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A book that claims to solve
one of life's great mysteries and gives you the chance to win a million pounds
sounds tempting - but is it too good to be true?
Inside Out investigates.
The book - called Maranatha - was launched last year.
to have the answer to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail.
Written in the
form of a puzzle it promises that whoever solves it will win a million pounds.
Duncan Burden from Lowestoft is one of the authors.
He wrote the
book with a group of friends and academics who want to remain anonymous.
claims they'd been studying medieval history for years and stumbled across the
Holy Grail almost by accident.
"This book will change your life in
so many ways," he claims.
Mystery of the Grail
actually is the Holy Grail?
Some believe it's a cup which held the blood
Others think the Grail is a living descendent of Jesus.
also think that a group of soldiers called the Knights Templar is involved in
keeping the identity and location of the Holy Grail secret.
there are sceptics, including Professor Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith, retired
Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge University.
legend of the Holy Grail is just that - a legend," he says.
a literary invention, albeit the most successful literary invention of all time.
"It was created by Chretien de Troyes in the 12th Century, who also
created the Arthurian myth. The work was never actually finished."
says that over the centuries people have claimed to discover the secret, but he
questions how anyone would ever prove it even if they did.
authors are confident the puzzle will be solved by the end of summer 2006.
say they'll donate a third of all profits to charity, and that once somebody has
solved the puzzle, it will be clear how to claim the million pounds.
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