The Sign And The Seal

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The Sign And The Seal (1992)

"Added to the Holy Grail excitement of the quest, he has invented a new genre: an intellectual whodunit by a do-it-yourself sleuth."
The Guardian
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A journalist and travel writer in the employ of the Ethiopian government in the early 1980's hears mention that the great lost treasure of the Jewish race - the ark of the covenant in which Moses placed the ten commandments - is reputed to be held in a church somewhere in Ethiopia ...

The same man later sees the Hollywood blockbuster 'Raiders of the lost Ark', and an idea begins to find shape in his mind which will take some years to come to fruition ...

In 1989 at Chartres Cathedral, France, he is drawn to a small, seemingly insignificant carving which mysteriously hints that the tale he heard in Ethiopia may be true - that that may, in fact, be the last resting place of the Ark ...

The man is Graham Hancock - and the story of his quest to discover the truth behind the legends is the breathtaking real life adventure of The Sign and The Seal. the book that launched Graham into the bestseller lists worldwide.

Following obscure clues found within ancient stories and Biblical tales, through the occult knowledge gleaned from the coded Grail epic of Wolfram Von Eschenbach, and the obscure and secretive workings of the enigmatic Knights Templar, Graham traces the Ark from its source in ancient Egypt, to Jerusalem, and from there to its final resting place in Africa.

This is a tale worthy of Indiana Jones himself! A real modern day quest set against the lost knowledge of the ancient world and the political intrigues of the contemporary one.

Here is the first inkling that the technology of ancient Egypt, that produced the Ark, was something mysterious and powerful - a legacy, perhaps of something older and forgotten - here is the seeds that would flower in Fingerprints of the Gods. Was Moses an initiate of the lost Egyptian wisdom - the lost wisdom of the survivors of a cataclysmic flood?

A deeply personal account of a quest for meaning, The Sign and the Seal is a must-read for any interested in the ancient world or in the genesis of Graham Hancock's thinking.


See below for a sample chapter


The Sign and the Seal, Sample chapter: Chapter 1 (cont.)
By Graham Hancock

Contents

Part I: Legend

  1. Initiation
  2. Disenchantment

Part II: Holy Ark and Holy Grail

  1. The Grail Cypher
  2. A Map to Hidden Treasure
  3. White Knights, Dark Continent
  4. Resolving Doubts
  5. A Secret and Never-Ending Quest

Part III: Labyrinth

  1. Into Ethiopia
  2. Sacred Lake
  3. Ghost in a Maze
  4. And David danced before the Ark ...

Part IV: A Monstrous Instrument

  1. Magic ... or Method?
  2. Treasures of Darkness

Part V: Where is the Glory

  1. The Glory is departed from Israel
  2. Hidden History
  3. Door of the Southern Countries

Part VI: The Waste Land

  1. Supping with Devils
  2. A Treasure Hard to Attain
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