11 December 2013 - New Saunière Society dateL&C are to speak at the Saunière Society's London symposium on Saturday, 21 June 2014, on the highs and lows of their 20-year joint writing career. The event is in the Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, Holborn. For full details see Society's web site and the Saunière Society on facebook.
7 December 2013 - New Saunière Society Journal articleThe second of L&C's articles for the Saunière Society Journal on the alleged Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion will appear in the next edition, due out - appropriately enough - on 17 January. Their subject this time is Isaac Newton.
The twice-yearly Journal is one of the benefits of membership of the Saunière Society. For details, see the Society's web site.
5 December 2013 - Colin Wilson, 1931-2013A very sad day for English literature - and the esoteric circuit. Writer, speaker and life-changer extraordinary Colin Wilson died, aged 82.
From his early days as a famous 'Angry Young Man', with his landmark book The Outsider, it was clear he was always going to shake things up in a big and meaningful way. Both Lynn and Clive knew him - Lynn from the early 1980s, when he was consultant for the iconic partwork The Unexplained of which she was Deputy Editor - and always looked forward to encountering him at conferences.
He was refreshingly different, funny, humble, honest and direct - not to say courageous, for he took on the vexed world of the paranormal in his major tomes The Occult and Mysteries, giving it the benefit of his formidable intellect and respect. He was one of the greats and should be remembered as such.
1 December 2013 - Scientific and Medical Network Kent talk postponedBecause of a number of members not being able to attend due to of Christmas commitments, L&C's talk to the SMN Kent branch has been postponed until the new year. The new date will be announced as soon as it has been arranged.
9 November 2013 - WitchFest!As usual L&C looked forward to speaking at this annual gathering of witches and occultists organised by the Children of Artemis, with its remarkably welcoming and friendly atmosphere, at Croydon's Fairfield Halls. And this year they finally made it to the Hall's main Concert Hall stage - the very same on which Tom Hanks, as Robert Langdon, appeared in The Da Vinci Code movie, with Croydon doubling for Paris.
This year the blurb for L&C's talk reads: 'Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince reveal the shameless way successive patriarchies have set out to crush the Sacred Feminine - originally celebrated in their religions - from God's consort to Jesus' partner, a feminine Holy Spirit and the Mormon "Heavenly Mother". But the goddess will always find a way to make us aware of her beneath all the misogyny and hate…'
As always, thanks to Dave Mercer for organising this great event, and to assorted Croydonians and witches for making the whole day memorable - for all the right reasons.
7 November 2013 - Darkside MysteryBroadcast in Japan of NHK BS's Darkside Mystery episode with a section on the Turin Shroud that includes an interview with L&C on the Shroud image as a photograph (see their first book, Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History).
The show also commissioned its own Shroud-making using L&C's method, with very gratifying results.
4 November 2013 - Happy 40th, FT!The 40th anniversary edition of Fortean Times is out today. L&C were honoured to have been asked by editor David Sutton to be among the contributors asked to pick their all-time favourite FT story or feature - a phenomenally difficult task.
However, L&C swiftly homed in on one particular piece - in fact one that had a truly pivotal effect on their lives: a report, way back in the 15th anniversary edition in 1988, by Mike Dash on the then recent carbon dating of the Turin Shroud. Dash's observations spurred their research into the Shroud, which led to their first book - and to their joint writing career that celebrates its own 20th anniversary in 2014. And you can't get much more inspirational than that. Thanks, FT!
2 November 2013 - WitchFest 2014!Even before their appearance at WitchFest 2013, L&C have been confirmed for next year's event, which will be the 10th anniversary of this spectacular gathering. It was also mark L&C's 20th year as co-authors.
28 October 2013 - WitchFest talkDetails of L&C's talk at WitchFest International this year have been announced.
Entitled 'Heavenly Mother, Mrs Christ and Ms Holy Spirit', the talk will show how, from the Old Testament Yahweh's consort through Christ's lover to the Mormons' Heavenly Mother, successive patriarchies schemed to suppress the Goddess and the Sacred Feminine, and how, in what must be the most outrageous propaganda in history, they fabricated the Virgin Mary…
WitchFest International is on Saturday, 9 November at Croydon's Fairfield Halls. For full details of the day, and to book, see the WitchFest International web site.
25 October 2013 - Forbidden History: The Treasure of SolomonL&C appeared (briefly) in this week's episode of the Yesterday channel series, in which Jamie Theakston investigates mysteries connected with the fabled lost treasure of the Jerusalem Temple.
21 October 2013 - Lynn to talk on Mary Magdalene at Rudolf Steiner HouseLynn has been invited to speak on 'Mary Magdalene: The Woman Who Jesus Kissed' at Sacred Space at Rudolf Steiner House on Friday, 23 January 2014.
Rudolf Steiner House is in Park Road, London NW1 (nearest tube Baker Street). Lynn's talk starts at 7.30, and admission is £10.
18 October 2013 - Scientific and Medical Network, RochesterFollowing their talk to SMN's Surrey group in September, L&C have been invited to speak at the Kent branch meeting in Rochester on Friday, 6 December. They will be giving their talk on 'The Real Leonardo.'
For details of time and venue, see the group's web page.
17 October 2013 - Going over to the DarksideL&C were interviewed about their research into the Turin Shroud as essentially a photograph for NHK BS, the satellite channel of Japan's national broadcasting organisation.
The interview will be part of the Darkside Mystery series, to be broadcast in Japan on 7 November.
11 October 2013 - Forbidden History: The Bloodline of ChristBroadcast of the third show in Jamie Theakston's series on the Yesterday channel, exploring the claims that descendants of Jesus are alive today, and the related mysteries of Rennes-le-Château and the Priory of Sion, the secret society that supposedly protects the holy bloodline.
Lynn appeared talking about the historical Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus, while Clive outlined L&C's conclusions about the Priory of Sion (that it is a modern group that concocted the 'bloodline' claims as a cover story).
The other interviewees included Andrew Gough, Lionel Fanthorpe, Robert Howells, Pat Jokl and Corjan de Raff.
As always, the programme is available on Yesterday's on demand service.
5 October 2013 - When the Saints go marching out…Lynn broke new ground for her career as a speaker by giving a talk about the Church of Latter Day Saints - the Mormons - to the Saunière Society at their one-day symposium in Newington, near Folkestone.
Concentrating on the reasons for the flood of members now exiting the faith, she drew on her experience as a Mormon missionary, and detailed the many problems with the religion. She was pleased to invite Yinka Lawal, a former Mormon bishop, to speak briefly about his own experiences.
Thanks to Joy Millar for such a great day.
4 October 2013 - Forbidden History: The Third Secret of FatimaClive appeared, talking about the culture of secrecy in the Vatican, in the second show in the Yesterday channel's series presented by Jamie Theakston, which explores the claims of a cover-up by the Catholic Church about the real Third Secret supposedly revealed by the Virgin Mary during an apparition in Portugal in 1917.
27 September 2013 - Forbidden History: The Lost Treasure of the TemplarsThe first of the new TV series in which Jamie Theakston investigates historical mysteries.
This programme examines the claims that the Knights Templars' treasure escaped the Order's suppression in the 14th century, presenting the various theories of what it was and where it might be now. It took Jamie to Jerusalem, Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel, England's Royston Cave and Oak Island in Nova Scotia.
L&C were interviewed on the historical Templars and the possible nature of their treasure. Other interviees included Lionel Fanthorpe, Robert Howells, Andrew Sinclair, Shimon Gibson and Andrew Gough.
The show will be available for a time on Yesterday's on demand service.
12 September 2013 - Forbidden History broadcastsJamie Theakston's new series investigating historical, religious and esoteric mysteries, Forbidden History, which features contributions by Lynn and Clive, is to begin broadcasting on the Yesterday channel on Friday, 27 September, at 9pm. The first of six weekly shows, produced and directed by Bruce Burgess, is 'The Lost Treasure of the Templars.'
11 September 2013 - Scientific and Medical NetworkL&C spoke to the Scientific and Medical Network at the Jack Phillips pub in Godalming on their book The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God (2011). Their blurb read:
'Based on their latest book Lynn and Clive will reveal the true origins of science and show how scientists' denial of their discipline's esoteric roots undermines their capacity to understand their own discoveries…
All the great names of the Scientific Revolution - from Copernicus to Newton - were directly inspired by the Hermetica, mystical texts traceable to ancient Egypt. But a strange collusion between religion and science led to a rewriting of history to eliminate the importance of the Hermetic tradition.
Although rarely mentioned to the wider public, cutting-edge modern science, particularly quantum physics, has overwhelmingly indicated that the universe was designed for intelligent life. In fact, as Lynn and Clive show, these discoveries gel remarkably with the ancient cosmology of the Hermetica.'
Thanks to Gerri McManus for the invitation to speak, and for organising such a fascinating crowd. L&C were particularly happy to speak in a Wetherspoon.
31 August 2013 - Sir David FrostWith the sudden death of British television legend Sir David Frost, Lynn and Clive have lost a key figure in their joint history.
It was Sir David who was the first influential broadcaster to recognise the potential in their Leonardo-and-the-Shroud theory. After personally pitching the idea to the high-ups at the BBC, it was his production company - David Paradine Productions - which made L&C's first documentary, shown in October 1995. Entitled 'Double Exposure', produced by Trevor Poots and directed by Nikki Stockley, it was part of the BBC 2 Everyman series.
In 2001 Sir David was the executive producer of Paradine's documentary 'Hitler and Hess', based on L&C's book - co-authored with the late Stephen Prior - Double Standards, which was shown on ITV in the UK and the History Channel in the USA.
19 August 2013 - Leonardo Rocks!Volume 4 of the digital Heretic Magazine has an article, 'Leonardo Rocks!' by L&C. Marking the tenth anniversary of the publication of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, they present updates on their research into Leonardo's heretical beliefs.
The magazine, edited by Andrew Gough, also has articles by, among others, Robert Bauval, Robert Eisenman, Robert Feather, Mark Foster, and David Rohl. It is available as a pdf download from The Heretic web site.
17 July 2013 - Saunière Society JournalThe new edition of the Journal, edited by Stefan Hager, carries the first of L&C's series looking at the alleged Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion, beginning… no prizes for guessing who with… Leonardo da Vinci. Of course.
The series will explore whether the individuals on the famous - or notorious - list of the Priory's Grand Masters really were involved with the Priory. And, if they weren't, why their names were chosen.
The Journal is available to members of the Saunière Society. For details of how to join, see the Society's web site or look up The Sauniere Society on Facebook.
14 July 2013 - Farewell Ian!L&C were honoured to be the last-ever guests on Ian Punnett's Coast to Coast AM radio show, after his 13 years as a host.
Ian was particularly keen to hear about the major revelation of The Masks of Christ - left hanging at the end of the last radio chat - about the real relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. They also talked about their latest research into the Turin Shroud.
For those who missed it first time around, the show can be heard on-demand on the Coast to Coast web site.
12 July 2013 - The final guestsLynn and Clive are thrilled to have been asked to appear, by Ian Punnett's special request, as his last-ever guests on his Coast to Coast AM radio show this Sunday (14 July). The show begins at 10pm PST (6am Monday UK time). L&C will be on for the final hour, at 1am (9am UK).
The show is syndicated to stations throughout the USA and Canada, and can also be listened to online and on iPhone. For details see the Coast to Coast AM web site.
6 July 2013 - Scientific and Medical Network bookingL&C are to give a talk based on The Forbidden Universe to the September meeting of the Surrey group of the Scientific and Medical Network, the educational charity dedicated to exploring science, medicine, philosophy and spirituality.
The talk will be at 8pm Wednesday, 11 September at the Jack Phillips pub (a Wetherspoon) in High Street, Godalming. Entrance is £5.00 in advance, £7.00 on the night. For full details, and for advance tickets, see the group's web page.
21 June 2013 - A Heretic for The HereticThe August issue of the online The Heretic Magazine, edited by Andrew Gough, will include an article by L&C on Leonardo da Vinci - not to mention their own careers - in the light of the ten years that have passed since the publication of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
15 June 2013 - The Grand MastersThe Saunière Society Journal is to run a series of articles by L&C on the historical figures claimed to be Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion, exploring the reasons why their names were chosen for this dubious roll call. Unsurprisingly, they have chosen to begin the series with their personal hero Leonardo da Vinci.
The journal, now under the editorship of Stefan Hager, will be out in July. It is available to members of the Society as part of their annual subscription of £20. For details of how to subscribe, see the Saunière Society web site.
8 June 2013 - Lynn to talk on MormonsAs a former Mormon missionary, Lynn is to give a talk on the decline of the Mormon church, entitled 'When the Saints Go Marching Out…' to the autumn symposium of the Saunière Society to be held at Newington Village Hall, Folkestone, on Saturday, 5 October.
For full details of the day, see the Saunière Society web site.
29 May 2013 - Lynn and Clive to speak at Mysterious Earth 2014Lynn and Clive have been invited to appear at the next year's Mysterious Earth Conference 2014, organised by Megalithic Tours. The conference is on the weekend of 8-9 March 2014 at the wonderfully-named Grimsargh Village Hall in Grimsargh near Preston, Lancashire.
L&C will be speaking on both days, giving talks on The Forbidden Universe and the real Leonardo da Vinci.
For full details, and to book, see the Megalithic Tours web site. Many thanks to Neil McDonald for the invitation.
7 May 2013 - A historic dayAt last - official recognition of the great historical polymath and occultist John Dee! L&C were delighted to attend the unveiling of a rather carefully-worded plaque (stressing his holy orders but obviously omitting all mention of his occultism) in his old church, St Mary the Virgin at Mortlake. Astoundingly this is the first memorial to Dee anywhere in the world.
The church was packed with members and friends of the John Dee of Mortlake Society - including members of the clergy - who had been campaigning for some such recognition for Dr Dee for many years. The plaque was unveiled by Benjamin Woolley, author of a biography of Dee, who also gave an entertaining talk. Emily Hoffnung, the artist who created the plaque - made of Welsh slate in honour of Dee's Welsh ancestry - was there to see her handiwork made public.
Congratulations to the Society for their persistence and achievement.
In L&C's view, Dee might have talked to angels, but he was also a trail-blazing cartographer in the golden age of exploration, a great mathematician and philosopher who deserves to be honoured as a national treasure.
Thanks to John and Judith Rimmer for the personal invitations to this historic event.
29 April 2013 - Leonardo in the CityL&C gave their talk on the real Leonardo - heretic, photographer and though not the Messiah still a very naughty boy - to the Moot with No Name in the Bell pub in the City of London.
20 April 2013 - Newbattle againL&C were delighted to be asked to give two talks over the weekend of the Saunière Society's symposium at Newbattle Abbey, near Edinburgh. They spoke on the real Leonardo da Vinci and also gave a presentation on their research into the real story of the Priory of Sion to kick off a general discussion on the subject.
Although both talks were well received, things were rather enlivened during one by the fire alarm, which saw speakers and audience decant onto the lawn, and during another by the mysterious crashing of a book from a display on a mantlepiece. And yes, it was one of L&C's…
Thanks to Joy Millar for the event.
21 March 2013 - Leonardo in CroydonL&C gave their talk 'The Real Leonardo: Not the Messiah but a Very Naughty Boy' to the monthly gathering of the Croydon group of the Children of Artemis held in the Green Dragon pub. A delightful evening in good company. Thanks to CoA's Tam Campbell for the invitation.
18 March 2013 - New Moot talkThe Moot with No Name, the series of monthly talks and discussions on esoteric subjects, have invited L&C to give their talk on 'The Real Leonardo' on Monday, 29 April. The venue is the Bell pub in Middlesex Street, near London's Liverpool Street station.
