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de-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code [Paperback]

Amy Welborn
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April 1 2004
De-Coding Da Vinci is a handy, thorough, yet easy-to-read resource that can help readers understand the difference between fact and fiction in the best-selling novel by Dan Brown.

De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code addresses the misrepresentation of history, religion and art in The Da Vinci Code. Did Leonardo actually build these codes into his paintings? Was the Priory of Sion a real organization? Is the Holy Grail really, as he says, Mary Magdalene's womb and now her bones, and not the Last Supper cup? Is Opus Dei really what The Da Vinci Code says it is? What was Constantine's true role in early Christianity? Was Jesus human or divine or both? Was He married to Mary Magdalene? Do secret writings not in the Bible really contain truths about Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the sacred feminine?

Complete with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading in every chapter, this is the perfect book to accurately answer questions as well as inspire further conversation. It can be used either as a personal resource to expand one's knowledge of the issues raised by The Da Vinci Code or to lead a discussion for a book club, a church group or to discuss with friends who've read the book and have questions that need to be answered.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little critique of DA VINCI June 18 2004
I read DA VINCI at the urging of a friend at work, and was familiar enough with history to recognize it for the outrageous fraud that it is, but I was most pleased to pick up Welborn's little book and find so much in it that I didn't know. Her discussion of the "deal" that writers of historical fiction implicitly make with their readers was especially interesting. It's an effective refutation of Brown's own disclaimer, "It's only a novel," to those people impolite enough to question his grievous historical errors.
Brown, though he strenuously protests that his book is based on careful research, gets easily discoverable facts completely wrong, or simply makes them up. He has a deeply anti-Catholic agenda, too, because his errors and distortions seem designed to wreak maximum damage on the Church.
All in all, DA VINCI is preposterous, and Welborn does a great job of blowing the boat out of the water, and teaching some fascinating history besides. Great stuff.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I also want my two hours back June 16 2004
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The book is written in a very condescending manner which I found to be insulting at best. Amy Welborn does not appear to understand that Dan Brown's novel was fictional.
I struggled to finish this trite novel and I now wish I had spent my time more wisely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... June 17 2004
By A Customer
The reviewer from Huntsville evidently skipped the portions of this book in which Welborn clearly explains why she wrote her book. "The Da Vinci Code" is a novel, she writes, but the author (Dan Brown) makes claims both in the novel and on his website that the historical assertions he's making are sound. They're not. Ask any historian of any type about Jesus, Mary Magadalene and the Priory of Sion and they'll tell you it's bunk.
No, Welborn makes clear that her book is for those who don't seem to understand that the Da Vinci Code is, in fact, fiction. And there are people like that - read the reader reviews for the novel if you doubt. The point is...if you read the Da Vinci Code as a novel and enjoyed it at that novel, great. But if you left it wondering if what Dan Brown says about early Christianity was true or not - and he makes some pretty radical claims, like early Christians didn't believe Jesus was divine - then you need to pick up this great book which answers those questions clearly and succintly and gives good suggestions for deeper study.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Loose with her facts June 19 2004
By A Customer
Ms. Welborn used her facts loosely making assertions that were only one interpretation of the facts. She refutes "Leonardo's" homosexuality despite its common assumption among historians. Other glaring misintrepretations and deletions made this a worthless purchase. Very bias and did not give all the facts about the fascinating issues Dan Brown focuses interest on in his fiction novel. Surely she realizes we understand The da Vinci Code is fiction, but it did bring attention to many fascinating areas. More than I can say about this lousy rebuttal. I want my money back, Ms. Welborn!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far less than I expected. March 2 2005
There are a lot of good points in this book, unfortunately, the author does not remain very objective and takes every chance that she can to slam Dan Brown. She even gets so petty as to scold Brown for calling a document a "script" when it is in fact a "codice". Thanks for the info, Amy. Now I can sleep tonight.
I think I would have more respect for this book if it didn't seem like such a personal attack against Brown, but instead laid out the facts and counter-arguments in a non-biased and objective way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Amy Welborn! Dec 18 2004
Unlike "DaVinci's Code", this book is coherent, interesting, and well-reseaarched. The only mystery in "DaVinci's Code" is how so many can be so gullible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know art... June 25 2004
By A Customer
And Ms. Welborn's book is quite accurate on that score. The Da Vinci Code would have been laughable if the misinformation weren't so damaging to the truth about Leondardo and the nature of his art. I fear that too many - millions now, have a terrible caricature of the man all because of this silly novel.
This book offers a good, understandable introduction to the issues, and lays out how silly Brown's misreadings of Leonardo's art and his life are. We hardly know anything at all about Leonardo's (...)life, contrary to what one reviewer and Mr. Brown assert - read any of the biographies, and you find a mention of the youthful sodomy charge, as you do in this book, and then...that is all that is known. There is absolutely no basis on which to assert, as Brown does, that Leonardo was a "flamboyant (...)." It would not matter if he was, but as Ms. Welborn makes clear, there is no reason to accept Mr. Brown as an expert on art (or religious history) when he can't get these simple, well-known facts straight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy copies to give away June 15 2004
By A Customer
I have plenty of friends who read "The Da Vinci Code" and who seem to think that it describes some sort of factual, accurate history. As Welborn shows in this book, it doesn't, and it's kind of amazing how Dan Brown really didn't seem to know what he was talking about in any area, and how his publisher let all of it pass.
This book answers all the questions in a style that's very entertaining. Thanks!
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