Fact, Prologue, Chapters 1-10 Summary

Fact
Before the novel proper begins, Brown presents a list of crucial facts:

The Priory of Sion is a real secret society, founded in 1099, and Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci were all members.

Opus Dei is an existing sect of devout Catholics.

"All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." This flat statement gives The Da Vinci Code more power and influence than most works of fiction.

Prologue
Prologue Characters:
Jacques Saunière

Prologue Summary:
Louvre Museum, Paris
10:46 P.M.
The curator of the Louvre...

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