History Headscratchers / TheDaVinciCode

15th Jan '16 8:58:12 PM laserviking42
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*** As a pedantic history point, witch burning was not really a Catholic thing, it was the Protestants that really really got into it. Catholics tended to burn heretics (people who taught religion differently than what the church said).
4th Nov '15 9:59:25 PM DonM435
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*** Is there anybody *else* who hails from Vinci and is world-famous? Certainly not anyone of Leonardo's stature! If he's the only superstar "from Vinci," why shouldn't he lay claim to that appellation? Now, "from Paris," "from London," "from Brooklyn" et al. are still contested.
27th Mar '15 3:45:30 AM Morgenthaler
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** 3) Just because an author writes a book that's found in the fiction section, does not mean that they intend it to be taken as all made-up. See also ''SchindlersList'', ''TheLastKingOfScotland'' and ''Arthur & George'. Unless you think that Idi Amin, Oskar Schindler and Arthur Conan Doyle are all made up characters of course.

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** 3) Just because an author writes a book that's found in the fiction section, does not mean that they intend it to be taken as all made-up. See also ''SchindlersList'', ''TheLastKingOfScotland'' ''Film/SchindlersList'', ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'' and ''Arthur & George'. Unless you think that Idi Amin, Oskar Schindler and Arthur Conan Doyle are all made up characters of course.
26th Oct '13 8:27:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** Wait, if we "don't know/forgot what 'da' means" then why'd the first guy say it means 'of' at the top? Contradiction much? More importantly, what would ''you'' have called the book? I see a nice helping of ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike but no suggestions as to make it better...

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*** Wait, if we "don't know/forgot what 'da' means" then why'd the first guy say it means 'of' at the top? Contradiction much? More importantly, what would ''you'' have called the book? I see a nice helping of ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike but no suggestions as to make it better...



**** The above poster is correct - I meant 'english speaker', sorry for my mistake. As for ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike, I've never read the book nor have ever had the urge to, and pointing out an obvious error that anyone with a knowledge of the Renaissance would know is not a personal vendetta. Also, Just Bugs Me is for pointing out errors, not 'suggestions to make it better'.

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**** The above poster is correct - I meant 'english speaker', sorry for my mistake. As for ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike, Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike, I've never read the book nor have ever had the urge to, and pointing out an obvious error that anyone with a knowledge of the Renaissance would know is not a personal vendetta. Also, Just Bugs Me is for pointing out errors, not 'suggestions to make it better'.
8th Oct '13 4:59:46 PM NolanRBurke
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** The implication seems to be that he's a particularly ambitious officer who's especially passionate about this case, which causes poor judgement on his part. Though that doesn't gel very well with his apparently solid reputation as a lawman.
5th Apr '13 7:59:25 PM Ingonyama
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*** But just because something can be judged as historically inaccurate doesn't mean it's real as opposed to fiction either; it means it is ''based'' on reality. Except the inaccurate part means they didn't base it on it very well. Calling something fiction, even if it has a historical basis, means people will know that by definition not everything in it is real, even apart from its accuracy to the real facts; but claiming it as real means people will assume everything in it is both real and accurate. So combine Dan Brown's claim with there being people who wanted to believe such things about the Catholic Church and you can see why the MoralGuardians got up in arms (not that they had anything to worry about, since anyone with any intelligence and an ability to do research can find out exactly how much and how little in the book was true, and the ones who couldn't do that would be credulous enough to believe it regardless any claims Brown made).
5th Apr '13 7:51:39 PM Ingonyama
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**** That sounds like a pretty cool premise actually!


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**** While ''you'' are correct that this is a case of mistaken assumptions and PopCulturalOsmosis rather than actual etymological change, you note yourself that "this happens all the time". I.e., it's always been going on, and it will always go on. It may not be right, but as the poster above you noted, it's just a fact that cannot be changed, any more than Leonardo's surname. Even if you held a press conference tomorrow announcing Leonardo's true name, people would ignore it or continue to misunderstand; if you made sure every history book or school book had his name right, kids would still learn it wrong. So instead of fighting something that is absolutely futile to fight, perhaps you could focus on something that actually can be changed. Or just keep letting it annoy and upset you, of course.
25th Jan '12 5:13:41 AM Lightice
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** There are plenty of people who believe in God, and that Jesus was a great religious teacher, but not that he was a God incarnate.
16th Dec '11 2:04:44 PM Micah
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** 3) Just because an author writes a book that's found in the fiction section, does not mean that they intend it to be taken as all made-up. See also ''[=~Schindler's List~=]'', ''TheLastKingOfScotland'' and ''Arthur & George'. Unless you think that Idi Amin, Oskar Schindler and Arthur Conan Doyle are all made up characters of course.

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** 3) Just because an author writes a book that's found in the fiction section, does not mean that they intend it to be taken as all made-up. See also ''[=~Schindler's List~=]'', ''SchindlersList'', ''TheLastKingOfScotland'' and ''Arthur & George'. Unless you think that Idi Amin, Oskar Schindler and Arthur Conan Doyle are all made up characters of course.
12th Jul '11 8:32:51 PM DJMarred
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** It's been a while since I read that book, but it's probably a figure of speech, as in "start begging for mercy".
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