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Spirit of Portland: Revelations of a Sacred Isle by Gary Biltcliffe
Intrigued by The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons? Gary Biltcliffe has been studying the Isle of Portland in Dorset for many years and reveals some ground-breaking discoveries in this book, including a secret Masonic code found in Portland’s churches left as clues by 19th-century Freemasons.
Behind Portland’s dominant quarrying and naval heritage is an island with a fascinating past. Through local traditions and archaeology, the author reveals that a staggering number of stone circles, standing stones and burial mounds are testament to the importance and strategic position of this Dorset Isle throughout history.
Gary has spent 30 years researching and investigating earth mysteries, ancient civilisations and lost knowledge: ‘travelling and studying early cultures around the world gave me new insights into the missing areas of British history and our Celtic legacy, particularly the obscure Dark Ages’. He describes how the old Portland families are related to the mysterious Jutes and Phoenicians, leading him on a journey to the Vatican.
The Spirit of Portland explores other sacred aspects, including Portland’s geology, geometry, ley lines, holy wells and a giant figure formed from roads and footpaths. Although quarrying and development are rapidly changing the face of Portland, this book captures its essence.
Walks and maps in the book take you to hidden places, steeped in myth and legend, as any old Portlander will tell you.
Paperback: Colour, Illustrated, 196 pp
Publisher: Roving Press (July 2009, updated May 2012)
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Info: www.rovingpress.co.uk, tel 01300 321531