11 March 2013 - Forbidden filmingLynn and Clive spent the day filming for Forbidden History, a new series for the Yesterday channel in which Jamie Theakston investigates various historical, religious and esoteric mysteries. L&C were interviewed on by Jamie in the (freezing) crypt of the St John Priory church in London's Clerkenwell. Their contributions will be used in several of the shows.
The series, produced and directed by Bruce Burgess, will be broadcast in the autumn.
9 March 2013 - Leonardo in NewingtonL&C gave their talk 'The Real Leonardo: Not the Messiah but a Very Naughty Boy' to the one-day conference of the Saunière Society in Newington, Kent. As always, it was good to be among friends, although the presence of the late John Millar was sorely missed.
19 February 2013 - Lucifer on (Red) IceLynn appeared on the Internet radio show Red Ice Radio, talking mainly about The Secret History of Lucifer but also discussing some of the issues raised in Mary Magdelene: Christianity's Secret Goddess. Thanks to host Henrik Palmgren.
For those who missed it live, the show can be heard on Red Ice's archive.
15 February 2013 - Stargate reprintedAs a sign of the continued - and growing - interest in The Stargate Conspiracy, the book has been reprinted in the UK by Little, Brown. L&C are pleased that it has remained in print for 14 years.
31 January 2013 - Children of Artemis dateL&C are to give their talk 'Leonardo da Vinci - Not the Messiah but a Very Naughty Boy,' to the Croydon moot of the wiccan and witchcraft group Children of Artemis on Thursday, 21 March. The monthly gathering is held upstairs in the Green Dragon pub in the High Street, Croydon.
The talk is open to non-members. Admission is £2.00. For more details see the Children of Artemis web site.
22 January 2013 - Lynn on IceLynn has been invited to guest on the Sweden-based independent Internet radio show Red Ice Radio, hosted by Henrik Palmgren, to talk about her book The Secret History of Lucifer. She will be appearing on Tuesday, 19 February. The show can be heard on the Red Ice web site and will be archived for on-demand listening.
17 November 2012 - Witchy and Wonderful: Lynn and Clive's Day at WitchFest InternationalLynn and Clive were, as usual, thrilled to speak at WitchFest International, Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Airing their new talk, 'The Real Leonardo Da Vinci - Not the Messiah…', in the Hall's Ashcroft Theatre, they were hugely gratified that the audience immediately 'got' the big reveal of Leonardo's shockingly schoolboyish addition to the Virgin of the Rocks.
As always, it was a special day, wafting around in the idiosyncratically welcoming atmosphere of WitchFest - a nicer bunch would be hard to find anywhere - and drinking in the jollity (along with more obvious things). It was especially good to meet up with friends old and new and share a day to remember.
Thanks to Dave Mercer and his Children of Artemis team for organising WitchFest, and more personally to Maurice Brennock, Sheila Andrews, Sally Morgan and Helen Scott for their support, friendship and fun.
As Lynn and Clive are already booked to speak at next year's WitchFest, there is no excuse not to come along!
18 October 2012 - eBook plansLittle, Brown are planning eBook editions of two of L&C's books with them, The Stargate Conspiracy and Double Standards: The Rudolf Hess Cover-Up (co-written with Stephen Prior). No dates have been set yet - watch this space!
28 September 2012 - Kate Valentine UFO ShowL&C's appearance on the Kate Valentine Show for a wide-ranging discussion over the subjects raised in The Stargate Conspiracy - published in 1999 but still going strong!
For those who missed it, the show can be heard on the show's archive.
12 September 2012 - Saunière Society datesAs always, L&C are delighted to have been invited to speak at the Saunière Society's two spring events, although they will of course be tinged with sadness because of the absence of John Millar.
The first is on Saturday, 9 March, at Newington Village Hall, Folkestone, Kent, and the second the weekend symposium at Newbattle Abbey just outside Edinburgh in Scotland. At both L&C will be giving their talk on the 'Real Leonardo da Vinci'.
Further details of the events can be found on the Saunière Society web site.
Thanks to Joy Millar for the invitations.
19 August 2012 - Valentine dateL&C have been invited to appear on Kate Valentine's UFO Show broadcast on WVNJ 1160 AM radio on 28 September. They will be talking about The Stargate Conspiracy, a book that is still receiving a lot of attention after 13 years in print. The show airs in northern New Jersey and parts of New York State and Connecticut, and can be heard everywhere online from WVNJ's web site.
9 August 2012 - Fortean farewellThe latest edition of Fortean Times, available from today, incudes Lynn and Clive's obituary and tribute to their friend John Millar, Chairman of the Saunière Society, who sadly passed away on 24 June.
19 July 2012 - New eBook edition of Turin ShroudMaintaining the curious pattern of a revised edition every six years since its first publication in 1994, available from today is the eBook of Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History, published by Little, Brown.
This edition includes a new epilogue (only available in the eBook) detailing Lynn and Clive's new research into the connection between the Shroud and Leonardo's recently rediscovered painting Salvator Mundi.
30 June 2012 - A Day for Dr DeeLynn and Clive were delighted to speak at Dee Day, the one-day conference organised by the Atlantis Bookshop to explore the life and legacy of John Dee, the Elizabethan magus, mathematician, map-maker, spymaster and - most fascinatingly -'arch conjuror of England'. The conference, coinciding with Damon Albarn's folk opera Dr Dee, took place at London's Swedenborg Hall.
L&C discussed the esoteric background to Dee as champion of Copernicus' then new and radical (to say the least) heliocentric theory, setting it against the apocalyptic ferment that gripped Europe in the late sixteenth century.
The well-attended conference was smoothly chaired by John Rimmer of the John Dee of Mortlake Society. The other speakers were historian Glyn Parry, who emphasised the central importance of the occult philosophy throughout Elizabeth I's court - and its hold over the Queen herself; Robin E. Cousins on Dee's angel-magic and alleged authorship of the grimoire Tuba veneris; astrologer Tracy Thursfied on Dee's charts; and Rosemary Warner on John Dee and Elizabethan Ciphers.
It was a brilliant day on every level - well organised, thought-provoking and with more than a dash of sheer style. Thanks to Geraldine and Bali Beskin of Atlantis, and the latter for the world-beating cake, complete with bits of gold.
25 June 2012 - Dr Dee: the operaAs a curtain raiser to Dee Day, the conference on the work of the Elizabethan magus taking place on Saturday, 30 June, L&C attended the opening night of Damon Albarn's folk opera Dr Dee at the Coliseum in London.
It was a stunning show, even for those for whom opera is not usually the entertainment of choice. Although the cast was superb, it was the design and staging that provoked the gasps of amazement and delight - the live ravens (talk about stage presence!) winning the biggest cheers.
Did the show succeed in promoting Dee's significance to a modern audience? Perhaps. But it did establish, in a few broad, mainly visual, strokes, the numinous world he conjured - and lived for.
24 June 2012 - John Millar, 1929-2012Lynn and Clive write:
'We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of John Millar, Chairman of the Saunière Society, who passed away last night after suffering a stroke. A friend for more than ten years, through his and his wife Joy's energetic work organising the society's many conferences, John gave our work - and that of many other authors and researchers - an important platform. His wide knowledge of matters religious, historical and esoteric made him an invaluable contact for our research, and his wicked and irreverent sense of humour made him great company. We'll miss John. Our thoughts are with Joy, son Chris and the family at a very difficult time.'
18 June 2012 - Turin Shroud eBook date announcedPublication of the eBook edition of Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History has been set for 19 July. This revised and updated edition, published by Little, Brown, includes a new epilogue about Lynn & Clive's big discovery of the connection between the image on the Turin Shroud and Leonardo da Vinci's newly-rediscovered Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). This is the long-awaited proof of a direct connection between him and the relic. At last!
11 June 2012 - Dee Day!Lynn and Clive are thrilled to be booked to speak on Dee Day, Atlantis Bookshop's one-day conference exploring the world of Elizabethan magus, spymaster and all-round genius John Dee. The event, coinciding with Damon Albarn's stunning folk opera Dr Dee at the English National Opera, takes place at Swedenborg Hall in London's Bloomsbury on Saturday, 30 June.
L&C's talk, 'Dr Dee's Copernican Agenda', focuses on the mage as major champion of Copernicus' heliocentric theory in Elizabethan England, revealing that his motives were primarily esoteric, rather than a purely scientific.
The other speakers include Glyn Parry, Robin E. Cousins and Tracy Thursfield, all authorities on Dee's life and work.
For full details see the Atlantis Bookshop web site.
8 May 2012 - Out ThereL&C filmed an interview for a documentary by American film maker Phil Leirness, a follow-up to his 2011 The Truth Is Out There, which followed Lone Gunmen star Dean Haglund's investigation of the conspiracy community. L&C's friend, Canadian-born researcher Mark Bennett questions them on the intricacies of belief and counter-belief in the modern world.
4 May 2012 - ReprintsLittle, Brown's Sphere imprint have reprinted Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History and Double Standards: The Rudolf Hess Cover-Up, which L&C wrote with Stephen Prior and Robert Brydon in 2001 - so all their books are still in print. No mean achievement in this fickle day and age!
1 March 2012 - The Da Vinci Shroud, reloadedUK's Channel 5 rescreened the documentary The Da Vinci Shroud - Revealed, originally broadcast in July 2009. Produced and directed by Chris Holt for Pioneer Productions, the film examines L&C's theory that Leonardo da Vinci was the master hoaxer behind the Turin Shroud - and presents exciting new evidence. Despite being a mere repeat, it was still the Daily Telegraph's TV pick of the day.
1 Mar 2012 - A Mammoth eBookRobinson have published a Kindle edition of Lynn's 2001 Mammoth Book of UFOs. Now all the joint and solo books published by Constable and Robinson - Lynn's Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess and The Secret History of Lucifer, and Lynn and Clive's The Forbidden Universe - can be enjoyed as eBooks.
13 Feb 2012 - Templars Revealed on eBookRandom House are to publish an eBook edition of L&C's classic - and, as major influence for the Da Vinci Code, massively influential - The Templar Revelation. No date yet, as Random House are steadily working through their back catalogue, but it should be out sometime in 2012. Watch this space…
2 Feb 2012 - Back to BlavatskyAfter a particularly delicious pie at Canteen in Baker Street, L & C gave their talk on The Forbidden Universe to the Blavatsky Lodge at the Theosophical Society in central London. It was a great evening, among highly appreciative friends old and new.
12 Jan 2012 - Turin Shroud revised - again!Lynn and Clive are beyond delighted that not only are Little, Brown to publish an eBook edition of Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History but it will feature an entirely new epilogue. This reveals the unequivocal - and highly dramatic - connection between the Shroud and Leonardo da Vinci's newly-rediscovered painting Salvator Mundi. The eBook is also significant for a downright Fortean synchronicity: a version of Turin Shroud has been published every six years since its first publication in 1994, with revised editions in both 2000 and 2006. Here's to further revelations in 2018…
The eBook should be available in the spring or early summer.
5 Jan 2012 - Kindling LuciferA Kindle eBook edition of Lynn's The Secret History of Lucifer is available from today, published by Robinson.
30 December 2011 - New DawningsThe January-February issue of New Dawn, available now, carries L&C's article: 'Giordano Bruno: Forgotten Genius and Hermetic Martyr', extolling his sadly little-known gift to the world of Hermetic genius. In the same issue there's also a news article about the sensational connection between the Turin Shroud and Leonardo's painting, the Salvator Mundi. The bi-monthly magazine is available on news stands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and by subscription in the rest of the world. Single issues can be downloaded (on pdf) from New Dawn's web site.
16 December 2011 - More Dark LoreVolume six of the DarkLore anthology edited by Greg Taylor, including an essay by L&C on the origins of the Royal Society, is available from today. The article explores the Society's connections with Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism - and, excitingly, the world of seventeenth-century espionage. This highly-recommended collection also includes contributions from Robert Schoch, Nigel Watson, Mark Foster and Greg Taylor himself, covering subjects as diverse as Fulcanelli, the Giza tunnels and sewer monsters. This and the other five volumes of DarkLore are available from the DarkLore web site or, of course, Amazon.
14 December 2011 - Now in the MainstreamEdinburgh-based publishers Mainstream are putting out eBook editions of their two Picknett, Prince and Prior works, War of the Windsors: A Century of Unconstitutional Monarchy and Friendly Fire: The Secret War Between the Allies. They'll be available in early 2012.
1 December 2011 - WitchFest: Your Hot DateDue to their increasing popularity among Wiccans and assorted pagans, L&C have already been booked to speak at next year's WitchFest International, on Saturday, 17 November 2012, at Croydon's Fairfield Halls. They'll be giving their brand-new, landmark talk on 'The Real Da Vinci: Genius, Heretic, Illusionist and Bad Boy - But Not the Messiah'.
30 November 2011 - Local heroes?The Shroud/Saviour of the World PR goes nearer to home, being featured in L & C's local newspaper the Croydon Guardian - and being talked about in the Croydon Visitors' Centre.
26 November 2011 - Another New DawnA special issue of New Dawn magazine exploring secret groups and elites that control - or aspire to controlling - the world is now out. It includes an article by L&C on the important politico-occult ideology of Synarchy and its influence over major events in twentieth-century Europe. The scary part is their not inconsiderable role in the development of the European Union… The issue also includes articles by Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock and James Wasserman on Freemasonry. The special issue is available on newsstands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and as a download from the New Dawn web site.
25 November 2011 - Stench of TruthAs Lynn was unwell, Clive did a solo turn on Ted Torbich's show, which explores the paranormal, occult, hidden history and conspiracies, on the Inception Radio Network. The two-hour discussion focussed on L&C's new discovery of the match between Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi and the Shroud of Turin, but also ranged over related subjects such as the Johannite heresy, the Knights Templar, the hidden symbolism in Leonardo's works, and the impact of the Hermetic tradition on the Renaissance and origins of science. Phew… For those who didn't catch it live, the show is available for on-demand listening at the Inception Radio Network site. Thanks to Ted, always a courteous and knowledgeable host.
23 November 2011 - DarkLore 6The sixth volume of DarkLore, the Fortean anthology series edited by The Daily Grail's Greg Taylor and out in December, will include an essay by Lynn and Clive on the origins of the Royal Society and its connection with Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, the Hermetic underground - and the world of espionage! This and the other five volumes of DarkLore are available from Amazon or the DarkLore web site.
17 November 2011 - Swanky, Popular - and Grailed!Two web sites have featured L&C's new claims about the connection between Leonardo da Vinci's recently rediscovered Salvator Mundi and the Turin Shroud. The lifestyle web site The Morton Report - 'where popular culture meets swanky living' - has an interview with L&C by their 'Notes from a Weird World' columnist James Clark about their amazing - and truly historic - discovery. And it also stars in a posting by Greg Taylor on the indispensable Daily Grail web site.
16 November 2011 - New Year, New DawnThe January-February 2012 issue of New Dawn will carry an article by L&C on the strange and significant life of the sixteenth-century Hermetic martyr Giordano Bruno, highlighting his contributions to the scientific revolution - and the scandalous way he has almost been airbrushed out of history. The bi-monthly magazine is available on news stands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and by subscription in the rest of the world. Single issues can be downloaded (on pdf) from New Dawn's web site.
