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Within the world there are certain objects, talismans if you like, that seem to possess a curious almost magical power. Like Aladdin's lamp, ownership of such objects has always been the desire of powerful men. However, what they have often not realised is that this desire is not their own; rather it is the object, or should one say the unseen forces working through it, that causes the desire. Ownership then becomes a matter of destiny and changes in ownership can signify even apocalyptic events. One such object is the Spear of Destiny, supposedly the weapon which pierced the side of Christ. The possession of this talisman is said to have empowered Charlemagne to found the Holy Roman Empire. Adolf Hitler's possession of the spear is said to have triggered the start of his own megalomania: to build his Third Reich. This book concerns another talisman, perhaps the oldest and greatest of them all: the Lia Fail or Stone of Destiny. To look at it is not all that prepossessing: just a rather worn block of stone with iron handles protruding from its sides. Yet the mythology surrounding it is extraordinary. It predates even the Ark of the Covenant by hundreds if not thousands of years, for according to the legends, it is the self-same stone that was used by the patriarch Jacob (Israel) as both a pillow and an altar. In this timely work, Adrian Gilbert investigates the whole story of the Stone of Destiny, examining both the legends and the known history of this talismanic object. He explores the ancient history of the Near East showing how, when and why the stone could indeed have been brought to Ireland and how this understanding fits in with certain of the Edgar Cayce readings. He also looks at the stone in a way never before attempted and shows how its very dimensions provide hidden evidence that links it both to the pyramids of Egypt and to the Druidic religion of Britain, which some commentators believe was also imported from Egypt. Finally he suggests that while its recent removal from Westminster appears on the surface to have been nothing more than a political stunt, it was actually engineered from higher dimensions. For this stone truly is a talisman whose fate, like that of the Ark of the Covenant, is emblematic of the unfolding of prophetic history.
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Adrian Gilbert is a rarity, an author with a scientific mind, mystically attuned intuition and a gift for the written word. Over the past twenty-five years he has written eleven books, translated into some twenty-five languages with several, major, international best-sellers among them. Most of what he has written to date fits within the non-fiction, ancient mysteries genre, though he has recently written his first novel, 'Shadow of the Dragon', which The Booksmith will be publishing early next year. Adrian structures his books carefully and is meticulous about accuracy, but they are not academic tomes. On the contrary, they are usually written as first person adventure stories. This gives a stronger view-point and thereby make the reading experience more exciting. His books cover a wide field, from the true meaning of the Egyptian pyramids (The Orion Mystery), to the mysteries of the Maya (The Mayan Prophecies and 2012), to identifying the true King Arthur (The Holy Kingdom). Three of Adrian's books have been the subject of major, TV documentaries, the latest being London, the New Jerusalem, which features as an episode in the new, National Geographic Channel series: 'Ancient X-Files'. He has appeared in two, full length documentaries for the BBC and in the Discovery Channel series 'Ancient Aliens'. Well-known internationally, he has lectured in the UK, Canada, USA, South Africa, and Italy as well as hosting tours and cruises to Mexico, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Caribbean. He has also been interviewed for television and radio in many countries including the USA, Japan and Korea and is currently negotiating a new TV series to go with his latest work: Blood of Avalon.
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