16 Reasons Why the Da Vinci Code is Full of Inaccurate History
16 Reasons Why the Da Vinci Code is Full of Inaccurate History

16 Reasons Why the Da Vinci Code is Full of Inaccurate History

Trista - October 29, 2018

16 Reasons Why the Da Vinci Code is Full of Inaccurate History
The Château de Montségur aka the Cathar castle. catharcastles.info.

2. The Cathars Did Not Possess The Holy Grail

The Grail legend that The Da Vinci Code is based on draws heavily from the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, a 1982 novel that involves speculation about the Holy Grail in the region of southern France. One thing of particular interest to the authors was the mysterious heretical sect known as the Cathars. They had a castle on Montsegur, which was besieged in 1244 as part of the Crusades. Shortly before the Cathars surrendered, some of them escaped by being roped down the face of a sheer cliff, carrying with them a mysterious object.

The authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail speculated that the object that they were carrying was a collection of documents regarding Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene; in fact, their knowledge of this relationship formed the basis of the Cathar heresy. Dan Brown drew on this speculation in presenting Robert Langdon’s quest for the Holy Grail in The Da Vinci Code. However, the fact is that we have no idea what, if anything, was carried out of Montsegur that night.

Additionally, the substance of the Cathar heresy could not have been the supposed “truth” about the bloodline of Jesus. Why? The Cathars were Gnostics. As such, they believed that the material world was inherently evil and therefore could not have revered the man Jesus; instead, they thought His true nature to be entirely divine. They believed that marriage and procreation were, though necessary, evil. So no, they could not have based their belief system on the marriage of Jesus or set any stock on a belief about His bloodline.

16 Reasons Why the Da Vinci Code is Full of Inaccurate History
Il Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena, The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci. Public Domain / Wikipedia.

1. Leonardo Da Vinci Did Not Paint Mary Magdalene

The title of The Da Vinci Code comes from the idea that Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper features not Jesus and 12 male disciples, but rather Jesus sitting next to a woman, Mary Magdalene. The two are positioned in such a way that their hips touch each other’s, but their bodies move apart, forming a “W” shape, signifying a vessel or the female womb. A larger “M” shape can be found in the painting, which stands for “Magdalene” or “matrimonious,” indicating that the two were married. Various other clues can supposedly be found in other paintings by the same painter, and Robert Langdon had to decipher these clues in his quest to find the Holy Grail and recover the sacred feminine that was supposedly revered by the early church.

The problem is that placed into the context of what we know about Leonardo Da Vinci, and his other paintings, the figure in question was, in fact, the disciple John, not Mary Magdalene. Da Vinci painted numerous pictures of effeminate young men who appear to have androgynous features. His final painting was of John the Baptist, and he seems to have feminine features which could lead to him being mistaken for a female. The same idea is apparent in The Mona Lisa, who is a female with androgynous features.

Additionally, Da Vinci was known to be a trickster who enjoyed using his work to mess with people’s minds. In fact, the notorious Voynich Manuscript, which a myriad of researchers have attempted to interpret but have found to be impossible, may have been written by him when he was a child, purely as a means of confusing people.


Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

“Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.” Harvard University.

“Rosslyn Chapel: Da Vinci Code’s Holy Grail Theory Debunked,” by George Mair. The Scotsman. January 13, 2016.

“Catharism.” Wikipedia.

“The Real Da Vinci Code with Tony Robinson.” DocumentaryTube.

“Pierre Plantard.” Wikipedia.

“Merovingian Dynasty.” Wikipedia.

“Opus Dei.” BBC. August 10, 2009.

“The Da Vinci Code” Dan Brown

“Da Vinci Code Ideas ‘Were Not Copied'”. The Guardian.

“Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene Is Fact, Not Fiction”. Huff Post.

“The “Bride of Christ” Is Not the Church”. Owlcation.