12-13 November 2011 - A Weekend of Witches and Fortean WondersYou wait all year for major conferences and then two come at the same time. L & C loved the weekend, but as they were speaking at both venues it was a hectic couple of days. And all that rushing around meant sadly that they couldn't relax and enjoy more of both events. Saturday saw L&C's return to WitchFest International ('the largest Witchcraft festival held in the world in recorded history') in Croydon's Fairfield Halls - their third consecutive year, and a step up to the Ashcroft Theatre stage - with a very well-attended talk based on The Forbidden Universe. As always, WitchFest is a special day, with a uniquely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to David Mercer and the Children of Artemis for asking them, and to Marzena for organising the book signing and sales. Then they dashed off - if one can dash burdened with so many heavy books - to central London for the Fortean Times UnConvention, where L&C gave a slightly different version of the talk the next day. Their first UnCon for five years, it was the usual mix of the bizarre and the challenging - and that was only the audience… Thanks to FT editor David Sutton for the invitation, and Jemma Ryan for all her hard work organising the speakers.
12 November 2011 - Return to Stench of TruthTed Torbich has invited L&C back on his weekly Stench of Truth radio show, exploring the worlds of the paranormal, the occult, hidden history and conspiracies, on the Inception Radio Network, on Friday, 25 November 2011, at 7pm EST (midnight in the UK), to discuss their latest Shroud of Turin discovery and other subjects. To listen live go to the Inception Radio Network web site. The show will be archived for on-demand listening.
9 November 2011 - Lynn and Clive do YouTube with Sensational New Evidence to Link Leonardo da Vinci with the Shroud of Turin!The big news in the art world this week is the first public showing of the 'lost' Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) - rediscovered after 350 years - at the National Gallery's exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' in London. The event is also eagerly welcomed by Lynn and Clive - as, unbeknown to art historians, the painting presents compelling new evidence to link Leonardo with the Turin Shroud, adding to the case presented in their book Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History. In this short video Lynn and Clive explain how the precise match between the face of Christ on the Salvator Mundi with that of the Turin Shroud - way beyond coincidence - establishes a firm connection between Leonardo and the alleged holy relic. For a more detailed account of how the discovery fits in with their previous work click here. Thanks to Katia Milani and Stewart Ferris at Summersdale Productions for all their sterling work in putting the video together - especially at such short notice - and their unswerving patience, enthusiasm and support. Lynn and Clive could never have done it without them - literally. (And apologies to their [New] Yorkie Pooch, who tried so hard to be in the video. Next time, perhaps.)
28 October 2011 - New Dawn - New Light on Ancient KnowledgeThe November-December issue of New Dawn, 'the World's most unusual magazine', carries an article by Lynn and Clive, 'From Ancient Egypt to Modern Science: The Forgotten Link'. Developing ideas in The Forbidden Universe, this explores the pivotal role of the Hermetic texts in transmitting ancient Egyptian concepts about cosmology to the founders of modern science. Apart from its usual mix, the issue also has articles by geologist Robert Schoch on the reality of psi and additional senses beyond the usual five, former CERN scientist Bernardo Kastrup on the compatibility of science and spirituality, and John Chambers on the 'Chinese Nostradamus', Liu Ji. New Dawn is available on news stands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble in the USA, and by subscription for the rest of the world. Single issues can be downloaded from News Dawn's web site.
10 October 2011 - UnConventional PlansTo P & P's enormous delight, details have been finalised for the Fortean Times UnConvention. They'll be speaking about The Forbidden Universe on the Sunday (13 November), at 12 noon and signing books. Life doesn't get much better than that.
Other speakers on what promises to be a memorable weekend include Jon Ronson, Dave Clarke and Andy Roberts, and Gail-Nina Anderson. For full details and to book, see the UnCon 2011 web site.
30 September 2011 - RILKO: Secrets of Lost KnowledgeLynn and Clive gave their Forbidden Universe talk for the Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation at the Theosophical Society's HQ in central London. It went particularly well and some old friends in the audience made it an especially enjoyable evening.
Along with other lectures from their diverse programme, RILKO plan to make the talk available as an audio download - watch the RILKO web site for details.
Thanks to RILKO Chairman Rob Stephenson for the invitation and a very lively evening.
14 September 2011 - New Dawn Article on Egypt's LegacyThe November-December issue of New Dawn will carry an article by L & C on the ancient Egyptian origins of the highly influential texts known as the Hermetica, based on their Forbidden Universe.
3 September 2011 - Saunière Society at Folkestone RevisitedL & C returned to speak at the Sauniere Society's one-day conference at Newington Village Hall, Folkestone, on the subject of science's roots in the ancient Hermetic texts and their curious relevance today.
As usual, it was a thought-provoking and enjoyable day - and it was good to see so many new faces.
Thanks to Joy and John Millar for the invitation and Rat Scabies for the efficient and gossipy taxi service.
2 September 2011 - New Dawn Alien SpecialA special edition of New Dawn devoted to UFOs and alien contact includes L & C's article ('Behind the Mask: Aliens or Cosmic Jokers?') on two alternatives to the most popular, extraterrestrial explanation of the phenomenon. These are the 'Magonian hypothesis' - that 'aliens' are earthly entities belonging more to the supernatural realm, akin to angels, demons and spirits - and the 'Federal hypothesis': that, contrary to most conspiracy theorists' belief, government agencies actively encourage belief in UFOs as ET spacecraft. The article focuses on the bizarre but true story of the Council of Nine, first investigated in L & C's 1999 The Stargate Conspiracy, exploring the implications of the above-mentioned alternative views of alien contact - especially if both turn out to true.
The special issue will be available for three months on newsstands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and as a download from the New Dawn web site.
28 August 2011 - An International Fest of WitchesAlways one of L & C's favourite gigs of the year, they'll be speaking at their third WitchFest International in a row.
Organised by the leading wiccan group the Children of Artemis, the Fest is on Saturday, 12 November and, as always, will be at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, south London. For full details of the event and to book, see the WitchFest web site.
It'll be a busy weekend as Lynn ad Clive are speaking at the Fortean Times UnConvention the next day. You know what they say: no rest for the w….
26 August 2011 - 'Highly Recommended': New Dawn Reviews The Forbidden UniverseThe September-October 2011 issue of New Dawn carries a lengthy and highly positive review of The Forbidden Universe. Describing it as 'well researched', reviewer Lesley Crossingham highlights L & C's argument that 'Human beings are hard-wired to seek the transcendent', and concludes, 'I highly recommend this concise and well constructed book for any serious student of science or hidden history...'
New Dawn is available on newstands in Australia and New Zealand, in Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and as an e-mag from the New Dawn web site.
25 August 2011 - Gnosis, Magic, Science and Religion - Lynn and Clive appear on Guardians of the Holy GrailL & C were delighted to appear on Mark Amaru Pinkham's Guardians of the Holy Grail show on BBS Radio for an hour of discussion about The Forbidden Universe and all associated subjects - such as magic, science, religion and daring to reveal long-hidden secrets.
The show is available for on-demand listening and download on the Guardians of the Holy Grail web site.
Thanks to Mark for being so welcoming and showing such great taste as to have them on his show!
8 August 2011 - New Italian LuciferA new Italian edition of Lynn's The Secret History of Lucifer, published by Newton Compton editori, is now available, but still with the brilliant English language edition front cover.
5 August 2011 - Paranormal and ForbiddenThe new issue of the glossy and attractive Paranormal Magazine, featuring an article by Lynn and Clive tied in to The Forbidden Universe, is now available. Thanks to Editor Brian J. Allan for being so supportive and helpful.
Entitled 'Being Human: The Great Magical Experience', the piece explores the implications of humanity's 'hardwiring' to think in magical terms about the world and our place in it. The evidence suggests it's not the believers who are weird, Richard Dawkins et al please note…
5 August 2011 - Guardians of the Holy GrailL & C are booked to appear on the Guardians of the Holy Grail internet radio show hosted by Mark Amaru Pinkham, to talk about The Forbidden Universe, on Thursday 25 August. The show is broadcast on BBS Radio and starts at 12 noon Pacific Time (8pm in the UK).
3 August 2011 - Theosophical Society talkLynn and Clive have been invited to give a talk on, and sign copies of, The Forbidden Universe to the Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society on Thursday, 2 February 2012. The lecture will take place at the Society's London headquarters at 50 Gloucester Place, London W1. See the Future Events page for full details.
Thanks to Alistair Coombs for the invitation.
27 July 2011 - New Dawn Alien SpecialL & C have contributed their own take on alien contact and UFOs to New Dawn's special issue on the subject. Using the vexed events surrounding the murky Council of Nine channelling cult (as featured in The Stargate Conspiracy), they discuss alternative scenarios to the extraterrestrial explanation. But just because it's not ET, it doesn't mean the phenomena involved are not terrifying, ambiguous and in most senses that matter, 'real'.
The magazine will be available at the end of August, on newstands in Australia and New Zealand, in Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and as an emag from the New Dawn website.
17 July 2011 - 'Down the Pub' - In a Big Way!The launch party of The Forbidden Universe was finally featured in Wetherspoon News, the glossy magazine of the J.D. Wetherspoon pub chain (p. 62 of the July/August issue).
P & P, who are stalwart fans of J.D.W.'s, are delighted to make it into that particular hall of fame. In fact, they'll drink to that!
16 July 2011 - Coast to Coast at the Crack of DawnLynn and Clive got up at an ungodly hour (for them anyway) to do a three-hour telephone interview about The Forbidden Universe with Ian Punnett on the American hit show, Coast to Coast AM. As usual, Ian was an insightful, highly knowledgeable and charming host, although some of the callers were somewhat bizarre.
15 July 2011 - 'Rock Stars of the Esoteric'P & P received a copy of the new magazine Mindscape, complete with a rave review of The Forbidden Universe by Editor Andrew Gough, who notes: 'Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince are rock stars of the esoteric genre… the authors present their case splendidly, with wit, irony and a knack for the sublime. Furthermore, the book has balls…' He also admits he'd like 'to see the authors duke it out with the Anti-God Squad in person…'
Well, Anti-God Squad, you know where to find these particular ballsy authors. But let's not forget The Forbidden Universe is also no friend to creationists, so who's for a three-way fight?
1 July 2011 - A Fragrant NightLynn and Clive's appearance on Ted Torbich's 'Stench of Truth' programme on the Inception Radio Network went swimmingly. Ted was on excellent form, smoothly hosting the discussion based on elements of The Stargate Conspiracy - largely the CIA's exploitation of the channelling cult centred on the entities known as the Council of Nine.
Interviewer and interviewees all agreed that the situation was complex, and that the putative spirits could have been genuine - perhaps the tricksy 'Ultraterrestrials'. L & C reckon staying up until 2am was well worth it.
The show is available for on-demand listening at the Inception Radio web site.
29 June 2011 - Coast to Coast Stateside - Yet Again!Lynn and Clive are booked to talk about The Forbidden Universe on the Coast to Coast AM show hosted by the wise and entertaining Ian Punnett - one of their most knowledgeable and devoted fans - on Saturday, 9 July at 11pm PST (7am, Sunday morning in the UK). They've almost forgiven him for introducing them last time with the opening bars of 'I Got You Babe'! Coast to Coast AM ('the most listened to overnight radio program in North America') is syndicated to radio stations throughout the USA and Canada - to find the nearest go to the Coast to Coast AM web site.
28 June 2011 - From Blog to NetworkTed Torbich's show has moved from BlogTalkRadio to the Inception Radio Network, making Lynn and Clive the debut guests on the new platform. Thanks, Ted, for the honour! Date and time (7pm EST/midnight BST, this coming Friday) remain the same. To listen live, go to the Inception Radio website. The show will be archived for on-demand listening.
24 June 2011 - Another New DawnThe July issue of New Dawn, containing 'Search for the Mind of God' by Lynn and Clive, is available from today. Based on The Forbidden Universe, the article explores the growing scientific evidence for design in the universe - but emphatically not for the God of the Bible - and how cutting-edge physicists are now advocating concepts also found in the ancient texts that inspired the scientific revolution in the first place. New Dawn is available on news stands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and by subscription in the rest of the world. Single issues can be downloaded on pdf file from New Dawn's web site.
23 June 2011 - A Feast of ForteanaTwo bits of Fortean Times news… First, Lynn and Clive are over the moon, cockahoop, made up, thrilled to bits and/or any other similar phrase, to be appearing at this year's Fortean Times UnConvention, on the weekend of 12-13 November, speaking about The Forbidden Universe. It's been five years since they appeared at an UnCon, and they can't wait. If you can't either at least check out the details, which will follow asap. And also see the July issue of FT, available today, which features a tie-in article to The Forbidden Universe by Lynn and Clive (coincidentally together with a piece by on the interstellar origins of life by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, a major star of part two of the book). L & C's article, entitled 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', tells the real story behind the persecution of Galileo for promoting the sun-centred model of the solar system - and why it presented such a threat to the Church. As they explain, the truth is spectacularly different from the textbook version - but then you would hardly expect our heroes to promote the conventional line, would you?
23 June 2011 - More ParanormalityThe July issue of Paranormal Magazine will include an article by Lynn and Clive on the basic human instinct - so fundamental as to be hardwired into us - to see the world in supernatural, magical terms. The article develops one of the most thought-provoking themes of The Forbidden Universe.
22 June 2011 - Saunière Society invitationLynn and Clive will be speaking on The Forbidden Universe at the Saunière Society's public meeting at Newington, Folkestone on 3 September. For more details, see the Future Events page.
6 June 2011 - Reviewed in MagoniaA positive review of The Forbidden Universe (together with Gary Lachman's The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus) by Mark McCann has appeared on the online Magonia Review of Books. To read the review, click here.
4 June 2011 - Knowledge Lost and FoundThe prestigious Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation (RILKO) have invited Lynn and Clive to give a lecture on The Forbidden Universe, on Friday, 30 September 2011. See the Future Events page or the RILKO web site for more details. Thanks to RILKO Chairman Robert Stephenson for the invitation.
26 May 2011 - Articles of FaithMajor tie-in articles to The Forbidden Universe by Lynn and Clive will feature in forthcoming issues of two internationally-renowned magazines. The July issue of Fortean Times (available from 23 June) will tell the real story behind the Inquisition's persecution of Galileo for promoting the heliocentric theory - and why it really posed such a threat to the Church. The July/August edition of New Dawn, available in the last week of June in Australia, New Zealand and the USA (and subscription/download in the rest of the world), will include 'Searching for the Mind of God', exploring the growing scientific evidence for design in the universe - which, perhaps more satisfyingly, also vindicates the ancient Hermetic texts that inspired the scientific revolution in the first place. It's very much back to the future for science.
25 May 2011 - A Longer Life in ItalyMilan publishers Sperling and Kupfer have extended their rights to the Italian edition of The Templar Revelation for a further five years. When publishers - of all people! - are also fans, it's especially encouraging.
20 May 2011 - Picking Up the ScentAmerican conspiracy commentator Ted Torbich has invited Lynn and Clive to appear on his BlogTalkRadio show, the strangely-named The Stench of Truth, to discuss their 1999 book The Stargate Conspiracy. The two-hour show will be streamed on 1 July. See the Stench of Truth web site for full details.
9 May 2011 - Secret ChiefsThis evening saw a welcome return to Secret Chiefs at the Devereux Arms in London where there was a packed house for Lynn and Clive's talk on The Forbidden Universe, detailing the influence of the Hermetic tradition on the scientific revolution, and its relevance for the future of science. There is something spookily neat about the evidence emerging from science itself that we inhabit a living, evolving conscious universe - very like the concepts expressed in the ancient texts. Thanks to Michael Bingas for the invitation.
