... in researching and creating The Da Vinci Code. From this AP article:
In a witness statement released Monday as Brown took the stand, the writer said it was “absurd to suggest that I have organized and presented my novel in accordance with the same general principles” as the earlier book.
Responding to questions from the plaintiffs' attorney, Brown said much of the research for the book was done by his wife, Blythe. “She was deeply passionate about the sacred feminine,” Brown said.
Brown also admitted that Holy Blood, Holy Grail is the book that "brought the [Jesus and Mary Magdalene bloodline] story to mainstream attention," but insisted that he and his
wife had not consulted it for research
until after the ideas and storyline of The Da Vinci Code were “very
well developed.” “All of my early research came from other sources,” he said.
That could be true, of course, but it doesn't sound convincing in the least. If HBHG is the major work about the nonsensical bloodline "theory", and TDC ends up containing references to the book's title and authors, and the novel uses HBHG's phrasing and verbiage in several places, are we really to believe it was a late and minor part of Brown's "research"? C'mon — how gullible does Brown think people? Oh, that's right: so gullible that even high profile television journalists have been taken in by the Coded Con.
Brown's legal team once again apparently used the "many ideas found in HBHG do not appear in TDVC, so Brown didn't borrow anything from HBHG," which is like a thief saying, "Well, two of your three cars are still in your driveway so I clearly didn't take the missing one." And:
Under cross-examination, Brown acknowledged some uncertainty about the dates of events leading up to the March 18, 2003, publication of “The Da Vinci Code. In his statement, however, he said he was certain he and his wife had not consulted “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” for research until after the ideas and storyline of “The Da Vinci Code” were “very well developed.” ... Among the documents submitted to court were 39 books and more than 300 documents Brown said he consulted while writing “The Da Vinci Code.”