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2006-04-14 12:52:11

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Vatican official on Friday railed against "The Da Vinci Code," branding the book and its upcoming film version as just more examples of Jesus being sold out by a wave of what he called "pseudo-historic" art. The official, preaching in the presence of Pope Benedict, also condemned the so-called "Gospel of Judas," an alternative view to traditional Christian teaching which has received wide media attention recently. Father Raniero...

2006-04-07 08:19:34

LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by U.S. author Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism. A judge at the High Court in London rejected allegations by two historians that Brown had stolen ideas from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail." The historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had brought the case against Brown's British publisher Random House. Judge Peter Smith gave his verdict at...

2006-04-07 08:30:57

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by -Aauthor Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism. A judge at the High Court in London rejected allegations by two historians that Brown had stolen ideas from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail." The historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had brought the case against Brown's British publisher Random House. Judge Peter Smith gave his...

2006-04-07 08:28:51

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by -Aauthor Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism. A judge at the High Court in London rejected allegations by two historians that Brown had stolen ideas from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail." The historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had brought the case against Brown's British publisher Random House. Judge Peter Smith gave his...

2006-03-28 11:14:24

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wave of religious books is coming to bookstores to cash in on "The Da Vinci Code" movie in May, including a book saying Jesus survived crucifixion and an Evangelical novel with a modern-day Mary Magdalene heroine. Americans are finally able to buy Dan Brown's best seller in paperback on Tuesday, three years after it was first published, and with "Da Vinci Code" fever as strong as ever, it's never been so profitable to write about...

2006-03-28 11:05:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- A wave of religious books is coming to bookstores to cash in on "The Da Vinci Code" movie in May, including a book saying Jesus survived crucifixion and an Evangelical novel with a modern-day Mary Magdalene heroine. Americans are finally able to buy Dan Brown's best seller in paperback on Tuesday, three years after it was first published, and with "Da Vinci Code" fever as strong as ever, it's never been so profitable to write about Christianity. After Brown's...

2006-03-20 13:54:28

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The copyright case brought by two historians who accuse Dan Brown of plagiarizing their work in "The Da Vinci Code" ended on Monday, and the presiding judge said he hoped to give a ruling by early April. Lasting more than three weeks, the closely watched hearings featured a tetchy Brown in the witness box, debate about the Merovingian monarchy, the Knights Templar and Jesus' bloodline, and revelations about the media-shy author and his wife...

2006-03-19 06:38:17

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A court case in which two historians accuse Dan Brown of copying their work in his novel "The Da Vinci Code" is due to finish on Monday, ending one of the most closely watched copyright claims of recent years. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh wrote "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," a work of historical conjecture published in 1982, which shares some of the same themes as Brown's best-selling religious thriller. They are suing Brown's...

2006-03-16 20:23:22

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - She has not appeared in court, and little is known about her. Yet the mysterious figure of Blythe Brown has loomed over a plagiarism trial in which her famous husband, author Dan Bown, stands accused of copying from another book to create his bestselling thriller "The Da Vinci Code." In Dan Brown's main witness statement, Blythe's name is mentioned in over one quarter of its 219 paragraphs. She launched his literary career by getting "187 Men...

2006-03-13 12:20:00

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Author Dan Brown said on Monday he was "astounded" at allegations by two historians that he copied their work wholesale when writing his best-selling religious thriller "The Da Vinci Code." In a statement released after he took the witness stand, the 41-year-old pointed out that he had credited the work of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh in his novel. "I would like to restate that I remain astounded by the claimants' choice to file this plagiarism...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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