3 May 2011 - Happy Birthday, Colin!The May/June issue of New Dawn magazine - its 20th anniversary issue, in fact - carries an article by Lynn and Clive marking Colin Wilson's 80th birthday (on 26 June). Entitled 'Onside with the Outsider' it examines the development of his major themes over the last five decades and his enduring challenge to consensus reality. They also stressed that he remains upbeat about humanity's potential, unlike the gloom and doom hysteria - the alleged coming apocalypse of 2012 and so on - that seems endemic in some esoteric/New Age quarters. It was an honour to be asked to write the piece. New Dawn is available on news stands in Australia and New Zealand, from Barnes and Noble stores in the USA, and by subscription in the rest of the world. Single issues can be downloaded on pdf file from New Dawn's web site.
15 April 2011 - US launch of The Forbidden UniverseThis was the official publication day of the US edition of The Forbidden Universe, by Herman Graf's Skyhorse imprint. After the Publishers Weekly review (see below), it's all to play for…
14 April 2011 - Behind the Scenes at the LibraryLynn and Clive gave their new Forbidden Universe talk at Swindon Central Library, which was well attended and prompted some interesting debate at question time. Books were duly signed. Thanks to librarian Leon Flower and PR Gina Rozner for arranging it.
11 April 2011 - Publishers Weekly reviewAhead of the US publication, Publishers Weekly have given The Forbidden Universe a very positive review, calling it (among other things) 'fascinating and erudite'… as well as dubbing Lynn and Clive 'provocateurs'. Whatever that means - but they quite like the sound of it. The review can be read on the Publishers Weekly web site.
28 March 2011 - The Forbidden Universe at the Secret ChiefsLynn and Clive are delighted to be giving a talk on The Forbidden Universe to one of their favourite groups, the 'cultural, magickal and pagan soirée' that is the Secret Chiefs, on Monday 9 May. The meeting is at the historic Devereux Arms pub in Devereux Court, central London. The evening begins at 7.30 and admission is £2.00. See the Secret Chiefs web site for more details and directions.
25 March 2011 - The Forbidden Universe in SwindonSwindon Central Library have invited Lynn and Clive to give a talk about The Forbidden Universe, followed by a book signing, on 14 April at 7.30.
24 March 2011 - Forbidden Universe launch day!Launch day of the UK edition, in hardback and kindle, of Lynn and Clive's latest book, The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God. Like all launches it feels weird - after all that time locked away writing and revising, suddenly the book is real and it's party time with friends and colleagues. The night was a huge success. Attendees included authors, researchers on a host of colourful topics and journalists such as Robert Feather, Simon Brighton, Jane Lyle, Caroline Wise, Mark Bennett, Stewart Ferris, Sally Morgan, Charles Fowkes and Will Fowler. Also present in force were representatives of publishers Constable and Robinson, who had the great good sense to publish the book, including Andreas Campomar, editor Leo Hollis, and PR Gina Rozner. Everyone was particularly delighted when television explorer and all-round-nice-guy Bruce Parry turned up.
19-20 March 2011 - Saunière Society Scottish symposiumIn the historic and delightful surroundings of Newbattle Abbey College in Midlothian, Lynn and Clive gave their first talk on The Forbidden Universe to the Scottish symposium of the Saunière Society. Other speakers included Brian Allan, Simon Brighton and Maurice Cotterell. Delegates remarked on a particularly lively speakers' forum on Saturday evening… It was also a good opportunity to meet up with some old Scottish friends, justly-famed researcher Bob Brydon and the artist Lindsay Brydon, and Edinburgh publicist and media-man John Ritchie. Plus of course, it's always fun to catch up with Rat Scabies. Thanks to Saunière Society organisers John and Joy Millar.
26 February 2011 - Saunière Society symposium, FolkestoneLynn and Clive gave talks on, respectively, Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist, to the one-day Saunière Society symposium in Newington Village Hall, Folkestone, their first to the society in a while. Always a well-read and knowledgeable audience! Thanks to Joy and John Millar for the invitation.
22 January 2011 - Alien TVLynn was interviewed at her Croydon home by Andrew Gough for Philip Gardiner's forthcoming documentary on alien abduction, directed by Layla Randle-Conde. The interview was specifically about issues raised in Lynn's 2001 Mammoth Book of UFOs - such as the scarily striking similarities between ancient stories of fairy abduction and the modern rash of alleged alien kidnappings.
20 January 2011 - The Rudolf Hess Cover-Up: RomaniaThe Romanian translation of Double Standards: The Rudolf Hess Cover-Up, co-written with the late Stephen Prior, was published today by Rao Books, under the title Cazul Rudolf Hess: Dezertor sau mesager?.
26 December 2010 - The Last Supper, revisitedThe New York Post printed an article by Larry Getlen, tied in to the opening of Peter Greenaway's multimedia exhibit of Leonardo's 'Last Supper' in the city, on 'conspiracy theories' about this and other works of Leonardo, for which Lynn was interviewed (as one of the conspiracy theorists, naturally). The article took the predictable line: we must be wrong because 'experts' say so. The article can also be read online, on the New York Post web site.
22 November 2010 - Saunière Society bookingsLynn and Clive have been invited by their old friends at the Saunière Society to give lectures at both of their spring symposiums. The first will be on Saturday, 26 February at Newington Village Hall, Folkestone, where Lynn and Clive will give separate talks, both based on the reality behind two New Testament characters. Lynn will be speaking about Mary Magdalene and Clive about John the Baptist. Then at the weekend symposium at Newbattle Abbey College in Midlothian, Scotland on 19-20 March Lynn and Clive will be unveiling their new book, The Forbidden Universe, which is published the following week (although advance copes will be available at the symposium). For full details of both events, and how to book, see the Saunière Society web site.
6 November 2010 - WitchFest 2010As always, WitchFest International, organised by the influential pagan group the Children of Artemis, was a delight. Lynn and Clive spoke on 'Lucifer: Trouble Maker or Light Bringer?' (based on Lynn's The Secret History of Lucifer) showing how the archetypal representative of enlightenment and freedom of thought became literally demonised - and how women were not only the inevitable scapegoats for all evil and disasters but also the focus of misogynistic sadism in the witch hunt hysteria. And as her followers called Mary Magdalene 'Mary Lucifer' (Mary the Light-bringer), to the Church Fathers she became synonymous with sin and female shame, although she was perhaps the least ashamed woman in history. The talk was followed by a book signing. Thanks to the Children of Artemis, and particularly organiser Dave Mercer, for a splendid day.
4 November 2010 - The new Masks of ChristThe 'B' format paperback edition of The Masks of Christ is available in the UK from today.
14 September 2010 - Lynn and Clive to appear at WitchFest InternationalLynn and Clive are thrilled to have been asked to talk at their second WitchFest in a row. This year's festival, held as always in Croydon's Fairfield Halls, will be on Saturday, 6 November. The subject of Lynn and Clive's talk will be Lucifer - trouble maker or light bringer? For full details of the festival - always a highlight of the calendar - see the WitchFest web site.
9 August 2010 - The Forbidden UniverseConstable have brought forward the publication date for Lynn and Clive's latest work, which is now entitled The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God. Rather than the early summer as originally planned, The Forbidden Universe will be in the shops on 24 March 2011. The US edition, published by Herman Graf's Skyhorse imprint, will be launched on the same day.
13 July 2010 - The Masks of Christ 'B' formatSphere have set the date for the UK publication of the 'B' format paperback (the conventional paperback size as opposed to larger 'trade' format of the current edition) of The Masks of Christ for 4 November 2010.
26 June 2010 - Back in BucharestIt was a great pleasure for Lynn and Clive to be back in Bucharest for their second lecture for CISCE, the Centrul Independent de Studii si Cercetari Ezoterice (Independent Study for Esoteric Study and Research) - everyone likes to be among friends and returning to the scene of past triumphs! Part of CISCE's monthly series of free public lectures, held in the Universitatea Populara Ioan I. Dalles, the subject of their talk was their research into the medieval Knights Templar, dispelling some of the popular myths about them while also challenging the conventional historical line that there are no unanswered questions about this most secretive of medieval chivalric orders, as well as presenting the evidence for its pivotal role in the transmission of the Johannite heresy in the European mystery tradition. As always, the hospitality of their Romanian hosts, especially Dr Vlad Sauciuc and his wife Mariana, was stunning. And even though English travellers who venture into Carpathian mountains have had something of a rough ride according to the likes of Bram Stoker, this time Lynn and Clive escaped unscathed. Lynn claims to have seen a bear. Nobody believed her.
7 June 2010 - The Emperor's New ClothesA well-attended meeting of the Secret Chiefs heard Lynn and Clive's talk on their research into mysteries as diverse as the Turin Shroud and Rudolf Hess' flight to Britain in 1941, and how a direct approach to the evidence and a refusal to be over-awed by academic and official authority produces the most astonishing results. Thanks to Michael Bingas and Roz Gurney for the invitation - always a pleasure!
15 May 2010 - A new Secret Chiefs talkLynn and Clive are to give next month's talk at the gathering of the Secret Chiefs, described as a cultural, magickal and pagan soirée. Beginning at 7.30 on Monday, 7 June at the Devereux Arms in central London, their talk, entitled 'The Emperor's New Clothes', will be their approach to research (best described as bloody-minded) and the strange paths on which it has led them. For full details see the Secret Chiefs web site.
6 May 2010 - The Johannite GrailAs Lynn couldn't appear owing to illness, Clive went solo for Mark Amaru Pinkham's Guardians of the Holy Grail show on the BBS internet radio network. The live discussion focussed on the Johannite tradition and its relevance for understanding the Grail legends and much else, including the origins of Christianity itself. The show can be heard again (by subscription) on the BBS web site archive section. The best wishes of Mark and the listeners for Lynn's speedy recovery were much appreciated.
12 April 2010 - Lynn and Clive to appear on Guardians of the Holy GrailLynn and Clive are to make a return appearance on the Guardians of the Holy Grail radio show hosted by Mark Amaru Pinkham on the BBS internet talk radio network on 6 May, to talk about their research into the Johannite tradition.
19 March 2010 - Masks of Christ Portuguese salePortuguese rights to The Masks of Christ have been sold to Sociedade Editoral de Inovçao. Details of publication will follow when known.
1 March 2010 - The award-winning Picknett and Prince!Lynn and Clive are thrilled and honoured that their lecture 'The Bad Samaritan', given in May 2009, won one of the 'best talk' prizes in the Secret Chief's annual Rick Gibson Memorial Awards. They picked up their certificate and prize at tonight's meeting. Thanks to Kleo Gibson, Michael Bingas, Roz Gurney and Alan Rider.
23 December 2009 - Oggi reviewThe Italian daily newspaper Brescia Oggi carried a review of The Book Jesus Would Never Have Allowed You to Read. This is, of course, the Italian title of The Masks of Christ.
3 December 2009 - Holy BloodAs part of its special blood-themed issue that includes features on Dracula and the blood-sucking Chupacabras of Nicaragua, January's Fortean Times (available now) has an article by Lynn and Clive on the origins on the Christian symbolic blood-and-body ritual of the Eucharist. Entitled 'Tracing the Eucharist's Source', and based on research for The Masks of Christ, they argue that, contrary to the usual historical interpretation, the Eucharist was not a post-Crucifixion invention of second-generation, non-Jewish Christians but preserves a ritual instituted by Jesus himself. As such it sheds important light on Jesus' own beliefs and motivation.
7 November 2009 - Witching hourLynn and Clive gave their talk on 'Simon Magus: The Bad Samaritan' at WitchFest International in Croydon's Fairfield Halls, followed by a book signing for The Masks of Christ. (Who else would sell a book about Jesus to a gathering of wiccans and pagans…) Thanks to the Children of Artemis, and particularly Dave Mercer, for the usual well-organised, friendly and truly magical day.
29 October 2009 - The Book Jesus Doesn't Want You to Read!Publication of the Italian translation of The Masks of Christ, under the wonderful title of The Book Jesus Would Never Have Allowed You to Read (Il libro che gesù non ti avrebbe mai fatto leggere), by Newton Compton Editori.
13 October 2009 - Lynn and Clive to speak at WitchFest InternationalFollowing their appearance at WitchFest South in May, Lynn and Clive are thrilled to have been invited to speak at the annual WitchFest International - billed as the 'largest witchcraft festival in recorded history' - organised by the Children of Artemis at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, and taking place on 7 November. Lynn and Clive will be talking on 'Simon Magus: The Bad Samaritan'. For details of the event, see the WitchFest website.
12 October 2009 - Coast to Coast revisitedA welcome return to Coast to Coast AM saw Lynn and Clive in a three-hour discussion with Ian Punnett (standing in for usual host George Noory), beginning with their work on the Shroud of Turin but moving on to the mysteries of the historical Jesus and the origins of Christianity. They always appreciate Ian's knowledge and enthusiasm - but were a little thrown by him introducing them with a few bars of 'I've Got You Babe', as he's clearly tickled by the idea that they're a sort of British Sonny and Cher. The show can be heard again on the Coast to Coast AM web site.
3 October 2009 - Return to RomaniaCISCE, the Centrul Independent de Studii si Cercetari Ezoterice (Independent Centre for Esoteric Study and Research), have invited Lynn and Clive to appear at one of their monthly public lectures in Bucharest, on Saturday, 26 June next year. The subject of their talk will be the myths and realities of the Knights Templar. Thanks to CISCE's president Dr Vlad Sauciuc for the invitation.
17 September 2009 - The new book! And a new publisherLynn and Clive are delighted to announce that, after several months of negotiation, their new book has been signed by Constable and Robinson. Although it will be something of a wrench to leave the Little, Brown group after their long and fruitful association, the new partnership with Constable and Robinson - publishers of Lynn's solo books Mary Magdalene and The Secret History of Lucifer - promises to be both profitable and enjoyable. Lynn and Clive's ninth book together, with the working title The Forbidden Alternative, will explore the influence of esoteric thought on the origins and history of science, and offer a new and original perspective on the current 'science vs. religion' debate. Publication is planned for the summer of 2011. As always, Lynn and Clive thank their agent, Jeffrey Simmons, for his hard work in securing this deal.
21 August 2009 - Talking of JesusLynn and Clive recorded a chat-show format interview on the historical vs. the mythical Jesus for Controversial TV's Esoteria, hosted by Nick Margerrison. The show will be broadcast in October or November on Sky channel 200 - check the Future Events page or Controversial TV's web site for the exact date.
1 July 2009 - The Shroud RevealedUK broadcast, on Five, of 'The Da Vinci Shroud', as part of the Revealed series. Based on Lynn and Clive's research, the documentary unveils new evidence of Leonardo's connection with the Turin Shroud. It also received a pleasing amount of positive coverage in the national press, with features in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Sun, among others.
8 June 2009 - Guardians of the GrailLynn and Clive appeared on the Guardians of the Grail show hosted by Mark Amaru Pinkham on the internet radio broadcaster VoiceAmerica's 7th Wave Network. The hour-long interview ranged over all aspects of their research into the origins of Christianity and the Johannite heresy.
27 May 2009 - Secret ChiefsLynn and Clive gave their talk on Simon Magus, 'The Bad Samaritan', to the Secret Chiefs pagan/occult forum at the Devereux Arms in central London. Many thanks to organiser Michael Bingas for the invitation. For more on the Secret Chiefs and their programme of fortnightly meetings, click here.
16 May 2009 - Witchfest SouthLynn and Clive appeared at Witchfest South, organised by the leading wiccan organisation, the Children of Artemis, at the Stanley Halls in London's South Norwood. They gave their talk 'The Bad Samaritan', on the significance of Simon Magus for our understanding of Jesus and Christian origins. Thanks to CoA's David Mercer for the invitation.
