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Dan Brown's best-seller pretends to unravel the mystery behind a supposed centuries-old secret society, the Priory of Sion. His website lists this organization's existence as a "bizarre fact." Only problem: The group appears to be the invention of a fraudulent Frenchman, Philly's own Ed Bradley reported on 60 Minutes Sunday.
Yes, France's national library, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, does have papers that supposedly list the group's leaders all the way back to Isaac Newtown. But they were probaby deposited in the 1960s, and a man named Pierre Plantand is suspected to have concocted them to support his claim to be the latest grandmaster of the Priory of Sion, says the CBS report. One historian calls him "a fantastist." Another expert, asked where this fraud ranks in history, said, "This is undoubtedly the most magnificent — we take our hats off in admiration to the achievement. It's really quite extraordinary." See full text of the 60 Minutes report.
The film version of The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks (above), hits screens May 19.