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" . . . recommended for any library strong in Verne literary analysis as well as new age collections."--The Midwest Book Review, Sep 2007
"Mr. Lamy's grasp of the majority of the hidden meanings of Verne's writing and use of words is exceptional. . . . I believe this work would be a great addition to the library of any student of Jules Verne, Freemasonry, Rosicrucians and the Rennes-Le-Chateau aspect of the Holy Grail."--Veritas Newsletter, July 2008
"The subtitle sums up this fascinating account of Jules Verne's active participation in the occult milieu of late 19th century France and his incorporation of Masonic initiation rites into his science fiction novels. The author has spent many years researching the relationship of symbolism, sacred geography, the esoteric tradition, and 'secret' history to literature . . . Students of 19th century occultism will find this book a valuable resource."--The Beacon, Oct-Dec 2008
"To the reader who loves conspiracy and literature, this book is as thrilling as anything by Jules Verne himself. Michel Lamy has decoded not only Verne's work but a whole line of initiated fiction writers. Rennes-le-Château, the Illuminati, Dracula, and the Thule Society are a few of the ingredients of this mystery, whose keys lie in occult politics and the dark secrets of blood, death, and immortality. Lamy's work has long deserved a wider audience."--Joscelyn Godwin, professor of music, Colgate University, and author of The Real Rule of Four
"Bravo! With fresh eyes Michel Lamy insightfully connects a baffling array of dots to reveal the hitherto obfuscated tapestry of that great master weaver of tales, Jules Verne."--Stephen Michaluk, coauthor of The Jules Verne Encyclopedia
." . . for those who love literature, a mystery, or solving puzzles, this book will be a gem."--Institute for Hermetic Studies, July 2007
An exploration of how Jules Verne used his writings to encrypt important Masonic and Rosicrucian secrets and sacred symbolism
· Investigates Verne’s connections to the prominent secret societies of his time: Freemasons, Golden Dawn, Angelic Society, and Rosicrucians
· Reveals how certain of Verne’s works hold the key to deciphering the Rennes-le-Château mystery
· Explores Verne’s relations with other authors whose works reveal similar esoteric influence: George Sand, Gaston Leroux, Bram Stoker, and Maurice Leblanc
Prolific author and pioneer of the science fiction novel, Jules Verne also possessed a hidden side that was encrypted into all his works--his active participation in the occult milieu of late-nineteenth-century France. Among the many esoteric secrets to be found are significant clues to the Rennes-le-Château mystery, including the location of a great treasure in the former Cathar region of France and the survival of the heirs to the Merovingian dynasty. Verne’s books also reveal Rosicrucian secrets of immortality, and some are constructed, like Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in accordance with Masonic initiation.
The passe-partout to Verne’s work (the skeleton key that is also the name of Phileas Fogg’s servant in Around the World in Eighty Days) lies in the initiatory language he employed to inscribe a second or even third layer of meaning beneath the main narrative, which is revealed in his skilled use of word play, homonyms, anagrams, and numerical combinations. The surface story itself is often a guide that tells the reader outright what he or she should be looking for. Far from innocuous stories for children, Verne’s work reveals itself to be rich with teachings on symbolism, esoteric traditions, sacred geography, and the secret history of humanity.
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