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The Da Vinci Code: Fact, Fiction or Fake?
Michael Bailey, David Hunter, John Cunnally, and Gloria Betcher format: video
length: 1:04:22
Date Added: 03/07/2006

Abstract

The Da Vinci Code is a work of fiction, but the first page announces several "facts." Among these are that a group known as the Priory of Sion, central to the plot of the novel, "is a real organization," and that "in 1975 Paris's Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossier Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including...Leonardo da Vinci." While the Priory was a real order (briefly) in the Middle Ages, the Dossier secrets was revealed to be a forgery shortly after it was "discovered"--in other words, it was fake. This panel discussion explores issues of accuracy and responsibility that arise when an author of fiction appropriates so many elements of European history and culture and claims to be presenting readers with facts.

About the Authors

Michael Bailey is an assistant professor of History at Iowa State University. David Hunter is the Supple Chair of Catholic Studies and professor of philosophy and religious studies. John Cunnally is an associate professor of Art and Design. Gloria Betcher is a program coordinator in English.

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