Expert Analysis
Of Plagiarism Evidence

In The Da Vinci Code


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    Please note: Page numbers below and in other spreadsheet comparisions refer to the:

One example of the many similarities:

        The Da Vinci Legacy (Perdue, 1983):

        The Da Vinci Code (Brown, 2003)

    1. A Da Vinci scholar is killed.
    1. An art curator and senechaux of the Priory of Sion is killed.
    2. He is the fourth of his type to be killed.
    2. He is the fourth of his type to be killed.
    3. Before he dies, he leaves a last message,
    3. Before he dies, he leaves a last message,
    4. written in his own blood,
    4. written in his own blood,
    5. on his own body.
    5. on his own body.
    6. This occurs on page 35.
    6. This occurs on page 35.

Please note that there are many, many similar correlations in the supplemental        
datasheets, but those have not been factored into this spreadsheet yet.        
The books are about a quest        
By an identical hero see supplemental datasheet      
And an identical heroine see supplemental datasheet      
Seeking extraordinary documents 158 73 73  
that prove the divinity of 256 175 175  
The identical sacred woman who had been wronged by the church and who is a symbol for the Great Goddess
The documents will "shake the foundations" of the Catholic Church." 239 226 56  
The documents are so incredible they explode 158 175 175  
The quest is launched by the murder of an art expert 11 29 3  
who is dying when we first see him in the book 3 29 3  
and who who has a very nice office 26 2 2  
The art expert is the fourth member of his group to be killed.        
The art expert is about the same age 76 79 146  
and appearance 35 28    
And knows the Hero 22 15    
The Hero is accused of the art expert's murder. 47   260  
The art expert writes his last message in his own blood. 35 35    
The message sets the hero and heroine off on their quest        
The message is an awesome religious puzzle. 234 252    
provides the Heroine a clue leading to a painting 132 55 55  
which was painted on wood 133 52 52  
whose name refers to the woman being worshipped in the book
The provides the Heroine with a gold key that turns NO tumblers. 139 367 367  
The golden key provides access to a safe deposit box in a Zurich Bank. 171 276 276  
The Safe Deposit box holds another a container requiring a combination 197 316 316  
The contents of the container from the safe deposit box are another puzzle that sends them on a trip to a distant place. 285 316 316  
The Quest is further complicated by a secretive brotherhood with a contentious relationship with the Vatican headed by see supplemental datasheet      
A man of the cloth who believes the Catholic Church has strayed and that his brotherhood's way is the true faith. see supplemental datasheet      
The hero and heroine are stalked by a "hulk" assassin 12 8 66  
The hulk assassin is an "educator" or directed by one. 12 8    
When the hero and heroine are desperate and being pursued by the police, they turn to a former colleague, a member of the British upper-crust 218 277    
The hero and heroine need help for the journey and turn to a shapeshifter who joins the Quest 219 221 221  
The shapeshifter is very well educated 227 39 23  
snobbish and wealthy 217 39    
The Shapeshifter manipulates the hero and heroine and see supplemental datasheet      
Also manipulates the head of a key religious brotherhood. throughout      
The shapeshifter has no compunction about killing those close to him 387 7    
The shapeshifter has an intense emotional relationship with the Catholic Church and is motivated by that. 412 73 73  
Leonardo's Codex Leicester is used to make an important plot point and the same mistake of fact is duplicated 300 18    
Key to the documents is proof the church has conducted a spin campaign to smear the Goddess in order to support the male-domination in church ranks. 37 110 110  
The actions are called a cover-up 249 317 317  
The Cover-up is necessary because Jesus was a feminist 248 205 205  
The Hero and Heroine are cornered by a lower-ranking police officer and his fear of acting without his superior causes him to hesitate and allows the Hero and Heroine to escape. 270 339    
Events force low-ranking policeman to pursue hero and heropine, but he loses them 280 343    
A dramatic scene of life and death with the hero and heroine present takes place in a rarity in Christian architecture, a round church 343 348    
The shapershifter acquires the prize from the hero and heroine 361 372 372  
When the Hero and Heroine find themselves at a loss for direction, they turn to a computer database for help 377 293    
The shapeshifter almost wins but ultimately loses the prize 424 396 396  
The Heroine herself is a descendent of and a symbol for the Goddess
The denoument concludes without the prize/Grail in hand and the sentiment 445 409 409  
That the physical objects are not important, but that the mystery and faith are the real prize. 444 415 415  
CORRELATION 65% all plot points present    
    and in the same order    
Pages in each book. All correlations 454 400 422  
correct for differing page numbers to        
make comparisons valid.        

