It is true that the book sales of both books have soared during the trial (in the case of HBHG
it is said to be a tenfold increase).
HBHG deals with a theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene married, had a child and the bloodline continues to this day, with a secret society protecting their heirs against wicked conspiracies enacted by the church.
In their court action, Baigent and Leigh said they spent five years researching their book and Dan Brown copied the central theme to avoid having to do his own research for his thriller version of HBHG.
He said the authors had invested a "massive amount of their lives" researching the HBHG between 1976 and 1981.
There can be no dispute that Brown was aware of the importance of the HBHG to the central theme when he wrote DVC.
It had never been an issue that Mr Brown looked at HBHG during the process of writing his "hugely successful thriller".
But HBHG did not have anything like the importance to Mr Brown which the claimants contend it had.
He said the authors had invested a 'massive amount of their lives' researching the HBHG
between 1976 and 1981.
Earlier, Jonathan Rayner James QC, representing the HBHG
authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, asked why his clients' work was the most heavily marked of all of Mr Brown's books used to research DVC.
Pressed again whether other critics had backed the author's accusation that the DVC plot was based on the central theme of HBHG
, Mr Baigent said: "I should have said 'appeared' to share.
He said the complaint was that HBHG
discloses the conjecture that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, that they had children who survived and married into a line of French kings, that the lineage continues today, and that there is a secret society based in France which has the objective of restoring this lineage to the thrones not only of France but of other European nations as well.
In brief, the complaint appears to be that HBHG
discloses the idea that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, that they had children which survived and married into a line of French kings, that the lineage continues today, and that there is a secret society based in France which has the objective of restoring this lineage to the thrones not only of France but to the thrones of other European nations as well, and that DVC uses some of this idea.