Dan Brown

With Leonardo, improbable speculations are never-ending, The Da Vinci Code enthusiasts see the figure of St John (on the right in this detail of ‘The Last Supper’) as Mary Magdalene, hiding in plain sight

The codes and codswallop surrounding Leonardo da Vinci

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Leonardo da Vinci has suffered more than most artists from fake history and misinterpretation. But it doesn’t make him any less fascinating, says Martin Gayford

Dan Brown’s new target? The creepy Catholic sect with its very own pope and ‘Vatican’

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The truth about the Palmarian Catholic church is stranger than Dan Brown’s fiction

Standing figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD and Seated figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD

Egypt: where gods are born and go to die

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Tom Holland on Egypt, where the deities were born and history itself began

The erotic Mary, left, by Gregor Erhart (c.1515–20) and the penitent Mary, right, by El Greco (c.1577)

No one in the Bible has been as elaborately misrepresented as Mary Magdalene

22 November 2014 9:00 am

A bogus history book and a new oratorio turn Mary Magdalene into the wife of Jesus and a human rights activist. Damian Thompson feels sorry for the poor woman

Dan Brown's latest conspiracy theory - and the powerful people who believe it

25 May 2013 9:00 am

The novelist is not the first to say that we’re all doomed

Inferno, by Dan Brown - review

25 May 2013 9:00 am

The other day, while shopping in Tesco, I was surprised to find copies of the Inferno for sale by the…