Or this  example which is identical in events, pacing, tone and sequence in both books:

  1. A slain curator of art leaves a gold key,
  2. concealed in a work of art,
  3. painted on wood.
  4. That work of art is named for the divine feminine at the center of the book.
  5. The gold key is not a traditional key that opens a tumbler.
  6. The key is left (with no instruction) for the book's heroine
  7. who is, herself, a symbol of and related to the divine feminine.
  8. The gold key allows access (but does not turn a lock) to a safe deposit box in a Zurich bank.
  9. The safe deposit box holds yet another container which has a combination that must be set.
  10. The contents of the container holds additional clues to finding the object of their search that send the hero and heroine to a foreign country.
  11. The object of their search is a set of bones and documents relating to the divine feminine at the heart of the book.


Or this comparison of the heroine:

BOOK TITLE The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Legacy Daughter of God
DATE PUBLISHED 2003 1983 2000
NAME Sophie Neveu Suzanne Storm Zoe Ridgeway
OCCUPATION Paris police officer, Cryptographer Art journalist Art broker, forgery detective
SECONDARY PREOCCUPATION Art, religion Undercover CIA agent Religion
EDUCATION French and English-speaking: Parisian, unspecified undergraduate and Royal Holloway (U.K.) (DVC:Ch54) French and English-speaking: Sorbonne (Paris) Skidmore (U.S.) (DVL:62) Dutch and English-speaking:UCLA, Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam (DoG:111)
EYES Green eyes (DVC:378) green (DVL:65) not specified
EYES: IDENTICAL WORDS Sophie Neveu entered, her green eyes flashing fear. (DVC:ch12) "Why did you do that?" she asked sharply, her green eyes flashing bright with the anger she battled to contain. (DVL:middle ch11)  
HAIR "thick burgundy hair" --(DVC:50) auburn (DVL:18) not specified
AGE 32 (DVC:50) 26 (DVL:83) 30-ish (DoG:12,35)
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE Distinctive, robust, not thin or "waifish" (DVC:50) Ample figure (DVL:77)  
OUTSTANDING PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS Capable, strong, resourceful woman who saves hero at least once. Capable, strong, resourceful woman who saves hero at least once. Capable, strong, resourceful woman who saves hero at least once.
HERO RECOGNIZES HER EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES Hero recognizes that the heroine is highly capable of taking care of the both of them. (DVC:86) Hero recognizes that the heroine is highly capable of taking care of the both of them. (DVL:180)  
JUMPING AT IDEAS At the heroine's suggestion (Sophie), the reluctant and confused hero (Langdon) simulates his escape from the Louvre restroom when she throws a bar of soap, containing a tracking device, out the window. (DVC:86) At the heroine's suggestion (Suzanne) and the reluctant and confused hero (Davis) escape from the Brotherhood's monastery by jumping off the roof into Lake Como. (DVL:263)  
HAUNTED BY THE PAST ... were trying to speak to her and offer some kind of resolution to the emptiness that had haunted her all these years." (DVC: Ch69) The television show, and her conduct, came back to haunt her. " (DVL:Ch8,begin)  
CHILDHOOD TRAGEDY THAT SHAPED HER PERSONALITY After parents are killed, she is raised by Grandfather who is artistic and very capable with his hands. He remains influence in her life   After mother vanishes, she is raised by father who is artistic and very capable with his hands. He remains influence in her life .(DoG:63)
GIFT Ability to spot the code solutions others miss (DVC:77)   ability to spot art forgeries others miss (DoG:5)

Hero | Brotherhoods | Shapeshifter | Villain | Gold Key/Painting/Bank |

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