10 May 2009 - Angels and Demons: DecodedPremiere broadcast on The History Channel of Angels and Demons: Decoded, the official 'facts behind the fiction' documentary tie-in to the movie Angels and Demons, which is released this week. The documentary, made by Prometheus Entertainment, features interviews with Lynn and Clive about the true story of the Illuminati and other aspects of the background to Dan Brown's novel.
6 April 2009 - The Da Vinci ShroudPremiere, on the Discovery Channel in the USA, of the documentary 'The Da Vinci Shroud', based on Lynn and Clive's research into the Shroud of Turin, revealing new evidence that Leonardo was the mastermind behind Christianity's greatest hoax. The documentary, made by Pioneer Productions, produced and directed by Chris Holt and narrated by Sean Pertwee, is due to air in the UK, on Five, in July.
29 March 2009 - The Holy Grail in MilanLynn and Clive were the key speakers at a conference at the Hotel Michelangelo in Milan, organised by Acacia Ediziones, publisher of, among others, Hera magazine. The subject of their talk was their research into the origins of the Holy Grail legends. Thanks to Acacia's proprietor Franco Cappiello for the invitation and his hospitality, and to Loredana Giattini for the organisation.
7 March 2009 - Back with the Saunière SocietyLynn and Clive appeared at the symposium organised by the Saunière Society in Folkestone, talking about their research into the significance of Simon Magus.
16 February 2009 - Angelic EncounterLynn and Clive were filmed for the official 'facts behind the fiction' documentary tie-in to the new Robert Langdon movie Angels and Demons, based on Dan Brown's 'prequel' to The Da Vinci Code. They were interviewed in, of all places, London's Fitzroy House, one-time international headquarters of the Church of Scientology and now a museum dedicated the life of founder L. Ron Hubbard. The documentary, Angels and Demons: Decoded, will be broadcast on The History Channel in May to coincide with the premiere of the movie. Thanks to Natalie Artin at Prometheus Entertainment for setting it up.
19 December 2008 - A New Shroud DocumentaryFilming, at the suitably atmospheric (if bitterly cold) St Mary Magdalene's church in London's Paddington, for a major documentary based on Lynn and Clive's work on Leonardo da Vinci and the Turin Shroud. The documentary, entitled The Da Vinci Shroud, will be broadcast in spring 2009 on the Discovery Channel in the USA and Five in the UK, and will reveal new discoveries about the origins of the Shroud.
The film is being made by Pioneer Productions and is directed by Chris Holt. Thanks to Chris, assistant producer Hannah James and researcher Jean-Michel Villot for making it happen.
16 December 2008 - Dutch saleRights to The Masks of Christ in the Netherlands have been sold to Tirion, publishers of Lynn and Clive's other books. Details of publication will follow when known.
7 December 2008 - Believe ItLynn and Clive did a live down-the-line interview on The Masks of Christ for the Believe It Or Not? Show hosted by Kate Turkington on South Africa's Talk Radio 702.
5 December 2008 - Simon Magus Online'The Bad Samaritan' article on Simon Magus written by Lynn and Clive for New Dawn magazine is now available (for free) on New Dawn's web site.
24 November 2008 - Masks of Christ, ItalyItalian rights to The Masks of Christ have been sold to Newton & Compton. Details of publication of the Italian translation will follow when known.
20-24 November 2008 - Romanian launchLynn and Clive travelled to Bucharest for a whirlwind media tour launching The Masks of Christ, organised jointly by Rao publishing and the Centrul Independent de Studii si Cercetari Ezoterice (CISCE, the Independent Centre for Esoteric Research and Studies). The first foreign-language edition to be published, Rao did an incredible job of translating the book so swiftly.
The book was officially launched on 21 November at the Gaudeamus book fair as part of an intense day of TV and press interviews, which kicked off with a live interview on The Morning Show on the national television station TVR. Lynn and Clive also recorded a chat show, for broadcast a week later, with Antena2 TV, as well as giving numerous interviews to press and TV throughout the day, including the national daily newspaper Cotidianul and the Romanian edition of the New York Times Book Review.
Lynn and Clive would like to thank to all at Rao, especially director general and Ovidiu Enculescu and his wife Anca, their editor Monica Nechiti and publicist Alina Bratu, for all their hard work, kindness and hospitality. Thanks too to their Romanian agent Simona Kessler and to translator Carmen Bourceanu.
The following day Lynn and Clive gave a well-attended talk on the Johannite heresy organised by CISCE. Many thanks to CISCE's president, Dr Vlad Sauciac, for making it all happen, and to TV presenter Oreste Teodorescu for hosting a delightful party afterwards - and to Oreste's mother for the food. It was also a pleasure to meet CISCE member and former deputy prime minister Gelu Voiculescu.
It was a memorable, if hectic, introduction to Romania.
9-16 November 2008 - Six night standKerrang! Radio's The Night Before, hosted by Nick Margerrison, broadcast the six segments of Lynn and Clive's interview on The Masks of Christ nightly, receiving what they said was an 'incredible' response.
11 November 2008 - American launch of The Masks of ChristThe official US publication of The Masks of Christ, by Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint.
Many thanks to all at Simon & Schuster for bringing this project to fruition, especially Lynn and Clive's editor Meghan Stevenson.
2 November 2008 - Return to NewbattleAt the Saunière Society's weekend symposium at Newbattle Abbey in Scotland, Lynn and Clive gave a talk based on The Masks of Christ. Thanks to Joy and John Millar for their usual well-organised and stimulating weekend of talks and discussion.
24 October 2008 - New DawnThe November-December issue of Australia's New Dawn magazine, available now, includes an article by Lynn and Clive on 'The Bad Samaritan', Simon Magus, based on their research for The Masks of Christ.
The magazine is also available as a pdf download - see New Dawn's web site for details.
6 October 2008 - Kerrang!Lynn and Clive recorded an interview on the historical Jesus, based on The Masks of Christ, for Kerrang! Radio's The Night Before, hosted by Nick Margerrison. The interview will be broadcast in ten-minute segments during November.
2 October 2008 - The New Sion RevelationLaunch of the updated paperback edition of The Sion Revelation. The new edition includes a postscript detailing some important developments in the Priory of Sion and Rennes-le-Château mysteries since the first edition was published in February 2006.
15 September 2008 - On the EdgeClive appeared live on Edge TV's On the Edge presented by Franky Ma (Sky channel 200), talking about The Masks of Christ and his and Lynn's other books.
22 July 2008 - Masks of Christ, HungaryHungarian rights to The Masks of Christ have been sold to Gold Books. Details of the publication to follow.
15 July 2008 - Red Ice onlineThe interview that Lynn and Clive recorded for Red Ice Radio is now online - click here for the link.
13 July 2008 - Red IceSweden-based internet radio broadcaster Red Ice Radio recorded a two-hour interview with Lynn and Clive. The comprehensive question-and-answer, conducted by Henrik Palmgren, ranged over their new discoveries in The Masks of Christ and previous books such as The Stargate Conspiracy. Thanks to Fredrik Palmgren for organising what was a congenial and smooth-running event. Details of the broadcast are to follow.
5 July 2008 - A day for IsisLynn gave a talk on the significance of Mary Magdalene to the one-day conference of the Fellowship of Isis at the Swedenborg Hall, in Bloomsbury, London, stressing that although as representative and priestess of the Goddess she should be revered, it is important to realise that she was a human being with flaws like anyone else. It was a diverse, entertaining and thought-provoking day, thanks to the exceptional organisation by Caroline Wise. Other presentations included those by Olivia Robinson and Caitlin Matthews. The most unusual element was the finale, a presentation about the Isis and Osiris myth by the extraordinary professional storyteller Xanthe Gresham, about whom the Arts Council said: 'She speaks like a woman spitting jewels'.
3 July 2008 - The Masks of Christ - the launch!Lynn and Clive were delighted to celebrate the official launch of The Masks of Christ, their eighth book together, with friends and colleagues at the Angel in the Fields in London's Marylebone. At the hugely enjoyable evening, extra special because of the presence of friends old and new, they said this was a book they had always wanted to write, and that researching for it had revealed the astonishing extent of the churches' deception about the true nature and agenda of Jesus.
Among the distinguished guests were writers Ahmed Osman and Dr Robert Feather, astronomers Professor Heather Couper and Dr Nigel Henbest, television producer and historian James Burge, Fellowship of Isis luminaries Olivia Robertson and Caroline Wise, researcher and writer on the esoteric Andrew Gough, drummer and Grail hunter Rat Scabies, John and Joy Millar of the Saunière Society and Executive Producer of David Paradine Productions, Trevor Poots. Also present was Lynn and Clive's agent and friend Jeffrey Simmons, and Keith Prince, who had suggested some of the key discoveries in the book.
24 May 2008 - In memory of Eric TaylorLynn and Clive were honoured to attend the gathering at Elvington Air Museum, near York, to celebrate the life of their friend Eric Taylor, who died on 21 December 2007, aged 85.
Eric was always interested in and encouraged Lynn and Clive's ideas and projects, and helped enormously with research for their books dealing with the Second World War, by sharing his firsthand experiences of the Italian campaign and the results of his own extensive research, having become since his retirement from teaching a prolific and respected author of such works as Operation Millennium, Showbiz Goes to War and a number of books detailing the experiences of women at war.
Eric's hugely varied and active life even included a stint playing for Manchester United in the 1941-42 season. His widow, our close friend Sheila (and Lynn's Grammar School English teacher), asked Lynn to say a few words, joining Eric's many family members and friends in eulogising this modest, funny, caring - and much-missed - man.
13 May 2008 - Masks of Christ rights sold in RomaniaRomanian rights to The Masks of Christ have been sold to RAO, publishers of The Templar Revelation and The Sion Revelation.
25 April 2008 - Brazilian news 2: Masks of ChristBrazilian rights to The Masks of Christ have been sold to Record.
25 April 2008 - Brazilian news 1: Turin ShroudThe Brazilian edition of Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History is now available, published by Record.
15 April 2008 - Lynn and Clive to appear at Saunière Society Scottish symposiumLynn and Clive are to give a talk based on The Masks of Christ at the Saunière Society's symposium being held in Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian, Scotland, on the weekend of 1-3 November 2008. For details of the other speakers and booking arrangements, see the Saunière Society web site.
20 March 2008 - Bucharest bookingLynn and Clive are to speak at conference and make an appearance at a book fair in Bucharest on 20 November 2008. They were asked by Vlad Sauciac, one of Europe's top organisers of conferences on the esoteric to speak at his event and do a book signing at the Bucharest Book Fair the following weekend.
14 March 2008 - Sion Revelation updatedLynn and Clive are delighted to announce that an updated edition of The Sion Revelation is to be published in the UK in October, as a 'C format' paperback. It will include new and sometimes surprising discoveries and developments in the Priory of Sion and Rennes-le-Château mysteries based on Lynn and Clive's ongoing research since the publication of first edition in February 2006. For more details, see the Future Events page.
28 February 2008 - Legends of SpainLynn and Clive were interviewed for a documentary being made by Divine TV Productions for Sky TV's Living in Spain channel (aimed at the British ex-pat community in Spain). Part of the Mystical Legends of Spain series, the documentary looks at the history of the Templars in Spain and Portugal and the myth of the Holy Grail. Details of the broadcast will follow. Other interviewees included Patrice Chaplin and Andrew Gough.
30 January 2008 - Masks of Christ US launch date brought forwardLynn and Clive are delighted to announce that the US publishers of The Masks of Christ, Simon and Schuster, have brought forward publication (originally set for early 2009) to 11 November 2008. The American edition, under Simon and Schuster's Touchstone Fireside imprint, will have the slightly different subtitle of Behind the Lies and Cover-ups About the Life of Jesus.
2 January 2008 - The Moot with No NameLynn and Clive kicked off the new year with a talk on the Knights Templar to the Moot With No Name, the twice-monthly pagan-oriented gathering that takes place in the Devereux Arms in central London. The talk, which concentrated on new research into the Templars such as the Chinon document, was pleasingly well-attended, especially considering how closely it followed the New Year festivities. Thanks to David V. Barrett and Steve Wilson for inviting them along.
15 December 2007 - Christmas on Coast to Coast AMLynn and Clive appeared on Ian Punnett's show on America's Coast to Coast AM - apparently granting Ian's Christmas wish from his producer, that he could choose his favourite guests for the show! The three-hour early morning live show was as usual exhausting but great fun, and ranged over all aspects of Lynn and Clive's work but focused especially on secret societies. Clips from the show can be heard at www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2007/12/15.html.
15 November 2007 - New London lectureLynn and Clive are to give talk on the latest research into the Knights Templar to the new year meeting of the Moot With No Name, a bi-weekly pagan-oriented gathering that takes place in The Devereux pub, Devereux Court, in central London. It's at 7.30pm on 2 January 2008, and entry is £2. The nearest tube is, appropriately, Temple - see tinyurl.com/cp7u2 for a map.
5 November 2007 - Sion Revelation sold in SlovakiaSlovakian rights to The Sion Revelation have been bought by Remedium.
1 November 2007 - Dark LoreThe first volume of Dark Lore, the anthology series produced by Greg Taylor of the celebrated Daily Grail web site, is now available, and includes an article by Lynn and Clive, 'The Knights Templar: 700 years', detailing new research into the Templars. This highly-recommended volume, which also includes writings by, among others, Robert Schoch, Loren Coleman and Nick Redfern, can be ordered through the Shop section.
1 November 2007 - UK launch of The Sion Revelation paperbackLynn and Clive are thrilled that the paperback edition of The Sion Revelation has been released in the UK. The book is in B (large) format.
21 October 2007 - Lynn at the Awaken the Divine Feminine conference, LondonHappily fully recovered, Lynn gave her lecture 'Mary Magdalene: The Most Famous Woman in History?' at the London Awaken the Divine Feminine conference organised by Finbarr Ross' Celtic Mystical Journeys. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with Margaret Starbird, the famous author on the Magdalene, whose work was also an inspiration for The Da Vinci Code.
8 October 2007 - Lynn's Dublin lecture cancelledWith great regret, illness has forced Lynn to cancel her appearance at the Dublin Awaken the Divine Feminine conference scheduled for 13-14 October.
29 September 2007 - Sion Revelation launch in BrazilThe Brazilian edition of The Sion Revelation (Os guardiães da linhagem de Cristo) has been published, by Record.
17 September 2007 - Masks of Christ UK launch date announcedLynn and Clive are thrilled to announce that Little, Brown UK have set the publication date for their new book, The Masks of Christ: Behind the Lies and Cover-ups About the Man Believed to be God, as 3 July 2008. The book, which builds on and develops research from The Templar Revelation, will be published by Little, Brown's Sphere imprint.
15 August 2007 - Friendly Fire launched in PolandThe Polish edition of Friendly Fire (Od Wlasnej Kuli) has been published by Bellona.
14 August 2007 - National Gallery filmingLynn and Clive were thrilled to have the rare opportunity of an after-hours visit to the Leonardo gallery of London's National Gallery - behind the scenes at the museum! - when they were interviewed by Javier Sierra for a documentary on the Turin Shroud being produced for the Spanish El Mundo TV channel. Lynn and Clive discussed their uncovering of Leonardo's faking of the Shroud and the hidden symbolism in his paintings (as well as other Renaissance artists such as Holbein). They were also filmed in London's Soho, which currently has a street display of replicas of famous paintings. They were amused to discover the reproduction of Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks - so important to their theories - on a wall next to a shop selling Goth accessories and blaring heavy metal! Perhaps Leonardo would have approved… Details of the broadcast are to follow.
