The Turin Shroud is a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man, supposedly it is the burial shroud of Jesus. The shroud is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. The Catholic church neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, but Pope John Paul II called the Shroud “a mirror of the gospel”. You are about to find out why I love Leonardo da Vinci so much.
First of all Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince are not the ones that figured out that Da Vinci was the jokester behind the shroud. It is very well-known in occult circles. However they are the ones that have taken it the furthest and have actually proved it. When I read their book Turin Shroud, I instantly knew they were right because of my studies of Da Vinci and the biblical Jesus. For the true history on the biblical Jesus check out my post His Royal Jesus.
Until 1983 today’s Turin Shroud belonged to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. They acquired it in the mid 15th century from the de Charnys, minor members of the French aristocracy. Geoffrey II to be exact. The first documented history of the Charnys having it dates from 1389. This was a letter from the Bishop of Troyes, Pierre d’Arcis, to Pope Clement VII. This letter is known as the D’Arcis Memorandum and it denounces the Shroud as a fake, a cynical forgery created to defraud gullible pilgrims. He demanded the Pope ban the showing of this thing. D’Arcis even tells the Pope it was “cunningly painted”. Unfortunately for D’Arcis, Pope Clement VII was related to the Charnys, so he sided with them. What gives here? If D’Arcis can see it was painted by instantly looking at it, why can’t science see that today? This was also before the time of Da Vinci, so whats going on here?
In 1398 Geoffrey II died and his daughter Margaret inherited the shroud. She took it off display in 1418. Around 1464 she either gave it or sold it to the House of Savoy, headed by Louis and his wife Anne de Lusignan. In 1494 it reappeared in a rebuilt enlarged church specifically to house the shroud in Chambery. In 1532 a great blaze swept through the Sainte Chapelle in Chambery. Rumors circulated that the shroud had not survived the fire. The catholic church sent a commission to investigate. It took a year and a half, but they returned the shroud to view with patches over the burnt marks and a new backing. In 1578 the shroud was transferred to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This is where it has stayed except for during the Second World War.
Anyone that knows anything about Leonardo da Vinci, knows he did so much right under the nose of the catholic church. He did autopsies on bodies just to see how the human body worked. Autopsies were forbidden by the church. All his artwork has symbols in it that defy the catholic church because he knew the true history of Jesus. Da Vinci was a genius who could write with both hands. It is said that he could write a letter to two different people at the same time with both hands. He did mirror writing to keep the church from understanding what he was doing. Some of Da Vinci’s advanced ideas and inventions were flying machines, armored cars, diving suit, contact lenses, bicycle and camera obscura. Those of you saying he didn’t invent the bicycle don’t know his work. In 1967 they opened some of his work and found paintings and drawings of bicycles that he rode. Scholars were so flabbergasted by the work that they immediately called them a joke until it was proven to be from Da Vinci’s day.
Da Vinci was also into magic. It was even said by Frances Yates that Leonardo had a “Rosicrucian frame of mind”. He was very well-connected with the Templars. How does a heretic like Da Vinci work for the catholic church and give away secrets right under their nose? When Leonardo was 24 he and a group of young men were arrested and charged with heresy. I have read books that said he was charged with sodomy, but if he were found guilty of either sodomy or heresy it meant he would be burned alive. Either a family member or a close friend got him cleared of the charges, but part of the deal was he had to work for the church. This is why he was defiant towards the church. He was working against his will. Leonardo was a Johannite, which meant he venerated John the Baptist. For the reasons why he would venerate John the Baptist, see His Royal Jesus.
Leonardo da Vinci was working with dead bodies to do his studies of the human body. In the book Turin Shroud, Picknett and Prince show that Da Vinci was asked by Pope Innocent VIII to create the shroud. He took a picture of himself and super imposed it on one of the bodies he was studying. To see exactly how he did this you will have to read Picknett and Prince’s book. Da Vinci saw an opportunity to get back at the catholic church. Not only for what they did to him, but for lying and leading the ignorant masses into a pit of poison that is going to take forever to climb out. When Pope John Paul II said it mirrored the gospels, he was right . It was meant to deceive. I have a feeling the Pope knew exactly what he was saying. If you don’t think Da Vinci was capable of pulling something like this off, check out the Mystery Pit of Oak Island. He built that and no one has figured it out yet. This relic needs to be cherished, but not in the way people think. This is the very first picture ever taken on this world(at least in 50,000 years) and it is a picture of Leonardo da Vinci.