Labyrinth of the Grail
by William F. Mann

Review published in Roslin O Roslin Winter 2000 (Vol 3 No 18), Rory Sinclair, Editor.

by Ian A. Sinclair

In our last issue, Ian Sinclair of Richmond Hill, our in-house reviewer took us on a tour of Mark Finnan's The Sinclair Saga. As pointed out then, books on Sinclairs and connected matters are now a growth industry. Here is Ian's review of another book of interest to us....

Laughing Owl Publishing, Inc.,
Grand Bay, Alabama

The enigma of the Holy Grail has inspired poetry, stories, legends and speculation as to its true nature. In this book, William Mann attempts to unravel the mystery of the Grail and its relationship to Prince Henry Sinclair, and, using a wide range of clues, to find his way to the truth through a 600-year-old maze of intrigue.

This book continues in the tradition of "speculative history" and builds primarily on work by Michael Bradley (Holy Grail Across the Atlantic), Andrew Sinclair (The Sword and the Grail) and Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln (The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail ).

It continues the notion that the Grail refers to a "Holy Bloodline", the descendant of The Royal House of David, and that evidence of this was transported to Nova Scotia by Prince Henry Sinclair in 1398 to fulfill a plan of the Knights Templar and the shadowy Priory of Sion.

The author's quest is triggered by the ring of a great uncle who had been Supreme Grand Master of The Knights Templar of Canada, an appendant body in the Order of Freemasonry. He discovers a unique relationship between the configuration of this ring and a map of mainland Nova Scotia.

The author uses his training as a landscape architect, intuition and a myriad of background clues - among them Tarot Cards, The Legend of Glooskap, Greek Myths, the art of Nicolas Poussin, Astrology and Numerology - to determine the exact locations used by Prince Henry. To further illuminate the author's exhaustive research, there are over fifty pictures, sketches and maps.

Although some suggestions may stretch the credulity of the reader to the breaking point, the central thesis is both intriguing and plausible. The author's stated purpose in this book "is primarily to entertain" (p.230), and that he does!

More than that, however, William Mann brings many diverse areas of study into play and raises many questions about the forces that led to the voyage of Prince Henry Sinclair to the New World.

So, readers, fasten your seat belts, keep an open mind and enjoy this fascinating journey of exploration and discovery. The Labyrinth Of The Grail can be purchased through bookstores, on the Internet at: www.laughingowl.com or from the publisher via telephone at 1-888-865-4884 (US or Canada)....



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