7 July 2007 - The Holy Grail ConferenceClive appeared at the Holy Grail Conference organised by the International Order of Gnostic Templars in Glastonbury, Lynn being unable to attend because of illness. Clive's talk focussed on the connections between the Grail legends and the Johannite heresy, based on the discoveries in The Templar Revelation. Many thanks to Mark Amaru Pinkham for organising the event and making it such a success.
6 July 2007 - Last word on the TemplarsA special edition of the Spanish magazine Más álla commemorating the 700th anniversary of the suppression of the Knights Templar includes, as the last word, an opinion piece by Lynn and Clive on the enduring appeal of the warrior monks.
26 June 2007 - Radio 4Broadcast of BBC Radio 4 Templar radio show with interview with Lynn.
26 June 2007 - Sion Revelation sold in IndonesiaLynn and Clive are delighted to announce that Indonesian rights to The Sion Revelation have been bought by Bernada.
11 June 2007 - Finally, the Italian Shroud…Lynn and Clive are thrilled that their first book, Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History is finally available in Italian translation, published by Sperling and Kupfer (under the title La Sindone Da Vinci). From the translation (of the 2007 revised edition), readers in Italy now have the chance to see for themselves what the fuss was about, after a spokesman for the Pope denounced it to the Italian media in 1998.
1 June 2007 - Stargate Conspiracy sold in HungaryHungarian rights to The Stargate Conspiracy have been bought by Gold Book.
18 May 2007 - The Sion Revelation launched in PolandThe Polish translation of The Sion Revelation, W Mrocznym Swiecie Tajemnic Syjonu, has been published by Albatros.
10 May 2007 - Talking TemplarsAlthough set to be interviewed outside London's famous Temple Church, a day of cloudbursts meant that Lynn talked Templars for Radio Four in the canteen of the BBC's Bush House - an informal setting for what proved to be a very enjoyable occasion. Her role for the wider programme was to persuade anchorman Martin Palmer that there are indeed reasons to take Templar mysteries seriously. Thanks to producer Norman Winter for arranging the interview. The programme will be aired in late June.
24 April 2007 - The Templar Revelation 10th Anniversary editionLynn and Clive are extremely proud at the launch (in the UK only) of the tenth anniversary edition of their most influential book, The Templar Revelation. It is very much a cause of celebration: not only has the book remained in print for a decade, but the new edition, sporting a striking redesigned cover, includes an extensive 50-page update section with the results of another ten years' research. Here's to the next ten!
18 April 2007 - Sion Revelation launched in GreecePublication of the Greek edition of The Sion Revelation, by Modern Times.
31 March 2007 - Mary Magdalene launched in RussiaThe Russian translation of Lynn's Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess has been published by Eksmo of Moscow.
11 April 2007 - Sion in RomaniaThe Romanian translation of The Sion Revelation is now available, published by Rao.
28 March 2007 - Radio AlchymyLynn and Clive appeared on the Radio Alchymy show, hosted by Eben Rey, broadcast on southern California’s KPFK Pacifica Radio. The two-hour discussion focussed on The Stargate Conspiracy but also ranged over most of their other books. Thanks to Eben for a delightful and enjoyable time.
22 March 2007 - Back to SchoolLynn was delighted to be invited to speak to the sixth form of Rickmansworth School on ‘The Da Vinci Code’, as part of their Religion and the Media RE day. The audience was lively, very bright and hugely enthusiastic - and question time buzzed with intelligent insights. The other speakers were Elena Curti, Deputy Editor of the Catholic paper The Tablet, and Guardian journalist Riazat Butt, who discussed Islam and the media. Thanks to RE teacher Paul Nemeth for the invitation and for making the day such a success.
21 March 2007 - Sion in SpainThe Spanish translation of The Sion Revelation (La Revelación de Sión) is now available, published by Martínez Roca.
13 March 2007 - American Shroud launchThe official launch day in the USA of the new, extensively revised and updated The Turin Shroud: How Da Vinci Fooled History (a slightly different title from the UK edition), published by Touchstone. The new edition presents new and conclusive evidence of Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement with the Shroud, in the shape of the extraordinary precision of the match between the face of the man on the Shroud and Leonardo’s painting Salvator Mundi. The perfection of the fit goes far beyond coincidence and establishes a direct and intimate connection between Leonardo and the Shroud, the implications of which are explored in the book.
To see the match for yourself, click on the links below. The first superimposes the Shroud face, and the second a portrait painted from the Shroud by Ariel Aggemian in the 1930s, onto the Salvator Mundi. (The links run Windows Media Video files, which are best viewed full screen. They may take some time to load, so please be patient.)
24 February 2007 - Lynn to speak on Mary Magdalene at Dublin and London conferencesLynn is delighted to have been invited by Celtic Mystical Journeys to talk on Mary Magdalene at their ‘Awaken the Divine Feminine’ conferences being held in Dublin and London in October. The Dublin conference is on 13-14 October, and London the following weekend, 20-21 October. Other speakers at what promise to be inspirational gatherings include Margaret Starbird, Finbarr Ross (Celtic Mystical Journey’s founder and organiser of the conferences), Ki Longfellow, Siobhán Houston and Kathleen McGowan, among many others. For full details see www.celticmysticaljourneys.com.
15 February 2007 - Czech Shroud salePrague publishers Beta have signed the rights for a Czech translation of Turin Shroud. Details of the publication date will follow when known.
28 January 2007 - An apology for Satan?After getting up at an ungodly hour to do a telephone interview with the Austin, Texas radio station GCM Live, on The Secret History of Lucifer, Lynn was outraged to have her work described on air by host John Conner as 'an apology for Satan'. As the half hour progressed it was obvious that the programme had a solidly Christian Right agenda. Having heard her book - and herself - misrepresented in the most extreme language for the umpteenth time, and with just a few minutes to go, Lynn put the phone down on him and the listeners - hating to be unprofessional but realising that she had no option. Never to be repeated!
23 January 2007 - The Holy Grail ConferenceLynn and Clive are to appear at the Holy Grail Conference to be held in Glastonbury, UK, on the weekend of 7-8 June 2007. Organised by the International Order of Gnostic Templars, other advertised speakers include Henry Lincoln, Andrew Sinclair, Christopher Knight and Mark Amaru Pinkham. For more details, and to book for the conference, see www.iogtconferences.com.
1 December 2006 - Heroes of HeraLynn and Clive's interview on their latest discovery linking the Salvator Mundi of Leonardo da Vinci with the Turin Shroud appears in the current issue of the Italian esoteric magazine Hera. Thanks to Hera's Executive Editor Adriano Forgione.
30 November 2006 - Raider of the Lost ArkFirst broadcast, in Canada, of the documentary 'Ark of the Covenant', part of the Legend Hunters series from Escape + Travel Channel (formerly CTV Travel). The film follows Graham Phillips' search for the Ark, and includes an interview with Lynn and Clive about the Knights Templar. Further broadcasts outside Canada are planned for the near future.
30 November 2006 - Light and SoundThe latest edition of Light, the journal of the College of Psychic Studies, features an article by Lynn and Clive about their latest discoveries linking Leonardo da Vinci to the Turin Shroud.
Also available from the College are audio tapes of Lynn and Clive's lecture on 'The Real Da Vinci Code', given in May.
For more information, and to order copies of the journal and tape, see the College's web site, www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk.
11-12 November 2006 - Saunière in ScotlandSaunière Society symposium at Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith, Scotland. Lynn and Clive gave their talk on the Turin Shroud at the particularly wide-ranging and stimulating weekend. The speakers included ex-MI5 whistleblowers David Shayler and Annie Machon on several conspiracies, particularly those allegedly surrounding the events of 9/11; Judith Anne Brown, talking about the work of her father, New Testament scholar John Allegro; TV historian Andrew Moffat, and Andrew Sinclair. Continuing the tradition, the symposium ended with a visit to Rosslyn Chapel on the Monday morning, followed by a convivial lunch at the Rosslyn Arms Hotel.
28 October 2006 - Happy Anniversary, QuestCon!Lynn and Clive's talk at QuestCon 2006, the annual event organised and hosted by Andrew Collins, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. A fascinating day, the general consensus was that it was one of the best QuestCons ever! Lynn and Clive spoke on three of their closely related books: Turin Shroud: How Leonardo Da Vinci Fooled History, The Templar Revelation, and The Sion Revelation. Other speakers included Greg Little on the Bimini Road, Geoff Stray on the countdown to 2012, Anthony Murphy on Newgrange and Andrew himself on his new book The Cygnus Mystery.
16 October 2006 - On a TV Screen Near YouRelease of The Da Vinci Code DVD, featuring those cameos…
14 October 2006 - South Coast SymposiumSaunière Society symposium, Folkestone. Lynn and Clive described the events that led to their major discovery about da Vinci and the Turin Shroud. Other speakers included Ralph Ellis on 'From Cleopatra to Christ' and Andrew Sinclair on '4000 years of the Bull Cult'.
13 October 2006 - Japanese Love Affair with Leonardo ContinuesLynn and Clive's work on the Turin Shroud was featured in a Japanese TV documentary about The Da Vinci Code made by Media Busters in Tokyo.
12 October 2006 - Portuguese SionThe Portuguese translation of The Sion Revelation (O Segredo de Sião) is now available - and already in its second edition!
4 October 2006 - Small but PerfectLaunch in France of J'ai Lu's pocket edition of The Stargate Conspiracy (La porte des étoiles).
30 September 2006 - Lucifer in JapanLynn's The Secret History of Lucifer has been launched in Japan.
21 September 2006 - Spanish ShroudThe new edition of Turin Shroud had been bought by Martinez Roca in Spain, Lynn and Clive are pleased to announce.
21 September 2006 - The Sion Revelation Launched in ItalyThe first foreign-language edition of The Sion Revelation has been published in Italy by Sperling and Kupfer Editori, under the title La missione del Priorato di Sion.
13 September 2006 - Greek MysteriesAn interview with Lynn and Clive, covering various issues raised by The Templar Revelation and The Da Vinci Code, is featured on the Greek web site Mysteries (mysteries.b2w.gr).
12 September 2006 - Serbian SalesRights to both Turin Shroud and The Sion Revelation in Serbia have been bought by Alnari.
15 August 2006 - New Saunière Society Lecture DatesAs always, Lynn and Clive are delighted to have been invited by the Saunière Society to speak at their two Autumn symposia, this time on the subject of 'Leonardo da Vinci and the Turin Shroud'. The first is on Saturday, 14 October at Newington Village Hall, Folkestone, the other speakers including Henry Lincoln, Rat Scabies and Andrew Sinclair, and the second is on the weekend of 11-12 November at Newbattle Abbey near Edinburgh, where the other speakers include Henry Lincoln, former Rosslyn Chapel curator Judith Fiskin and Dr Hugh Thomas, author of two books on Rudolf Hess, among others. For full details and to book for both events, see www.sauniere-society.org.
12 August 2006 - Congratulations!Lynn and Clive's friend and frequent co-researcher from the very beginning of their joint career, Craig Oakley, married Rachel Moon. Lynn was delighted to be asked to read ee cummings' 'I Carry Your Heart With Me'. Congratulations and best wishes to Rachel and Craig for a long and happy life!
28 July - 6 August 2006 - Rennes-le-Château RevisitedFor the first time in several years Lynn and Clive returned to the celebrated and mysterious village of Rennes-le-Château in the Languedoc, south-western France. Initially they were there for the birthday party of punk drummer-turned-Grailhunter Rat Scabies - which was, as expected, enormous fun - which was held in the priest Saunière's former garden (now a restaurant run by researcher and author Jean-Luc Robin). Lynn and Clive also took the opportunity to spend a few days catching up with developments in the village and meeting up with friends old and new - as well as Rat and his family, Henry Lincoln, documentary-makers Stewart Ferris and Katia Milani, and many other familiar faces from the Saunière Society, including Joy and John Millar (Rat's mum and dad).
26 July 2006 - The Mystery of Rennes-le-ChâteauSummersdale Productions have released a new DVD, The Mystery of Rennes-le-Château, written and presented by Stewart Ferris and produced by Katia Milani. The hour-long film features interviews with Lynn and Clive, along with other researchers including Henry Lincoln and the late Graham Simmans. This highly-recommended DVD is available on the Shop page.
25 July 2006 - Templar Revelation - A Decade OnLynn and Clive are utterly delighted that a major ambition will be fulfilled. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Templar Revelation a revised and updated edition is to be launched in the UK in Spring 2007. The new edition will include an extensive update section of exciting new discoveries from ten more years of research.
23 July 2006 - Beyond BeliefRadio 4's Beyond Belief broadcast, with Lynn discussing Mary Magdalene.
14 July 2006 - Shroud in PolandPolish rights to the new edition of Turin Shroud have been sold to Albatros.
2 July 2006 - Terminal delaysDespite the best efforts of Lynn and Clive and their agent, Jeffrey Simmons, on this side of the Atlantic and event organiser James Rishky - plus a Congressman and immigration specialist - on the other, Picknett and Prince finally had to admit defeat. Even their rescheduled talk in Portland, Oregon, for James’ The Da Vinci Series will no longer take place. Apart from inexplicable delays in processing what should have been routine paperwork, essential documents were repeatedly lost, and wrong advice and contradictory information given, leading to appointments for Lynn and Clive’s visa interviews at the US Embassy being rescheduled three times, right up to the wire. All deadlines having passed, to their great disappointment it is not now possible for them to make any of the rescheduled dates. However, Lynn and Clive are very grateful to James for his graciousness and incredibly hard work in organising and publicising the event - and hope, should the US authorities ever let them into the country, at the very least to buy him a large drink! They also sympathise with all those who bought tickets for the event.
28 June 2006 – A new SphereLynn and Clive’s UK publisher Time Warner Books have announced that – following the group’s takeover by Hachette – in September they will be changing their name to Sphere.
27 June 2006 - Beyond Belief in ManchesterLynn took part in a panel discussion on the subject of Mary Magdalene for Radio 4’s Beyond Belief at the BBC’s Manchester studios. The other panellists were author Timothy Freke (down the line from Bristol) and Biblical scholar Bridget Gilfillan Upton - the latter providing a fascinating discussion on the train back to London's Euston. The programme will be broadcast at a future date.
26 June 2006 – Fortean TimesThe July issue of Fortean Times – a special edition relating to The Da Vinci Code – has a major feature by Lynn and Clive on ‘The Real Priory of Sion’ and a page on the Turin Shroud and Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi (as well as a wonderful pastiche of da Vinci’s Last Supper by Alex Tomlinson on the cover, with various characters from the Priory of Sion story taking the place of the apostles – worth buying for that alone!).
23 June 2006 – Portland Lecture CancelledOwing to inordinate bureaucratic delays in processing the paperwork required by US Immigration, with great regret and much frustration Lynn and Clive have had to cancel their lecture in the Da Vinci Series in Portland, Oregon, that was due to take place on 28 June. They, and organiser James Rishky, hoped right to the wire that the necessary documentation would arrive. Lynn and Clive send their apologies to those who’d bought tickets to the event, but it really was due to circumstances beyond their, and the organiser’s, control. James is currently working hard to reschedule the event, hopefully within the next few weeks. See this site and davinciseries.com for updates.
20 June 2006 – Elderhostel RevisitedThe last, for this season, of Lynn and Clive’s regular evening talks to Elderhostel’s Da Vinci Code tour groups. As always, great fun.
20 June - Magdalene in BulgariaLynn was delighted to record an interview for major Bulgarian channel BTV to be included in their discussion programme on the subject of Mary Magdalene. This was something of a trailblazer for the publication of her Mary Magdalene: Christianity’s Hidden Goddess by Kragozor Publishing in autumn 2006. Thanks to Ilina at Kragozor and Eryl Humphrey Jones at Constable and Robinson for arranging the interview.
