In the book Foucault’s Pendulum by an Italian philosopher, critic and novelist Umberto Eco which was published first in 1988 and its translation appeared later which was done by William Weaver the book is divided in segments numbering about ten. It mostly refers to things like the alchemy, the Kabbalah stone and the theory of conspiracy.
The title of the book refers to a pendulum which was designed by French who was a physicist known a Leon Foucault. It was for the demonstration of the earth’s rotation which is significantly symbolic in the novel.
The conspiracy or the plot is all about some friends Belbo, Diotallevi and Cassaubon who were working for a publishing company known as Vanity in the city of Milan. Going about their job they came across manuscripts on theories of conspiracies of the occult .They saw they can do better and furthermore it can be more fun, so they invented their own for fun
As time went by Belbo, Casaubon and Diotallevi became obsessed with the so called Plan to an extent that they forgot it was game .Worse came to worst when other adherents of other conspiracies knew about their ‘Plan’ and took it very seriously even later on they came to believe that Belbo has the key to a certain treasure the Knights Templar which was lost. Some other plots are plots are also made to boost the theme of their ‘Plan’. Belbos experiences in Italy when he was a child in the time when 2nd world war was being fought justified...
his actions and the love Lorenzo Pellegrini and the constant want to stay away from any thought of failure.
In the case of Casaubon , the novel portrays him as a narrator who is in hiding for fear .The time of closure of the Parisian Museum( Musee des Arts et Metiers).His fears grows mostly when he believes members of an underground society have taken Belbo hostage and chances are now that they are looking for him and thus decides to have a little stay in the museum .Casaubon who was a student in Milan in the 1970s, met Belbo when he was doing a thesis on the Knights Templars history while the latter was an editor in a publishing firm .Their friendship is boosted when Belbo invites his new found friend to read a manuscript of a non-fiction novel or book on the templars .In their meeting Casaubon meets Belbo’s friend and colleague Diotallevi,who is a cabalist .The book they come across authored by a Colonel Ardenti is claiming that hidden code of a manuscript has given out a secret plot of then templars to rule the world or take it over
This conspiracy is for the revenge of killings of the leaders of the Templar by the King of France who disbanded their order. Colonel Ardenti adds that the guardians of the secret treasures were the Templars .The secret treasure was also thought to have the Holy Grail which the author postulates to be radioactive. According to the Colonel’s theory, after the Roman Catholic and the French disbanded the Templars on heresy
basis, some of them escaped and had cells around the world. They are mooted to be meeting at intervals in some places to exchange information concerning the Holy Grail .In the future or some time later the cells will unite to discover the location of the Grail and have a dominion over the whole world .The Colonel also asserts that the Templars were to take the world over in 1944 but the plan was interrupted. In the twist of events the Colonel Ardenti mysteriously disappears Belo and Casaubon meets him. The two are later
on investigated by a state investigator who tells them that his job is to investigate revolutionaries and people hinted to be in the occult
Casaubon later on meets a woman from Brazil named Amparo and they had a romantic relationship forcing him to leave Italy and follow her in Brazil spending two years there .In Brazil he learns about the Caribbean and their spiritualism .He meets a man named Aglie who seems to be knowledgeable on Occults. While he was still in Brazil, his friend Belbo sends him a letter telling him that he has gone to a meeting of occults .Casaubon and his lover also attends another meeting in Brazil. Being a Marxist, Amparo was later troubled when her religious and spiritual ideologies were strongly contradicted by the Occult rituals ending their relationship and Casaubon returns to Italy.
Returning to Milan, he begins to work as researcher (freelance) giving him an opportunity to meet another woman called Lia they fell in love and have a child .In his quest for a permanent job, Casaubon is hired by his friend’s boss a Mr. Garamond to do research on metals the company is manufacturing .Mr. Garamond also is the owner of the Manuzio a publishing company which later came up with the idea of publishing Occult books for the intention of attracting more authors. In the course of the publications, the three friends became deeply submerged in the manuscripts of the occult which had connections on different historical happenings and also they were able to make Aglie a reader
Beginning with Ardenti’s manuscript, they came up with the “The Plan’ developing it into a web of connections which was so intricate .Their first trial by Belbo’s personal computer which they
had nicknamed Abulafia was used to randomly rearrange the texts. They used Abulafia’s programs and files in creation of those connections and in inspiring the Plan which in the long run they ended up creating the Mary Magdalene theory of conspiracy which is at the centre of the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
Abulafia was of much use especially when the trio reached a more intricate mystery than they could solve .The evolution of the plan is slow but they later involved by the Knights Templar’s who have the knowledge of some energy currents called the telluric which occurs during crusades. The Templars are later on destroyed and their members went into cells located in Europe and in the Middle East. According to the original theory of the Colonel, the Templar’s meet occasionally in different places
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