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
THE LABYRINTH OF THE GRAIL by WILLIAM F. MANN
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
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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