19 June 2006 – Under the RoseThe latest issue of Sub Rosa online magazine, edited by Greg Taylor of the indispensable Daily Grail web site, contains an article by Lynn and Clive on the Rennes-le-Château mystery. The magazine is free – although donations to enable it to continue are encouraged – and can be downloaded from subrosa.dailygrail.com.
15 June 2006 – Shroud in ChinaLynn and Clive are thrilled that rights to Turin Shroud in China have been bought by the Orient Publishing Center – their first translation into Chinese. Thanks to Andy Hine at Little, Brown for closing the deal.
12 June 2006 - Interview for The OregonianLynn and Clive were interviewed via the phone by Jeff Baker for The Oregonian newspaper in the lead-up to their forthcoming talk for The Da Vinci Series in Portland.
8 June 2006 – Shroud in JapanThe new, revised edition of Turin Shroud has been sold to Hakusuisha, Japanese publishers of the original 1994 edition.
1 June 2006 – La Revelación de los TemplariosMartinez Roca launched the pocket edition of the Spanish translation of The Templar Revelation, the original large-format edition having been reprinted some eleven times since 1998.
31 May 2006 - Mesmerised in Museum StreetA motley crew of artists, collectors, occultists and writers gathered at the world-famous Atlantis Bookshop in London's Museum Street to celebrate the last night of the Austin Osman Spare (1888-1956) exhibition. A wild character of extraordinary talents, his works - of differing styles over the years - still have the power to mesmerise and inspire. Thanks to the shop’s proprietors, Geraldine and Bali Beskin, for organising this splendid event.
31 May 2006 – Greek ShroudLivani, the Greek publisher of The Templar Revelation, have bought the rights to the new edition of Turin Shroud.
30 May - A venerable institutionLynn and Clive spoke on ‘The Real Da Vinci Code’, with the added bonus of the new Shroud discovery, to the venerable College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington, London to a large and apparently very appreciative audience. Thanks to Octavia Kenny for organising what was a delightful and memorable evening.
29 May 2006 – Another repeatChannel 5’s The Da Vinci Code Myth, again featuring a (heavily edited) interview with Lynn, was rebroadcast
28 May 2006 – Grail Trail againThe Southbank Show’s ‘Grail Trail’ documentary, featuring Lynn, was repeated on ITV1.
24 May 2006 – Más AlláThe Spanish magazine Más Allá carried an article by Lynn and Clive on the Da Vinci Code trial.
22 May 2006 – Radio ScotlandIn another movie tie-in, in the morning Lynn appeared on The MacAuley and Co show on Radio Scotland, describing the experience of filming the cameo. (Clive was due on as well, but was defeated by Monday morning traffic on his way to Broadcasting House, arriving breathless just as the item finished.)
20 May 2006 – Culture ShockBBC2’s Culture Show and anything that was remotely pro-Da Vinci Code was always going to be a combustible mixture - as, indeed, Lynn's appearance on 20 May proved. This was the perfect opportunity for the Arts Establishment to sneer at the world of Dan Brown and Picknett and Prince - and they seized it with both hands, although resorting to astoundingly blatant underhand tactics to do so.
When recording her interview, Lynn had repeatedly stated that she was talking about the Louvre version of Leonardo’s Madonna of the Rocks when revealing the giant phallus rearing up from the Virgin’s head to the skyline. In fact, the director, Victoria Page, promised to feature that version of the painting and not the one in London’s National Gallery, as Lynn explained that although the feature is present in both versions, it is much more noticeable in the French one. Perhaps all too predictably, however, the broadcast programme used the London version - i.e. the wrong painting - making it so much easier for presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, an art historian, to dismiss the phallus as fantasy.
Although Victoria Page claims that she has no memory of promising to feature the Louvre painting, in Lynn and Clive’s view this was deliberate misrepresentation, and as a result she has made a formal complaint to the BBC.
A&E also broadcast the Illuminating Angels and Demons documentary made by UFO Global Media (previously available as a retail DVD), which features contributions by Lynn and Clive.
19 May 2006 – Temples, Psychics and ScienceAnother new experience for Lynn and Clive as they acted as tour guides for the Elderhostel party on a visit to London’s Temple Church (the regular guide for this part of the tour not being able to make it). The Church is a major location in The Da Vinci Code, book and movie.
In the evening Lynn and Clive appeared on LBC radio’s The Psychic Show, hosted by Becky Walsh and Chris Hawkins, talking about how The Templar Revelation inspired The Da Vinci Code.
An article on Lynn and Clive’s work on the Turin Shroud, especially their groundbreaking discovery connecting Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi with the Shroud, was featured on the First Science web site (www.firstscience.com). Thanks to editor Sandrine Ceurstemont for this.
18 May 2006 – At last, THE Movie!At last - the moment of truth. Would The Da Vinci Code movie still include the scene with Lynn and Clive on the top deck of a number 11 with Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, or would their moment of fame (Lynn and Clive’s, not Tom and Audrey’s) be a thing of dust on the cutting room floor? There wasn’t a London premiere (the stars and director being in Cannes), but Lynn and Clive were invited to the next best thing, the Cast and Crew Screening in the Odeon West End in Leicester Square the night before the film went on general release. Actually so engrossed by the action, they nearly missed themselves - but yes, not only are they there, but the camera manages to give the impression they’re almost the only people on the bus apart from the principals. (Not so - the bus was packed with extras.) It was a very good moment in the history of P & P - and there was a bonus. The only real book in the movie, as opposed to those allegedly written by Robert Langdon, is Lynn’s Mary Magdalene, which Ian McKellen’s character Sir Leigh Teabing clutches close to the camera at one point.
17 May 2006 – Dan Brown’s Mentors?Items about Lynn and Clive’s cameos in The Da Vinci Code movie appeared in the Daily Express (featured with their review of the movie) and Hugo Rifkind’s People column in The Times (which described them as ‘Dan Brown’s Mentors’ – which is perhaps going a little far!).
16 May 2006 – Elderhostel EveningThe second of Lynn and Clive’s evenings lecturing to a party from Elderhostel Tours. An extremely enjoyable evening all round.
10 May 2006 – The Da Vinci DebateLynn and Clive found themselves in unfamiliar territory, at the Christian Resources Exhibition - a sort of Christian Ideal Home Exhibition, only with vestments and (non-alcoholic) communion wine instead of novelty toasters and patio furniture. Lynn was roped in for a live interview on Sky News, along with Robin Griffiths-Jones, Master of the Temple (Church). Then on to the panel discussion, where P & P were joined by Father Peter Malone, Catholic media commentator; David Couchman, evangelical theologian; the Master of the Temple, and Ruth Gledhill, Times columnist and host. All too predictable, and the audience seemed less interested in The Da Vinci Code and its implications than in grabbing the mic to bear their Christian testimony. Still, it was good practice!
9 May 2006 – Speaking Up for LeonardoLynn was filmed for an item on Leonardo da Vinci in the BBC’s Culture Show – tied in to The Da Vinci Code movie release – which is to be broadcast on 20 May.
2 May 2006 – Hunting a LegendJust to prove there really is no rest for the wicked, while at Coombe Abbey Lynn and Clive were filmed with Graham Phillips for a documentary on his search for the Ark of the Covenant, a programme in the Legend Hunters series to be broadcast on the Travel Channel in the autumn.
1 May 2006 – The Alchemical WeddingA May Day to remember - off to the remarkable country house hotel, Coombe Abbey near Coventry, to participate in the extraordinary wedding of close friends Deborah Benstead and Yvan Cartwright. Meticulously and lovingly planned to the last minute detail, it took the form of a re-enactment of the marriage of James I’s daughter Elizabeth to Frederick V of Bohemia in 1613 - a true Rosicrucian-alchemical wedding, celebrating the magical and universal balance of male and female energies. With jewels and feathers in her hair, and a version of Princess Elizabeth’s dress - complete with bustle, train and embroidered Rosy-cross on her bodice - Debbie was a spectacularly beautiful and striking bride, and Yvan most dashing in flared gold floor-length coat, the design based on a 17th-century hunting coat. The ceremony was presided over by author Graham Phillips, with ringing voice and commanding presence, and erudite esotericist Paul Weston. Lynn was Chief Bridesmaid (in shimmery moon-coloured silver), representing the element of Air (which traditionally rules the art of writing), and Clive, as her escort and one of the witnesses, wore a black floor-length coat of the same design as the groom’s. The audience of friends and family were utterly rapt as this exceptional event unfolded. Lynn read ‘What is Love?’ by Krishnamurti at the civil ceremony, before the day exploded into jollity with a medieval banquet and a disco. We wish Debbie and Yvan a happy life together!
30 April 2006 – Sunday in OregonLynn and Clive’s appearance on The Sunday Magazine broadcast on the five Clear Radio Stations in Portland, Oregon. The station is also streamed live on www.1190KEX.com.
29 April 2006 - UnconventionalLynn and Clive opened the annual Fortean Times Unconvention, with their talk on the ‘Priory of Sion: The Facts and the Fiction’ and a mini-presentation of their big Shroud discovery.
27 April 2006 – Reuters RevealLynn and Clive were interviewed by Reuters TV on their discovery about Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi and the Turin Shroud, for general syndication.
24 April 2006 – Da Vinci’s CodeThe documentary Da Vinci’s Code, featuring appearances by Lynn and Clive, broadcast in the USA on the National Geographic Channel. (Details of broadcasts outside the US to follow.)
23 April 2006 – Bestseller cynicism?Clive appeared on BBC WM in Birmingham’s Sunday Breakfast Show hosted by Robert Beckford, in a debate about the issues raised by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon criticising the ‘cynicism’ of books such as The Da Vinci Code. The other contributors were novelist Michael Dobbs, author of House of Cards and a series of novels on Winston Churchill (something of a buzz, as he’s one of Clive’s favourites), Claire McDonald from Opus Dei and the Muslim commentator Abid Baig.
21 April 2006 – More Oregon RadioLynn and Clive recorded second radio interview to promote the Da Vinci Series, this time with Mike Phillips of The Sunday Magazine, on the five Clear Channel Radio Stations in Portland, Oregon (1190KEX, 620KPOJ, K-103, KIJZ and Z-100). It will be broadcast on Sunday, 30April at 6.30 PDT – it’s also being streamed at www.1190KEX.com.
19 April 2006 – Kink FMUS radio interview promoting the Da Vinci Series of lectures - for which Lynn and Clive will be speaking in June - with Inessa at Oregon’s Kink FM.
19 April 2006 - MetroArticle in the London Metro on Lynn and Clive's new discovery about Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi and the Turin Shroud. Strangely, and disappointingly, though, no mention of the actual book!
12 April 2006 – The Masks of Christ, USThe Masks of Christ has been signed in America by Touchstone (the imprint of Simon and Schuster that publishes The Templar Revelation and The Sion Revelation), Lynn and Clive are pleased to announce.
10 April 2006 – Big BiteAppearance on Eire’s The Big Bite (RTÉ), on a discussion panel about The Da Vinci Code weighted somewhat in favour of the Catholic Church - Catholic priest, journalist and theologian! - but Lynn and Clive did more than hold their own.
9 April 2006 – Saunière SocietyLynn and Clive gave a talk on the Priory of Sion to the Saunière Society, rounded off with a short presentation about their new discovery that links Leonardo da Vinci once and for all with the Shroud of Turin - which prompted a spontaneous burst of applause. The conference was held at Newbattle Abbey College near Edinburgh - very picturesque, although it's easy to forget how basic student accommodation can be! Other speakers included Henry Lincoln (under siege from reporters desperate for his view of the verdict of the Da Vinci Code trial) and Rat Scabies (Chris Millar), formerly drummer of punk band The Damned, and now a self-styled 'Grail hunter'.
7 April 2006 – Judgement DayAt last it was Judgement day in The Da Vinci Code trial: Mr Justice Peter Smith resoundingly dismissing Baigent and Leigh’s case with the momentous words: 'The claimants' claim fails'. There was no copyright infringement. The media sensation – and the many references to The Templar Revelation as the ‘third book’ in the case - led to appearances by Lynn and Clive on Good Morning America and Sky News to discuss the verdict. The media scrum on the steps of the High Court when claimant Richard Leigh appeared unexpectedly (his own barrister seemed to have no idea he was even in the building) was terrifying.
6 April 2006 – The Big Shroud Discovery Goes PublicPublication of the revised Turin Shroud – How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History in the UK, an event Lynn and Clive had hardly dared hope for, for several years. They celebrated with friends and colleagues at a launch party the night before at their favourite venue, the Irish pub/restaurant the O'Conor Don in Marylebone Lane, central London. Lynn and Clive presented a short show of moving images proving that da Vinci's painting The Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) matches exactly with the image of the man on the Shroud (as seen in the 1935 painting taken from the Shroud by Ariel Aggemian, see left of picture). Lynn and Clive were especially delighted that Keith Prince was among the guests, as his insight and hard, hands-on work in replicating the Shroud characteristics in the early 1990s was absolutely critical to the book's success.
1 April 2006 – Lynn and Clive to Speak at Questing ConferenceLynn and Clive were confirmed for Andrew Collins’ annual Questing Conference, on 28 October. Always one of the highlights of the year, the 'QuestCon' is a unique forum for new, exciting ideas, sometimes off-the-wall but always challenging - and never dull!
31 March 2006 - Return to RILKOTalk on ‘The Real Priory of Sion’ to the Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation (RILKO), in South Kensington, London. Thanks to Robert Harris and Rob Stevenson for this enjoyable return date among old friends.
28 March 2006 - A Room in BloomsburyThe first of Lynn and Clive's series of evening talks to members of the American Elderhostel tour of senior travellers, here as part of whistle-stop tour of Da Vinci Code sites. Lynn and Clive gave two talks, the first on The Real Priory of Sion, then, after an enjoyable dinner, The Secret World of Leonardo da Vinci. Although a few of the guests found the revelation of his reverence for John the Baptist as superior to Jesus rather strong stuff, most of the audience were stimulated and fascinated, giving glowing feedback. The evening took place at the Kenilworth Hotel, near the British Museum, in Bloomsbury, central London.
21 March 2006 – Templar Revelation to be re-launched in BrazilPlaneta Brasil are to bring out a new edition of The Templar Revelation in Brazil.
17 & 20 March 2006 – The Sensational Da Vinci Code Trial EndsLynn and Clive were in a packed Court 61 to hear the closing submissions by both sides. Judge Peter Smith reserved judgement, to be delivered before Easter.
16 March 2006 – Lynn and Clive to Speak at Fortean Times UnconventionLynn and Clive have been confirmed for the annual Fortean Times Unconvention on the weekend of 29-30 April. They will be giving a presentation on The Priory of Sion: The Facts and the Fiction.
13-15 March 2006 – Dan Brown in the BoxAs the High Court case continued, Lynn and Clive were again in Court 61, this time for Dan Brown’s cross-examination by Baigent and Leigh’s QC. In his witness statement, and under cross-examination, a remarkably self-possessed and courteous Dan Brown stated that it was, in fact, The Templar Revelation that was his major inspiration for The Da Vinci Code. This resulted in a much media attention to the book, The Times featuring its front cover in an article on 15 March.
14 March 2006 – Gaston College RoundtableClive did an hour-long live interview on Gaston College Roundtable, station WSGE-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina, 'down the line' on The Sion Revelation.
11 March 2006 – Saunière SocietyClive gave a lecture on the Priory of Sion to the Saunière Society’s conference in Folkestone. Unfortunately Lynn was still unwell and wasn’t able to appear.
