The Davinci Code was written in 2003 by Dan Brown and was turned into a movie in 2006. The book is a worldwide bestseller that has sold over 80 million copies and has been translated into at least 44 languages. That makes it, the 2nd biggest selling novel of the 21st century in any language. It combines the detective, thriller, and conspiracy fiction genres. In 2004, a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations was published. It has been extensively denounced by many Christian denominations as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracy.
It follows a symbologist Robert Langdon and the murdered man’s granddaughter ...view middle of the document...
The ultimate solution is found to be intimately connected with the possible location of the Holy Grail.
But it is not the Holy Grail everyone has heard of, it is really Jesus’ bloodline, which was continued through Mary Magdalene. This bloodline is protected by a mysterious society called the Priority of Sion, which was originally the Knights Templar. They soon learn that Sophie’s grandfather was one of the prominent members of this society, and even the Grand Master of the society. His involvement in this society seems to be directly related to his murder.
The Captain of the Central Directorate Judicial Police believes that Langdon is the prime suspect for this murder due to the fact that he was supposed to meet with Jacques shortly before he was killed. Sophie is a police cryptographer who is also investigating her grandfather’s death, and she quickly gains Langdon’s trust and helps him to escape. Together, they decode the cipher next to his body, which leads to a second set of clues behind Da Vinci’s famous painting Madonna of the Yarnwinder. They find a key behind it as well as an address and symbols of the Priority of Sion. The key opens a safe deposit box at the Paris branch of the Depository Bank of Zurich. The account number is a 10-digit number listing the digits of the first eight Fibonacci numbers which are: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, and 21. Inside the safe deposit box they find a cryptex, which was invented by Leonardo Da Vinci in order to transport messages safely. A combination is entered to open it, and if it is forced open a hidden vial of vinegar is ruptured, destroying the message. This only works when the message is written on papyrus though. The box containing the cryptex contains clues to the combination that are written in backwards script, the same as Da Vinci’s journals.
Jacques told the Priority of Sion’s scripted lie to Silas while he was held at gunpoint. The lie states that the keystone is buried in the Church of Saint-Sulpice beneath an obelisk that lies directly on the Rose Line; the original Prime Meridian. The message here really contains a passage from the Book of Job, which states “Hitherto shalt thou go and no further.”
Langdon and Sophie take the real keystone to Sir Leigh Teabing, who is a Holy Grail expert as well as Langdon’s friend. With him they flee the country, going to England on Teabing’s private plane. On the plane, they discover how to open the cryptex, only to find that it contains another, smaller one. The riddle to this cryptex says to seek the orb that should be on the tomb of "a knight a pope interred.” This is a reference to the tomb of Sir Isaac Newton, who is buried in Westminster Abbey.
We soon find out that Teabing is the Teacher that hired Silas to kill Jacques and on the identities of the leaders of the Priority of Sion and bugged their offices as well as killing them. Teabing also contacted Bishop Aringarosa, and tricked him into financing the plan to find the Grail. This was to...