Saint-Yves's death, synarchy developed in ways that would not necessarily have met with his approval ... Revolution was out, elitist ideologies being largely unsuited to mass movement, and with the rising popularity of democracy and the concept of individual liberty it became increasingly futile to attempt to win people over by debate to the notion of a fixed hierarchy - especially as by definition most people would find themselves in the lower orders. Synarchists therefore turned to cunning, seizing power from within by infiltration. Their only hope of success lay in taking control of the institutions of government ...
I would highly recommend this book to anybody who "cares about America", as it seems to be the final "Revelation" that pulls the veil away from the destruction of what we traditionally have been, and what we have stood for. I wasn't expecting a political read when I picked this book up, but I'm certainly glad that I encountered it. What if "institutional Marxism" (in the Press, Academia, and the Entertainment Media) is just the same sort of front for an organized Synarchic push in America? The concept certainly puts a lot of the "why would they want to do that?" questions in a new light!
Anyway, The Sion Revelation is still in print, so you could find it at your local brick-and-mortar book vendor, and "like new" copies can be had from the Amazon new/used vendors for under a buck (before shipping). This is one that I highly recommend folks pick up ... if the authors are right, their work explains a lot!