7-10 March 2006 – Da Vinci Code Trial ContinuedLynn and Clive were back in the High Court as the Da Vinci Code trial resumed (although Lynn missed the last couple of days as she was unwell). Most of the four days were devoted to the cross-examination of Michael Baigent, who endured three and a half days of searching, 'forensic' questions by the defence’s barrister, Mr John Baldwin QC - an unenviable situation and a sorry spectacle. Richard Leigh was also cross-examined, although only for a couple of hours. A pleasant surprise was meeting Javier Sierra, author of The Secret Supper – a novel also based on the hidden heresy in Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, which has been a huge success in Javier’s native Spain, and just published in the UK and USA. Javier was in London promoting The Secret Supper and couldn’t miss the chance to see the courtroom drama. Dan Brown and Javier Sierra in one tiny courtroom!
1 March 2006 – Sion in BulgariaBulgarian rights to The Sion Revelation sold to the Bard Publishing House.
March 2006 – Russian Edition of ShroudRussian translation of Turin Shroud published, by Eskmo. (A translation of the 2000 revised edition.)
27-28 February 2006 – Da Vinci on TrialStart of the High Court case brought by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, two of the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, against Random House, UK publishers of The Da Vinci Code – a case with important implications for all writers. Brown, Baigent and Leigh were present, together with top representatives of Random House. Lynn and Clive were also in the courtroom to follow proceedings at first hand, having successfully fought the media scrum for seats in the small and stuffy modern Court 61 - soon discovering that the proceedings were curiously addictive. The first two days were taken up with opening submissions and wrangling over procedural matters, before the judge, Peter Smith, adjourned for a week to give him the chance to read all the books involved – not just The Holy Blood and The Da Vinci Code, but the other books Brown used as source material, including The Templar Revelation.
28 February 2006 – Lucifer Returns, USAUS release of the paperback edition of Lynn’s The Secret History of Lucifer, by Carrol and Graf.
28 February 2006 – More American RadioContinuing promotion for The Sion Revelation in the States: Lynn and Clive were interviewed on the Morning Show, radio KDTR-FM, in Missoula MT and AM Kansas City, KCMO. They also taped an interview with Charles Campbell on Success Talk Radio, WISW-AM in Columbia SC.
27 February 2006 – Sion in HungaryHungarian rights to The Sion Revelation sold, to Goldbook.
22 February 2006 – The New BookLynn and Clive are absolutely thrilled to announce that they have signed with Time Warner Books in the UK for their next book, provisionally entitled The Masks of Christ. Due to be completed in the summer of next year, it will probably be published in 2008. Thanks to their agent, Jeffrey Simmons, for closing the deal.
20-21 February 2006 - EireAnother crack-of-dawn start for the publicity tour (for The Sion Revelation) of Eire. Interviewed by the Sunday Independent, Sunday Tribune and Film Ireland magazine, all of which seemed to go well, despite very well-informed and searching questions. The interviews were conducted in the most civilised surroundings, the sumptuous coffee lounge of the Merrion Hotel, three Regency houses knocked together opposite the Irish Parliament in the centre of Dublin. Also rather wide-ranging interviews on Spin Radio and Northern Sound Radio - the discussion opened out into the vexed question of Church cover-ups, always a preoccupation in Ireland. This was followed by a magnificent steak at the Mermaid restaurant, James Street. Unfortunately their appearance on the Gerry Ryan show on RTÉ Radio next morning was cancelled at the last minute (that’s show business!). However, the unexpected free morning gave them the opportunity to visit the memorial to the Magdalene laundresses and their children - a park bench with brass plaque reading 'Reflect here upon their lives' - in St Stephen’s Park. It seemed such a small memorial for such a massive scandal. So much human agony and terror encapsulated in those simple words. (For details see the first chapter of Lynn's Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess.)
18 February 2006 – Coast to CoastLynn and Clive got up heroically early at 3.30 am for a three-hour appearance about The Sion Revelation with Ian Punnett on US’s Coast to Coast AM. For those who missed it, the show can be downloaded from www.coasttocoastam.com/gen/page1296.html.
16 February 2006 – A Whale of a TimeAn hour-long appearance on The James Whale Show on Talksport radio, 11am to midnight UK time, talking about The Sion Revelation. James and Lynn and Clive go back a long way - Lynn especially, as she used to be a regular contributor to phone-ins for Talk Radio. Both were very amused by the cross-talk between James and his producer, Adam Webb - and, leaving at around midnight, bumped into the 60s' sensation, the Hollies. Bizarrely, Lynn's cab home was struck hard on the windscreen by a football, but fortunately the driver's reflexes were robust and no harm was done.
16 February 2006 – Da Vinci SeriesLynn and Clive are thrilled to have been invited to appear in the Da Vinci Series of lectures in Portland, Oregon. Speaking on the secret societies featured in The Da Vinci Code, theirs is the third of the three weekly lectures in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, on 28 June 2006 (the others being by Elaine Pagels, author of the classic The Gnostic Gospels and art historian Jeannine O’Grody). Thanks to organiser James Rishky for arranging this. For more details, see davinciseries.com.
15 February 2006 – Cable TalkLynn and Clive appeared on Cable Talk, hosted by Jack Roberts, on America’s Cable Radio Network, talking about The Sion Revelation.
12 February 2006 – Losing FaithLynn and Clive’s appearance on BBC Radio Suffolk’s The Faith Programme was cancelled at the last minute because of a breaking local news story. Sitting with headphones on in an almost completely empty Broadcasting House before returning home, mission unaccomplished, was not the ideal way to spend a cold and wet early Sunday morning.
10 February 2006 – Radio Tour of UKVarious promotional appearances on UK radio: Annie Othen Programme, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire; John Uphoff Show, BBC Radio Jersey; Jerry Scott Show, BBC Radio York - at last! For some reason Lynn has always been ignored by the media of her home city - John Turner Show, BBC Radio Bristol (taped for later broadcast). Thanks for Jenny Fry at Time Warner for organising this.
7 February 2006 – Sion Launched, USAOfficial launch of The Sion Revelation in USA.
6 February 2006 – Two PortlandsTapied interviews for Morning Show, WMGX-FM Portland (ME), and KEX Morning Update, KEX-AM Portland (OR).
5 February 2006 – Conversations with Peter SolomonInterviewed on Conversations with Peter Solomon, WIP-AM Philadelphia (PA).
3 February 2006 – Philadelphia and MilwaukeeInterviewed on the Joe Thomas Show, WCOJ-AM Philadelphia (PA). (Also taped interview for the Morning Show with Greg Berg,WGTD-FM Milwaukee, to be broadcast late next week.)
2 February 2006 – Corpus Christi and PhiladelphiaInterviewed on the Eric Von Wade Show, KEYS-AM Corpus Christi TX. (Also taped broadcast for Morning Report, KYW-AM Philadelphia PA.)
2 February 2006 – Sion Launched!Official launch of The Sion Revelation in UK.
31 January 2006 – Sion in RomaniaRomanian rights to The Sion Revelation sold, to RAO, one of Romania’s biggest publishers. Details of publication date, etc, to follow.
31 January 2006 – Breakfast in MinneapolisLynn and Clive interviewed on The Breakfast Show on Minneapolis’ WFMP-FM radio.
30 January 2006 – More US RadioSion Revelation US radio promotion appearances on Daybreak USA (USA Network national radio), and The Morning Zone (KGAB-AM Cheyenne-Denver WY). (Also taped interview for Gattine and Franz Show, WDST-FM, Albany, NY.)
29 January 2006 – Express Delivery!A three-page article by Lynn and Clive appeared in the Sunday Express Review, ‘The real dangerous secret of The Da Vinci Code’, which also featured a very small picture of them and a very large picture of Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou from the movie of The Da Vinci Code (see picture). Perhaps it was at last tacit acknowledgement of Picknett and Prince's central role in the whole Da Vinci Code story - or on the other hand, just a good picture?
27 January 2006 – More American RadioRadio appearances promoting The Sion Revelation on the Morning Show on WOCM-FM (Ocean City, MD) and Drive Time on WKCT-AM (Bowling Green-Nashville). Thanks to Lisa Sciambra at Simon & Schuster and Carly Nyman Fauth at Newman Communications for organising this.
26 January 2006 – Station to StationAmerican publicity for The Sion Revelation kicked off with a coast-to-coast morning radio ‘tour’, taking in 16 stations throughout the day (including some pre-records for later broadcast). Cities included Chicago, Boston, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee and San Francisco - exhausting, but large glasses of water, glucose tablets and adrenaline gave it a real buzz! Thanks to Lisa Sciambra at Simon & Schuster, and Christina Reilly and Liz Titone at Auric Communications Group, for organising this.
26 January 2006 – Lucifer ReturnsThe paperback edition of Lynn’s The Secret History of Lucifer has been released in the UK, by Constable.
25 January 2006 – Temple FilmingOn a bitterly cold day Lynn and Clive filmed interviews at the Temple Church in London for a documentary linked to Dan Burstein’s Secrets of the Code. Convoluted systems for granting the crew permission to film nearly scuppered the shoot, but all was well in the end.
January 2006 – Russian RevelationRussian translation of The Templar Revelation published by Moscow’s Eskmo Publishers.
12 December 2005 – Elderhostel ToursLynn and Clive are delighted to announce that they have agreed with Elderhostel, the educational tour company for the over-55s, to lecture on the London leg of their Da Vinci Code tour programme throughout 2006. For details see elderhostel.org. Thanks to the highly efficient and congenial Dawn Kelly at Elderhostel for this opportunity.
7 December 2005 – Shroud in AmericaLynn and Clive are delighted to announce that Touchstone (the imprint of Simon & Schuster that publishes The Templar Revelation and The Sion Revelation) are to publish the American edition of the revised Turin Shroud, although it won't be released until some time in 2007.
6 December 2005 – More Sion SalesThe Sion Revelation has been sold in Poland (to Albatross) and Greece (Modern Times).
4 December 2005 – Talk at Theosophical SocietyLynn and Clive gave their talk ‘The Real Da Vinci Code’ to a packed audience at the Theosophical Society, at its London headquarters in Gloucester Place. They were especially delighted to have Keith Prince and their friend Debbie Benstead in the audience.
4 December 2005 – Declassified AgainThe documentary Da Vinci Declassified, featuring interviews with Lynn and Clive, broadcast in the UK on the Discovery Channel.
30 November 2005 – Turkish TemplarTurkish rights to The Templar Revelation have been sold, to Neden Kitap.
29 November 2005 – Making MythsBroadcast of Channel 5’s The Da Vinci Code Myth, featuring Lynn. Unfortunately her responses to the more sceptical questions were edited out.
29 November 2005 – Sion in PortugalPortuguese rights to The Sion Revelation sold to Publicacoes Europa-America (publishers of The Templar Revelation). No details yet on when the translation will be available, but it will probably be in about a year.
11 November 2005 – More Camera ActionLynn and Clive were interviewed for National Geographic Channel documentary on The Da Vinci Code at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel in Leicester Square, central London. While filming them walking in the square, the camera man suddenly got very excited by the appearance of none other than Ozzy Osbourne in shot!
6 November 2006 – German Shroud ReissueLübbe have re-launched the German edition of Turin Shroud (Die Jesus-Fälschung) – unfortunately a straight reprint of the 1994 edition, with none of the more up-to-date material.
3 November 2005 – Sion in ItalyItalian rights to The Sion Revelation have been sold, to Sperling & Kupfer (publishers of Lynn and Clive's other books in Italy).
2 November 2005 – Another Da Vinci Code DocumentaryLynn was interviewed in the rather grand library at the Travellers' Club, Pall Mall, London, for a forthcoming documentary for Channel 5 about The Da Vinci Code, to be broadcast later this month.
30 October 2005 – Da Vinci DeclassifiedThe Learning Channel’s Da Vinci Declassified, featuring interviews with Lynn and Clive, screened in the USA. (Dates of the international broadcast on the Discovery networks have yet to be confirmed).
24 October 2005 – Italian paperback Double StandardsItalian paperback edition of Double Standards (Il Caso Rudolf Hess) published by Sperling & Kupfer.
16 October 2005 – Sion in SpainSpanish rights to The Sion Revelation have been sold to Martinez Roca (Spanish publishers of The Templar Revelation and Turin Shroud).
14 October 2005 – Brazilian SalesBrazilian rights to Turin Shroud and The Sion Revelation have been sold to Record.
6 October 2005 – Sion in RussiaRussian rights to The Sion Revelation have been sold to AST, Russian publishers of The Da Vinci Code.
1-2 October 2005 – Weekend in WigtownLynn and Clive appeared as part of the annual Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland, which also featured many other authors including Kate Adie, Max Arthur and George Galloway. They gave two lectures, one on Friendly Fire (in a whisky distillery in Bladnoch – a first!) and the last one of the festival, in a packed hall at the library, on 'The real Da Vinci Code’. A curious place in the wilds of the Galloway peninsula, Wigtown boasted a peculiar plethora of bookshops - second-hand, rare and other bibliophilic specialities - plus an excellent, if idiosyncratic clubroom for speakers, at which lobster and delicious home-made sweets were generously served, even on the morning after a excessive night before. Thanks to festival organiser Finn McCreath for arranging the visit to Wigtown.
27 September 2005 – Angels and DemonsRelease of the DVD Illuminating Angels and Demons, the film companion to Simon Cox’s unauthorised guide to Dan Brown’s first Robert Langdon novel, released in the USA (with UK distribution), featuring interviews with Lynn and Clive about the Illuminati and other related subjects.
25 September 2005 – Lynn on the Grail TrailBroadcast of ITV1’s The Southbank Show’s ‘The Grail Trail’, featuring Lynn. The film followed three Da Vinci Code enthusiasts around key locations in Europe, meeting and quizzing experts on the subjects dealt with in Dan Brown’s novel. After a nightmare journey on Eurostar that was three hours late in reaching Paris and in searing heat, Lynn was filmed in the magnificent Château de Villette, which features in The Da Vinci Code. The night in the Hotel Delavigne was enlivened by the fire alarm going off twice. Thanks to ITV director Matt Cain and the château's manager, Andrew Ryan, for making this trip so enjoyable and memorable.
17 September 2005 – A Day to RememberThe long-awaited Big Day... Lynn and Clive filmed their cameo appearance in The Da Vinci Code movie. Off to an inauspicious start at the crack of a very cold morning on location at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London when they were mistakenly taken to be mere extras (the very idea!). A quick word of explanation - Dan Brown and Ron Howard both thought it was a good joke to have the British authors who inspired so much of The Da Vinci Code lurking anonymously in a scene of the movie - and they were taken to their own trailer, and kept informed of what was happening by one of the Assistant Directors. The big scene involved sitting on the top deck of a number 11 bus immediately behind Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, and even taking a bit of direction (just reacting to what was going on). The scene involved the bus driving round and round the same circuit of City of London streets about 50 times, a cavalcade of police motorbikes and cars ushering it through red lights. In between takes, Lynn and Clive got the chance to chat to Mr Hanks, who was very sharp-witted, funny and kind, and Ron Howard, who is utterly devoid of airs and graces and was a delight. On being given a signed copy of The Templar Revelation Tom waved it at the fans on the pavement, mouthing 'Buy this book!' Then, the cherry on the cake, Lynn explained to him that it was Clive's birthday, at which Tom immediately led cast and crew in singing 'Happy Birthday, to you...' It doesn't get much better than that! Perhaps if there's a category for Oscar for 'Best Performance for People Sitting Behind Tom Hanks on a Bus'... Thanks to Toby Hefferman, Talley Singer and Ron Howard, who - despite their incredible workload - had done so much to make this dream come true.
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