Da Vinci and Tey Essay

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The two pieces of work in question, The Daughters of Time by Josephine Tey and the film The Da Vinci Code are very similar in their main purposes. They are both taking a different view point on a well-known historical event and portraying it as a historical fact. They both also do this while also telling a fictional story. For example, The Da Vinci Code tells the story of a modern day quest for the Holy Grail and along the way we find out that the Holy Grail is not a cup but the holy bloodline of Jesus Christ himself. The Daughters of Time tells the story of a detective who uncovers the truth about the historical case of Richard III through his investigations. Both stories show that history can be misleading. No one is ever really sure what happened in history as history is written in the view point of the writer. The conclusion made in Tey's book is that Richard III did not actually kill his two nephews to gain the throne, but that the actual murderer was Henry VII. The book makes a strong case for this conclusion and it convinced the reader that Richard III did not kill his nephews. The Da Vinci Code argument on the other hand did not hold water in the reader's eyes. It said that the Holy Grail was not a cup but the holy bloodline of Christ. However in this case, the reader believes that history has held up and that the Holy Grail, in all likelihood, is a cup. Grant's conclusion at the end of the book is that Henry VII was the one who committed the murders, not Richard III. This could easily be believed. Tey describes how Henry had got his opposition party safely in jail on page 179. The only person who could have possibly stopped him, his mother, was battened down and taken away. It's obvious that Henry was making sure that any possible person who could have prevented him from getting away with it was killed. Henry was as safe as any murder ever could be

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